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A Message from the Head of the Upper School

Welcome to the Buckley Country Day Upper School
Fifth through Eighth Grade

The years when a child is ten to fourteen are a critical period for the development of leadership, self-advocacy, resilience and the ability and desire to be a life-long learner. The committed adults in the upper school take their part in this partnership to create well-rounded, high-achieving young adults seriously, and approach it with joy, creativity and flexibility.

A superior academic program is complemented and supported by a well-developed advisory program that provides each child with a mentor; a physical education and sports program that enables students to develop life-long habits of wellness; a deep, varied and integrated approach to the arts that offers opportunities for exploration and growth; and an emphasis on leadership and ownership that more than prepares our graduates to excel at the high schools of their choice. Small class sizes, a thorough, research-based understanding of learning styles and a commitment to differentiation allows students in the upper school to achieve personal excellence in core areas. Students, families and staff are encouraged to celebrate their diversity as an integral part of the Buckley Community, and differences in backgrounds and outlooks are used for conversation and learning.

While Buckley is traditional in the sense that it believes that the purpose of an elementary education is to help create well-rounded young people who value and pursue learning, the school thoughtfully applies the latest technologies as part of this process and seeks to create meaningful connections to an increasingly interconnected world. While this is true of the continuum at Buckley, it becomes most visible and reaches its fullest expression during the upper school years.

Whether you are a potential Buckley family or a community member interested in what great 21st century education looks like, I invite you to visit our school. It is always our pleasure to share what we do with others.

My best to you and yours,


Peter Cline
Assistant Headmaster
Head of Upper School


Head of the Upper School

Upper School Director
Mr. Peter Cline 

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