FAQs

When was Erie Day School established and how did it start?
Erie Day School opened its doors in 1929 to teach children with an experiential education. The Selden Building on the current campus, was designed and donated by Charles Strong on behalf of fifty students under the leadership of founding mothers Zella Selden and Gertrude Spencer.

What grades are offered at Erie Day School?
At present, Erie Day School educates students that are Toddlers (24-months) through Grade 8.

What does the Early Childhood Program consist of?
The Erie Day School Early Childhood Program caters to the whole child and is based on the school’s philosophy that every child naturally likes to learn. A child’s intellectual, emotional and physical growth is encouraged within our Early Childhood Program. Children in the Toddler, Preschool, PreK and Kindergarten are afforded with daily experiences in physical education, art, music and foreign languages as well.

Erie Day School is an independent school - what does that mean? What are the tangible benefits that an independent school offers students?
According to the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the characteristics that define an independent school include:

  • independent schools own their missions. Government does not prescribe or regulate the curriculum, instruction, assessment or decisions within an independent school setting;
  • independent schools are small learning communities where all children are known;
  • independent schools provide opportunities for all students to be involved in activities designed to educate the whole child. Students’ true nature is recognized in mind, body and spirit;
  • independent schools can influence and control student behavior which results in less disruption to the learning process; and
  • independent schools hire, develop and retain excellent teachers.

Does Erie Day School operate solely on revenue generated from tuition, or does EDS quality for state or other funding?
The budget of Erie Day School is defined by tuition, family and community support, and receives very little federal funding. Under Act 89, students are afforded a modest budget for specialized instruction in reading, math and speech, as well as textbook expenditures.  Erie Day School is also able to receive EITC and OSTC tax credit donations from qualifying businesses.

Geographically, where do Erie Day School students come from?
Depending on the school year, students have ranged in home locations from Meadville to North East, PA, however, the majority of Erie Day School students come from Erie and the immediate surrounding area.

Do students transfer to Erie Day School in Grades 4 and 5, or do most student start in PreSchool, PreK or Kindergarten?
Erie Day School receives transfer students from a variety of backgrounds and all grade levels.

What is the student/faculty ratio at Erie Day School and why is that so important?
The median student-teacher ratio at Erie Day School as defined by the NAIS is 9:1. EDS hosts an 8:1 ratio. With our student-centered approach to learning, we recognize the research that suggests small group instruction is as effective as 1:1 tutoring. Our students are supported with scaffolds of support in learning, collaborating in a small, experiential environment.

Where do Erie Day School students attend high school?
Our students are afforded a wide range of opportunities once they graduate from Erie Day School. From boarding schools to local public schools, our students hold 100% placement rates in their school of choice. Students attend schools such as: Cathedral Prep/Villa Maria Preparatory School; Fairview High School; McDowell High School; Madeira School, McLean, VA; Mercersburg Academy, Mercerburg, PA; Mercyhurst Preparatory School; Northwest Pennsylvania Collegiate Academy; Phillips Academy, Andover, MA; St. Andrews School, Middletown, DE; and Western Reserve Academy, Cleveland, OH.

Glimpse into the academic world at Erie Day School — what are some interesting things the students have done or have going on right now?
Depending on the day, week, month or season, students are active advocates for family and community involvement. Whether it's MakerSpace experiments, debates, Shakespeare performances, show choir concerts or Erie Day School Playhouse events, there are a number of interesting happenings occurring at our school monthly.

One of the goals of Erie Day School is to teach children how to become members of a community…what does that mean and what are some of the ways the faculty is teaching that? What are some specific examples of the ways the students get involved in community service?
The students of Erie Day School are stakeholders in this local and global community. There are many events scheduled at the school throughout the year to encourage community involvement. In addition, the children at the school participate in a number weekly activities to promote school-wide citizenship and relationships. Each class selects a local service learning project and provides ongoing support throughout the school year to promote the Erie community. In a previous year, the school-wide service supported the excavation of the Rose Theatre in London, England. It originated in 1587 and is home to original performances of Shakespeare.

How can people learn more about Erie Day School?
The best way to learn more about Erie Day School is to visit our campus and take a personalized tour. We host a range of special events every year, 'follow us' on Facebook, or continue to search www.eriedayschool.com for additional information.  We are also a call away at 814-452-4273.