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Signature Programs


Connecting to Our Past

Traditions at Graland

List of 12 items.

  • Becoming a Knight

    Knighting is a unique and celebrated tradition at Graland that goes back generations. The unit combines the study of medieval times with concepts of service, honor and character. 
  • Master Teacher Program

    With more than 60 (and counting!) Master Teachers, Graland honors any employee, faculty or staff, who has dedicated 20 or more years to the school.
  • The Buddy Program

    The Buddy Program dates back to the 1980s and is still an important part of life at Graland. Older and younger students pair up to build relationships and to share activities throughout the year such as Field Day. 
  • Leading the Kindergarten Rodeo

    Starting with a trip to the National Western Stock Show, Kindergarten kicks off its unit on cowhands and western life. In their first public speaking opportunity, kindergartners prepare and present an old west show for the entire school, ending with the famous Coyote Song.
  • Permanent Art Collection

    We celebrate student art by inducting up to 30 new pieces into the collection each year and displaying them across campus.
  • Halloween Parade

    Since 1937, Graland students have dressed in Halloween costumes and paraded around the school. Of course, the parent paparazzi is always out in force as well!
  • Finding the Great Pumpkin

    The beloved story of the Great Pumpkin is unique to Graland. After learning the tale and getting a magical orange dot on their earlobes, kindergartners go on a scavenger hunt for this magical creature. 
  • Graland Gallop

    The 5K Graland Gallop is a fall tradition in which Washington Park is over-run with runners - and walkers! This event focuses on community building and fun, and is hosted by the Graland Parent Association.
  • Carnival Fun

    The Graland Gallop kicks off the years, the Graland Carnival signals its end. Since the 1970s, students have enjoyed carnival games, booths, and pie-eating contests. There is also a bake sale and dunk tank. Who would you like to see make a splash?
  • Biography Expo

    Focusing on positive character traits, second graders thoroughly research and present the life of a famous person who has impacted our society. 
  • PreK Continuation

    The prekindergarten year ends with a ceremony celebrating student learning and their continuation to Kindergarten. Instead of walking across a stage, PreK students go down the slide to represent that they are ready for Kindergarten!
  • Culminating Activities

    The months leading up to graduation in June are full of fun and celebratory activities. These special events give students the chance to mark the end of their Graland years as they prepare to move on to secondary school.

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.