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About Us

Mission and Guiding Principles

Mission Statement

At Graland Country Day School it is our mission to:

Achieve intellectual excellence, build strong character, enrich learning through the arts and athletics, and prepare our students to be engaged citizens and thoughtful leaders.

Ascende Omnem Montem
Climb Every Mountain

Diversity and Inclusivity Philosophy and Policy

Graland Country Day School is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusivity. A broadly diverse community fosters empathy, enriches teaching and learning, and promotes intellectual excellence and strong character. To read our diversity and inclusivity policy, click here.

Guiding Principles

Graland faculty and families work in partnership to prepare our students for the future by following these guiding principles.

Pursue Excellence

Excellence is the hallmark of a Graland education. Graland upholds high standards of performance in all its endeavors.

Inspire Leadership

Students develop confidence in their ability to speak, to write, to lead and to contribute to the world as they become stewards of their communities.

Honor Individuality

Graland values each student as a unique individual and considers every student’s strengths and needs. Graland students learn to value individual differences and divergent thinking. As they grow, they seek inclusiveness and justice in a multi-faceted and diverse world.

Celebrate Perseverance

Graland believes perseverance is the key to personal and academic success. Graland students learn through their own success, failure, and hard work. The school rewards dedication and recognizes the individual and collective pursuits of all the members of its community.

Guide Critical Thinking

Exceptional teachers implement a rigorous academic program that encourages critical thinking, creativity, problem-solving skills, achievement, and healthy competition. Graland students experience the joy that begins with curiosity and grows with the pursuit of their own interests and passions.

Promote Independence

Graland encourages its students to develop their own thoughts and questions and to take initiative for their learning. The school fosters cooperative work along with self-reliant performance. Graland believes that learning is optimized when students pursue it with enthusiasm and confidence.

Cultivate Compassion

Graland believes that learning is enhanced when those in its community care for each other. Empathy is the basis of understanding in an interdependent world, and with the guidance and support of the adult community, Graland students grow in insight and gain a global perspective and life-long commitment to service.

Value Tradition

Graland’s many traditions reinforce classroom learning, and these traditions connect today’s students with those who have preceded them.

Instill Integrity

Graland students accept responsibility for their work and their actions and learn to be sound and ethical decision-makers. Students esteem and demonstrate honesty, courage, self-respect, and respect for others.

Stimulate Innovation

Graland teaches its students that innovation can transform lives and challenges them to be creative problem-solvers. Graland students understand that, used responsibly, technology can enhance critical thinking and effective communication.

Embrace Experiences

Graland creates an educational journey that combines hands-on learning in an academic curriculum that integrates the arts and athletics. Students participate in activities designed to enliven and enrich their learning. Graland encourages its students to explore and appreciate the natural world.

Build Community

The spirit of community imbues a Graland education. In an inclusive culture of collaboration and camaraderie, Graland highly values learning through service to one’s family, school, and the larger community.

Graland Country Day School

Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1927, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.