In 1926, forty-five boys dressed in orange and black sweaters arrived for their first day at The Greenwich Country Day School.
Today, GCDS is the largest independent elementary and middle school in the country and a leader in the field of education. A transition of that magnitude does not happen without bold vision, hard work, and tremendous generosity.
We have inherited excellence, and I believe it is our responsibility to leave GCDS even stronger for the next generation. An enduringly great school—a school that is built to last—must combine unwavering commitment to core values with the pursuit of continuous improvement.
We know that the world our graduates enter will be increasingly fast-paced, increasingly global. We know they will be faced with complex national and international issues involving technology, energy, government, finance, economic development, environmental sustainability, medicine, and human rights.
This turbulent world will need leaders who are both intellectually nimble and morally centered—individuals who can adapt to change, learn on the fly, and stay open to new ideas, while never losing their grounding in honesty, integrity, and courage.
Country Day has a crucial role to play in preparing these leaders. Our purposeful mission of academic rigor and character development is as relevant today as it was at our school’s founding.
On Old Church Road, we pursue this goal every day with the hope that 10, 20, 30 years from now—when the pressures are greater and the stakes are higher—your children are the ones with the courage to step forward and change the world.
Preparing students to build the future will take all of us. Whether you are looking for a great school for your child, an opportunity for professional growth, ways to be involved as a current Country Day parent, or a chance to stay connected as an alum, I hope you will join us on campus and experience our program firsthand.
| ADAM C. ROHDIE
SPEECHES & ARTICLES BY HEADMASTER ROHDIE
- Introduction to GCDS Strategic Plan
A few weeks ago, I was driving a second grader who was "Head of the Lower School for a day" around campus. . . Read more >
- A Conversation with Deepak Chopra
GCDS Speaker Series, February 2, 2012
Dr. Chopra discusses his book "The Seven Spiritual Laws for Parents: Guiding Your Children to Success and Fullfilment" with Headmaster Rohdie. Watch video >
- "Draw the Person Across From You": The Courage to Be Creative
Annual Dinner Speech, October 2011
At your table, there's an orange pencil. It's time to pick it up . . . This will be fun, trust me. . . Read more >