Who We Are Buckley Country Day School is a private, mission-driven, independent co-educational day school, serving 330 children in grades toddler through eight. The school provides a superior elementary education to an intellectually capable and diverse student body in a dynamic learning community. Founded in 1923, Buckley opened the doors of its first building in Great Neck to a class of twenty-three children. In 1955, as the school’s enrollment continued to increase, the school moved to its current location in the Village of North Hills on the North Shore of Long Island.
What We Do Buckley provides the foundation that enables our students to achieve their full potential and excel as educated, ethical, and self-confident individuals. The school emphasizes the mastery of both fundamental skills as well as skills to ensure success in our fast-changing globally-oriented world. Critical thinking, creativity, communication, collaboration, and character, known as "The Five C's," are integrated throughout the curriculum and the very fabric of our culture. This approach imbues our students with a life-long passion for learning, and lays the groundwork for every student to lead a life of achievement and leadership as they prepare for the challenges of the 21st century.
The Buckley Faculty is recruited nationally and internationally with advanced degrees in their respective fields, recognized success in education, and a commitment to being role models for young people. They are dedicated to life-long learning and continued professional growth, and are noted as presenters at national conferences. They use a broad repertoire of teaching techniques and technologies, enhancing students' skills by integrating these approaches throughout the curriculum. At the same time, our faculty provides opportunities for our children to explore and take risks within a safe and supportive environment, bringing out the joy of learning in each child.
The Buckley Curriculum incorporates enriched instruction in literacy, mathematics, and science, supported by current educational research; multiple technologies for "anytime, anyplace learning"; study of world languages, beginning in Pre-Kindergarten; creative self-expression through the visual and performing arts; and fitness and physical skills, beginning in early childhood and culminating with athletic competition in middle school. We have been an affiliate school of Columbia University Teachers College Reading and Writing Project since September 2010.
The Buckley Graduate is well prepared for entry into and success in, secondary schools and beyond. Each has been educated to communicate well, to collaborate effectively, to think critically, to problem solve, to exercise good judgment, and to embrace leadership opportunities. They are offered places at the most selective secondary schools on Long Island and in New York City as well as at prestigious boarding schools in the Northeast.
Buckley Facilities Buckley resides on a 28-acre campus that includes three beautiful athletic fields, tennis courts, and three playgrounds. The building houses all the classrooms, three science labs, our new Innovation Lab (iLab), an art studio, a woodshop, a black box theater and three gymnasiums. Every classroom in grades 1-8 is equipped with SMART Board technology to enhance teaching and learning. The state-of-the-art Hagedorn Library Learning Center contains 19,300 volumes and is used extensively by our children, starting in our toddler program.
The Numbers It All Adds Up
members serving on the Board of Trustees
faculty with advanced degrees
average years of teaching experience
average years at Buckley
7 : 1
student faculty ratio
1 : 1
iPads, grades 3-8
1 : 2
iPads, grades 1-2
average class size PK-8
students in grades 5-8 score in the 95th-percentile or above in math and verbal skills, qualifying for the Johns Hopkins CTY.
world languages required PK-8; include Mandarin, Spanish and French.
years of Latin required, grades 7-8
after-school classes offered, including chess, robotics, STEM challenge, yoga, tennis, lacrosse and drama.