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"When we began to look at South Orange Country Day, we were faced with the dilemma of switching our children from a school that our children were very comfortable to a new environment. Our children, particularly our son, was not really good with change. As we expected, the first couple of days he was uncooperative. In response, the folks at SOCDS were very patient...they worked with him...they found things that he wanted to do...slowly they built his level of engagement. At the two month mark, we sat down with Ms. Annemarie and his teacher and to our surprise, not only had he adjusted, his real potential had started to surface."

SOCDS Parent

Welcome to SOCDS

Thank you for your interest in our school. For the past four years I have been on a journey to create an environment that encourages learning, fosters independence, and demands personal responsi- bility for both our students and our staff. I am proud to say that we have made giant steps on this journey, and continue to move forward. One change we made this fall was the creation of our Morning Message. The entire school meets on the blacktop to greet each other, perform morning stretches, recite the Pledge of Allegiance, and to sing Happy Birthday to the celebrants. Teachers have taken a leadership role in leading monthly school wide projects that include Johnny Appleseed Day, Exercise Day, America Recycles Day, and many more. Both Morning Message and these monthly school wide activities have helped us build a common experience and vocabulary amongst our students.

Annemarie Maini
Director

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