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Mission, Principles & Values

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.

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Guiding Principles

Click on one of our Guiding Principles below to learn more.

List of 12 items.

  • Pursue Excellence

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

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

At the Heart of Graland

A great school never sits still. Here at Graland, achievement is not just about being number one. It’s about doing your personal best.

We make it a point to acknowledge effort as well as success and reinforce the concept that it’s okay to try, and okay to fail. The important takeaway is the lesson learned through the effort (which often leads to future success). We believe skills like perseverance are highly valued in the 21st century.

Graland’s commitment to sustainability is obvious in our classroom curricula and in our habits as a community. Each month, we encourage alternative transportation (“Go Green with Graland: Use your feet or share a seat”). Our newest building on campus is LEED certified with a gold rating and our dining hall composts 17,000 tons of waste each year.

Graland Country Day School

55 CLERMONT STREET    DENVER, CO 80220    303.399.0390   
Graland Country Day School is a private school in Denver, Colorado, serving students in preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school. Founded in Denver in 1924, Graland incorporates a rich, experiential learning approach in a traditional classroom setting, emphasizing the development of globally and socially conscious leaders who excel academically.