Founded in 1923, Buckley Country Day School is a co-educational independent day school serving 350 children in grades Toddler through Eight. Buckley is located on a 28-acre campus in the Village of North Hills. The founders’ vision was to create an independent school in the area, modeled after some of the schools that their children attended in New York City. The School was designed as a rigorous learning institution to prepare students for entry into selective secondary schools. The school’s founders turned to B. Lord Buckley for advice; he was the founder and Headmaster of The Buckley School in New York City.
Our Mission: Opening The Eyes And Awakening The Mind
The school’s mission is grounded in the belief expressed by B. Lord Buckley that Opening The Eyes And Awakening The Mind is the essence of education. Guided by that mission for almost a century, Buckley has purposely focused on developing a rigorous curriculum and teaching skills required for the students’ future, while remaining committed to a liberal arts education dedicated to nurturing the “whole child.” As audacious as it may seem, life readiness is our ultimate educational objective.
Buckley’s curriculum is the vehicle of our mission. It is demanding and requires students to be fully engaged and willing to take risks. As they move up the grade levels, our students are expected to take an increasingly active role in their learning. Our curriculum has been thoughtfully designed and scaffolded for students to continuously hone essential skills and develop cognitive agility in order to apply their skillset to solve new problems.
Buckley fosters a dynamic learning community where children are inspired and well prepared to excel as educated, ethical, and confident individuals. Our curriculum is meant to prepare our students to become socially responsible citizens and educated decision-makers. Thus, we seek to offer a comprehensive, inquiry-based curriculum informed by current research, student assessment, and best practices. Our programs and culture are rooted in a child-centered, value-based education within a diverse, inclusive, nurturing, and tradition-rich community. We use a broad repertoire of strategies in order to differentiate teaching and learning.
Our curriculum framework reflects what we believe to be essential skills for our students:
- Critical Thinking: The ability to think critically and creatively in order to process the voluminous amount of information at one’s fingertips and solve problems;
- Communication: the ability to communicate one’s thinking effectively and using multiple media;
- Collaboration: the ability to consider and embrace multiple perspectives and divergent opinions to solve problems;
- Creativity: the ability to stretch one’s thinking in order to create new knowledge;
- Cultural Competence: the ability to employ a range of skills to engage in effective interactions with people and places that are different than one’s own;
- Character: the ability to develop and demonstrate character traits and emotional intelligence skills, among which are Empathy, Resilience, Self-Control, Curiosity, Agency, and Open-Mindedness.
Buckley’s size and low student-teacher ratio enable our exceptional faculty to maximize individual attention. Buckley teachers are carefully selected based on their credentials (87% hold advance degrees), their experience (14 years on average), their understanding of teaching and learning, their passion for their craft, and their ability to serve as positive role models for their students. The professional culture of the school is one of excellence, collaboration, and growth.
Our Core Values of Integrity, Perseverance, Kindness, Personal and Social Responsibility, and Mutual Respect are purposely woven into all aspects of teaching and learning at Buckley.
Our Community and Our Students
Buckley’s grade level configuration and size are designed intentionally. We believe that K-8 or T-8 schools provide the best preparation for secondary school and beyond, a claim that has long been substantiated by educational research concluding that “there is clear evidence that the K-8 model has a significant positive effect on academic achievement, openness to learning, and student behavior.” Buckley is a school community where children can take their time to grow and at the same time be given early leadership opportunities. The process of reevaluating the best and most suitable secondary school options at the end of eighth grade, at a time when the students are actually ready for the transition, is a unique and special experience provided in K-8 schools. In a school where most children will spend more than a decade of their most formative years, students are naturally and deliberately encouraged to develop a profound sense of self-awareness and “write their own story.”
Buckley seeks to attract, admit, and enroll capable, curious, and motivated students, creating a diverse community of families who embrace our core values. One of our major strengths is the ethnic, religious, and socio-economic diversity of our student body. We firmly believe that the experience of all of our students is enriched by the multiple perspectives that a diverse student body brings into the classroom.