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Shore Country Day School

Shore Country Day School

Grades: Pre-K - 9
Type: Day
Gender: Coed


At Shore Country Day School, extraordinary teachers and a transformative approach inspire children for the rest of their lives. Deeply grounded in the liberal arts, and enhanced by curriculum-wide emphasis on inquiry and creative expression, Shore’s rich program and caring community help each child find their spark.

Shore faculty members are recognized by parents year after year for their ability to engage every learner in adventurous education; they are proud to see themselves as guides and coaches placing students of every age at the center of their own learning. The Shore education emphasizes emotional growth and social responsibility just as much as academic achievement. Recess, physical education, and team sports are core to Shore’s program, and the school’s Community Code exemplifies a deeply felt dedication to the well-being of the whole child. Inside the Center for Creativity, robust offerings in studio arts, music, drama, design, and engineering prepare students to thrive in a changing world that values flexible, agile thinking which crosses old boundaries with ease.

Shore’s stunning Innovation Lab is a model that top schools come to study, and its renowned outdoor education and service learning programs—from day trips in pre-K to international travel in grade_9—are the most extensive in the region. Whether inspired by a caring teacher or coach, inspiring an audience through the arts, or finding inspiration in a risk taken, students at Shore discover the excitement of experiencing the world with curiosity, compassion, and courage.

Keywords: outdoor, experiential, Harkness, Reggio Emilia, athletics, North Shore, independent, progressive, middle school, preschool, pre-k

Teaching Philosophy

Shore challenges and supports every individual child as they become effective communicators, bold creators, and confident collaborators. We recognize that a student’s best preparation for secondary school—and for life—is mastering successful academic and social-emotional behaviors, including the ability to organize, to break down complex assignments, to be resilient when facing failure, to work with peers, and to be open to new ideas. Above all, Shore seeks to educate strong self-advocates who know the value of seeking help from teachers.

At every age, writing and discussion are central in Shore classrooms. Graduates point proudly to their preparedness for high school and college-level work, and they extol the value of the countless times they stood before an audience and recited, sang, or spoke extemporaneously.

Joy in learning and self-discovery is just as essential. Shore’s program recognizes that the key to happy, resilient children is balanced experiences in a wide range of disciplines and pursuits, including athletics, fine arts, music, and performance.

Our school is grounded in the Community Code, which defines shared expectations for being kind, honest, compassionate, accountable, and the best we can possibly be. These same expectations shape the strong parent partnerships that are vital to our success. Regular communication and active engagement with classroom teachers and administrators help to foster a team approach to supporting children.

At the same time, Shore believes that making their own choices and mistakes helps children to develop independence that is not possible when parents or teachers seek to overly constrain the school experience. Children want to know they are “known”. While adults may feel pressure to help a child begin building a resume for secondary school or college admissions, at Shore we aspire to see children become the best version of themselves.

Mission Statement

Shore's mission is to provide an education that inspires a love of learning and encourages children to embrace academic challenge. We seek to build character, cultivate creativity, and value diversity as we help our children become healthy, compassionate citizens of the world.