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Charleston Day School

Charleston Day School

For New Scorpions

Welcome New Families

Welcome to the Charleston Day School community! We’re glad you’re a Scorpion. We’ve pulled together some information here to help you quickly get acquainted. If you have further questions, don’t hesitate to call us! Catherine Skeen: 843.266.9799 or email.

General Information

FAQ

Who will be teaching my child?

Check out our Features Page, to learn more about our Faculty and Staff. Contact individuals in the Directory.

What school supplies do we need?

Tuition includes all of the supplies your student will need, except for a backpack. Once students reach 4th grade, they have the privilege of using a locker, and many students enjoy bringing items to organize and decorate them.

What is the school dress code?

Lands’ End is Charleston Day School’s exclusive uniform provider. Our school’s code: 900108226. Logos are only necessary on polo shirts. It is not necessary to apply the logo to shorts or pants.

DAILY DRESS – NON PE DAYS

Tops:

  • Red, white or navy blue polo shirts (CDS logo required) options from Lands’ End:Short sleeve interlock Long sleeve interlock Short sleeve mesh Long sleeve mesh
  • Light blue or white oxford button-down collared shirts (CDS logo required)
  • Light blue or white pintuck shirts with collared shirts (CDS logo required)
  • Lands’ End school uniform unisex rapid dry active polo in red, white or navy blue (CDS logo required)
  • Approved CDS logoed sweatshirts and collars must be visible. No hoodies.

Bottoms:

  • Khaki pants or shorts with belts from Lands’ End or alternate vendor with similar style. No cargo style shorts/pants.
  • “Classic Navy Large Plaid” attire from Lands’ End:Jumper Skirts Skort
  • Navy, white, black or grey solid leggings or tights without lace may be worn under skorts, skirts or jumpers
  • Biker shorts are encouraged under jumpers and skirts
    *length of all jumpers, skirts and skorts should be no shorter than the end of the Fingertips

DAILY DRESS – PE DAYS

Tops:

  • Red, white or navy blue polo shirts (CDS logo required) options from Lands’ End:Short sleeve interlock Long sleeve interlock Short sleeve mesh Long sleeve mesh
  • Lands’ End school uniform unisex rapid dry active polo in red, white or navy blue (CDS logo required)

Bottoms:

*PE attire may only be worn on PE days

  • Navy blue athletic shorts or athletic pants from Lands’ End
  • Khaki pants or shorts with belts from Lands’ End or alternate vendor with similar style. Nocargo style shorts/pants.
  • Navy blue or khaki knit skorts from Lands’ End
  • Navy, white, black or grey solid leggings or tights without lace may be worn under skorts or shorts

SHOES

Athletic and outdoor shoes and dress sandals with back straps are allowed. Clogs and mules may be worn. For safety concerns, backless shoes will not be allowed on the playground or in the gym. Tennis shoes and socks must be worn on PE days. Bare feet will not be allowed at any time while students are on campus, including weekend activities. Students must be able to run safely. Flip-flops, Tevas, Birkenstock sandals, Chacos or Crocs are not allowed.

HATS

Hats are not allowed in the school buildings.

HAIR

Hair must be neat, clean and well-groomed.

OUTER WEAR/SWEATERS
Outer wear of choice may be worn to and from school but not inside during the school day.Once at school or during the school day, students may only wear CDS logoed outwear from Lands’ End (no hoods), Lands’ End approved sweaters, or approved CDS logoed outerwear from theParents’ Council pop-up shops. Please see the CDS Lands’ End website (CDS code: 900108226) for acceptable outerwear options.

How many uniforms should I buy?

Since students have PE three days a week, we recommend you start with more PE uniforms than daily uniforms.

In addition to purchasing Lands’ End uniforms, you may also purchase used uniform items in the CDS entrance. All Lands End pieces are not required, just suggestions. The necessary items are the PE uniform and daily dress options.

What does Red Team/Blue Team mean and when will I find out which team we are?

One of our favorite long-standing traditions is Red and Blue teams. Upon admittance, each student is assigned to either the Red or Blue Team. If another family member has attended CDS, they will be assigned to the same team. Throughout the year students compete to earn points for their team through games in PE, by earning the honor roll, participating in activities during assembly, etc. The competition culminates in Field Day in the spring, where the entire school competes in teams all day long to earn points for their team. Students become so loyal to their respective team that alumni, upon returning to campus, will often let out a cheer to their team. Go Red! Go Blue! Go Scorpions!

Does the school provide lunch?

Tuition includes healthy and age-appropriate snacks and lunch provided through the professional chefs from FLIK Dining Services. Students and teachers eat together at round tables, where everyone relishes the opportunity to enjoy each other in a less formal setting. Dining together is an extension of our curriculum, as teachers use this time to teach conversation skills and table manners. See the weekly menu and learn more about FLIK.

What if my child has food allergies or dietary concerns?

Our chefs have experience working with families with allergies and special dietary concerns. Please contact Chef Nick at nick.weimer@charlestonday.org to discuss your child’s diet.

Where should I park when I come to campus?

Limited parking is available for visitors in the Charleston Day parking lot. Some on-street parking is available nearby, and the parking garage at 93 Queen Street is just around the corner.

What sports are available to my child?

Athletics are a long-standing tradition at Charleston Day School. While competitive sports begin starting in third grade, Charleston Day runs an intramural basketball program for students in first and second grades, known as Little Scorps that is widely popular. Last year 196 of our 250 students played basketball! Learn more about our athletic offerings.

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