CCDS provides a blend of academic and mental health services for students in a loving environment tailored to meet the unique needs of each child.
Our Approach to Education
Community Country Day School was founded in September 1968 by the Reverend and Mrs. Charles Kennedy because they wanted to provide a place where students could learn in a warm, family-like setting. Over the years, CCDS has worked to maintain those small class sizes and the individual, caring connection with students and families that is the hallmark of the school’s original vision. Our educational environment takes shape around two blended streams of learning and treatment that come together in a cohesive whole.
Community Country Day School educates the whole child – academically, physically, emotionally, and socially. We offer advantages in the field of mental health that no other school in the Erie area, public or private, offers. CCDS serves Erie County with state-licensed educational and mental health programs, providing an effective alternative to costly inpatient psychiatric care for children and adolescents.
In a single small classroom for each of grades 1 through 12, CCDS enrolls both regular education students and students in our partial hospitalization treatment program. Both seek the small, individualized, family-like setting rooted in the values of love and acceptance that often stand in stark contrast to the impersonal and detached
approaches they found and rejected in their local school districts. By the time many students reach CCDS, families are at the end of their rope and welcome the inclusive, positive, loving environment we have established for students.
Our services, licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, include:
- Education for students in grades 1-12, inclusive of special education and emotional support programming.
- Partial hospitalization for psychiatric care with a minimum of 20 hours per week of therapeutic services guided by an individual care plan that includes individual, group and family therapies, psycho-educational groups, medical and psychiatric diagnostic evaluation, and medication management.
- Extracurricular support services, school trips, sports, and after-school and summer programming.
Over the past several years, Community Country Day School has:
- We have emerged from bankruptcy and implemented a culture of fiscal discipline.
- We have increased enrollment and doubled our number of financial donors.
- We have minimized staff turnover through increased training and support.
- We have established a unique identity around our inclusive classroom setting that combines special and regular education students in a way that normalizes the educational experience for all and empowers students to act as positive role models for their peers.
- We have developed partnerships with school districts and collaborating mental health agencies.
- We have hosted interns from all four local colleges and have initiated a volunteer corps of retired teachers.
- We continually invest in the quality of our partial hospitalization program, extra-curricular activities, school trips, sports, and summer programming.