About Us

OUR HISTORY

The Learning Community Day School is a non-profit, non-discriminatory, independent school, licensed by the Connecticut State Department of Public Health Services and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Learning Community Day School was founded in 1971 by a group of parents who sought an alternative to public school education. Our philosophy and curriculum have grown from that commitment to alternative education and a holistic approach to learning. There are approximately 105 children enrolled at LCDS. Families often come from Westport, Weston, Wilton, Norwalk and Fairfield.

OUR MISSION

The Learning Community Day School is a democratic community whose mission is to encourage, prepare, and educate children to become enlightened, self-assured, responsible, and enthusiastic participants in life.

OUR PHILOSOPHY

Children are guided to be free and creative in self-expression. Their personal interests are utilized as a springboard for learning. This teaching strategy leverages the Project Approach, which focuses on the children’s interests to help guide the classroom curriculum. They learn to appreciate both teachers and peers as individuals, and in turn, the appreciation is reciprocated. These are beliefs that form the cornerstone of our philosophy and provide children with a strong foundation for their future.

LCDS is a child-centered school rather than a teacher-centered program. We give priority to the needs and interests of our children. This requires individualized curriculum that encourages children to learn at their own rates and explore their own interests.

Our program offers a low student-teacher ratio, opportunities for creative expression, physical development and positive social interaction. We encourage real self-esteem and self-confidence with a focus on developing language and negotiation skills.

Play is the highest form of research.
- Albert Einstein
You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. 
- Plato

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