Detroit Country Day School (DCDS) students smile for the camera. Three students sit in front and two students stand behind as they work on a chemistry project.

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How Detroit Country Day School is reinventing the education experience for 21st-century learners through renovated spaces and student-first mentality

Schools all over the world struggle to keep up with the rapid evolution of technology, and the changing environment that social media and digital advances have created for students.

Detroit Country Day School (DCDS) students smile for the camera. Three students sit in front and two students stand behind as they work on a chemistry project.

At Detroit Country Day School, the goal is not to try to keep pace with change, but to anticipate it. The school prioritizes student growth with a unique approach to learning called EPIIC—that goes beyond what students learn to focus on how students learn. EPIIC is Experiential, Participatory, Image-Rich, Interdisciplinary, and Connected learning. It is the framework for building creative problem solvers and leaders in a global landscape and develop the complex, collaborative, and creative skills needed for future careers.

To apply that which they know, to build frameworks for solutions, and to be the innovators that others chase—that is what EPIIC instills in a DCDS student.

Detroit Country Day School VIVID classroom renovations.

Today, every element of 21st century learning and the EPIIC philosophy is reflected in the remarkable new facilities now under construction through the VIVID Capital Campaign—from a big picture reimagining of the STEAM, music, and physical activity classrooms down to the personal and small group learning spaces.

The $33 million VIVID project will take the DCDS facilities to an entirely new level. The dramatic renovations and expansions include adding collaborative spaces and dedicated classrooms for every teacher, along with new learning centers for Grades 5 & 6 and Grades 7 & 8 at the Middle School; and expanding classrooms, creating specially designed art and music spaces, dedicated gym space and enhanced secured entry areas at the Lower School; and the addition of a professional grade film studio at the Upper School.

The Middle School enhancements were completed in time for the 2018-19 school year, and the groundbreaking for the Lower School expansion is this fall.

The significance of the VIVID Campaign is far greater than construction projects; it signals an innovative and forward-thinking approach to the DCDS community and most importantly, its students.

 

 

 

 

 

Detroit Country Day School VIVID classroom renovations. Students sit on colorful cubes to learn in the Cloud Commons from a teacher standing at a white board.

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