Chatham Day School has seen a remarkable transformation in the twenty years since its founding and has undertaken three campaigns to facilitate this growth. The school opened with 44 students in a leased location in Madison and later occupied a leased location in Livingston. Today, we are a fully-accredited independent day school enrolling students from over 35 communities in preschool through grade eight on a beautiful 15-acre campus in Chatham. The heart of the school, in every location, has always been the mission – to celebrate and value each child by providing a diverse and nurturing environment that promotes intellectual achievement and emotional growth.
Today’s students benefit from the generosity of those CDS families who went before them, and current parents help to ensure the continued growth of our school. Chatham Day School is looking toward its future, a future that creates a lasting legacy that honors the history of the school and celebrates its traditions.
Opening New Doors Campaign
Chatham Day School spent its early years moving from location to location to accommodate its growing enrollment. With the Opening New Doors campaign, the school community came together to secure a home in Chatham. Conducted in 2004, the first campaign for Chatham Day School raised more than $4.2 millon dollars to purchase our 15-acre property and to renovate what is now known as the Stephen and Miray Tse Academic Building.
Upon arrival at our new home, the Board of Trustees devised a strategic plan of what was needed to complete the campus: a central gathering place for the entire community, a gymnasium, and enhanced program facilities. In 2006, we launched the Imagine campaign with an initial goal of $2 million to fulfill these plans and ultimately divided the vision into two phases. Phase I of the Imagine campaign raised $2.138 million in cash and pledges, enabling the school to construct our impressive new facility, which features the Dr. Robert R. and Sonja H. Rickert Field House, our Multipurpose Room, The Doucette Exhibit Hallway, and classroom space.
The Time Is Now
In the fall of 2015, we embarked on The Time Is Now Capital Campaign to build a new state of the art building that embodies our commitment to a new and emerging vision for learning in and out of the traditional classroom, now and in the future. Through the generosity of our donors, we raised $3.5 million. The new building includes Upper and Middle School Classrooms & Learning Commons, S.T.E.A.M Suite, Performing Arts Theater, and Dining Hall. These spaces allow us to deliver our mission-driven program and enhance each student’s overall learning experience here at CDS, from the core academics to performing and visual arts, to technology and to character education.