Metairie Park Country Day School

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Metairie Park Country Day School
Address
300 Park Rd
Metairie, Louisiana, 70005
USA
Information
Type private, nondenominational, co-educational
Established 1929
Faculty 79; 43 with advanced degrees
Enrollment 700
Student to teacher ratio 8:1
Campus size 14 acres (5.7 ha)
Color(s) Red, Blue
Mascot Cajuns
Accreditation Independent Schools Association of the Southwest, National Association of Independent Schools
Information (504) 849-3101
Website

Metairie Park Country Day School is a private, nondenominational, co-educational college preparatory school preparatory day school in Metairie, Louisiana, with classes in grades Pre-Kindergarten-12. The 14-acre (57,000 m2) campus is located in the Old Metairie section of Metairie, Louisiana.

Campus[edit]

The campus covers 14 acres (57,000 m2) with 23 buildings (including one gym and 3 acres (12,000 m2) of athletic playing fields). The Physical plant value is $34,000,000. The campus is highly "wired," with Wi-Fi capability throughout the entire School. Lower School uses multiple technology types with Smart Boards in all classrooms. The Middle School uses iPad technology in the classes with e-versions of textbooks, and an HP tablet computer program is used in the Upper School.

Academics[edit]

Country Day offers comprehensive education for students in grades Pre-kindergarten through 12th grade, organized into Lower, Middle and Upper schools.

The school is a member of the Independent Schools Association of the Southwest and the National Association of Independent Schools.

Athletics[edit]

Despite maintaining a "no cut" policy, Country Day's athletic program has brought statewide acclaim. From 2001 to 2007 the School has either won the prestigious Southern Quality Ford Cup or was state runner-up. The Southern Quality Ford Cup is the Louisiana High School Athletic Association's (LHSAA) All Sports Award that recognizes the leading overall athletic program in each of the LHSAA's seven classes. The competition is based on a school's performance in the 23 sports governed by the LHSAA; Country Day currently contends in 17 those sports. Any team that finishes in one of the top four places in the state earns points towards the School's quest for the Cup. At the end of the academic year, the school that has accumulated the most points in its class is recognized with this prestigious award.

In the upper school, 70 to 80 percent of students participate in at least one sport, with 50 to 60 percent involved in two or more sports. Recent Country Day graduates participate in collegiate athletic programs at Dartmouth College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Southern Methodist University, Mississippi State University, University of California at Santa Barbara, Rhodes College, Louisiana State University, and Auburn University.

Country Day offers students the ability to participate in many sports, including baseball, football, volleyball, softball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, swimming, tennis, and track.

Tuition[edit]

The average cost of tuition for pre-kingergarden students per year is $11,950. For grades K through 5th, tuition is $14,560, $17,590 for grades 6th through 8th, and $18,095 for grades 9th through 12th.[citation needed]

School spirit[edit]

School Mascot: Cajuns

School Colors: Red and Royal Blue

School Song: Flags Fly for Country Day

Administration[edit]

Head of School: Carolyn Chandler
Head of Upper School: Howard Barton
Head of Middle School: Paul Frantz
Head of Lower School: Lilian Mullane

Notable alumni[edit]

  • Thomas B. Coleman, CEO of International Matex
  • Henry Furlow Owsley III '73, Investment Banker, CEO of Gordian Group, LLC and Managing Partner of Bacchus Capital Management
  • Leon Galatoire '73, owner of Galatoire's Restaurant
  • Walker Hines, Former Democrat/GOP State Representative, New Orleans
  • Nicholas Lemann '72, Dean and Henry R. Luce Professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City
  • Robert H. Miller '65, American Surgeon and Executive Director of the American Board of Otolaryngology
  • Joe Pasternack, Assistant Men's Basketball Coach of the Arizona Wildcats
  • Ashton Phelps, Jr., Publisher of The Times-Picayune
  • Arthur Quentin ("Quint") Davis, Jr., Producer of JazzFest
  • Matthew Randazzo V
  • Curtis Amann, Neurological Scientist
  • Thomas B. Lemann, Classical Scholar, Travel Memoirist and Pre-Eminent Attorney at Law

References[edit]

"MPCDS". Metairie Park Country Day school. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 

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