Buckley Country Day School

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Buckley Country Day School
Seal of Buckley Country Day School
2 I.U. Willets Road
Roslyn, New York
Coordinates 40°46′5.3″N 73°40′40.8″W / 40.768139°N 73.678000°W / 40.768139; -73.678000Coordinates: 40°46′5.3″N 73°40′40.8″W / 40.768139°N 73.678000°W / 40.768139; -73.678000
Type Private Independent Co-Ed
Motto Knowledge & Friendship
Established 1923 (1923)
Founder B. Lord Buckley
Headmaster Jean-Marc Juhel, Ph. D.
Faculty approx. 40
Grades Toddler - 8th grade
Enrollment approx. 330
Campus Suburban, 25 acres (100,000 m2)
Color(s) Red and Blue          
Mascot Bulldog
Accreditation NYSAIS
Yearbook Scripta
Affiliation NAIS

Buckley Country Day School is an independent, coeducational day school providing elementary and middle education to 330 students in grades toddler through eight in Roslyn, New York. Buckley was founded in 1923 and opened the doors of its first building in Great Neck to a class of twenty-three children. It was begun as a day school but for a period accepted boarding students in the middle grades.

In 1955, as the school's enrollment continued to increase, Buckley moved to its current location in the Village of North Hills in Roslyn.[1] It is operated on a not-for-profit basis by an appointed twenty-two-member Board of Trustees. It is chartered by the Board of Regents of the University of the State of New York. The school is accredited by the New York State Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools.[2]

The campus[edit]

Buckley has a 25-acre (100,000 m2) campus, which includes a classroom building, library, three athletic fields, tennis courts, and a playground. The building houses all the classrooms, two science labs, two computer labs, an art studio, a woodshop, and three gymnasiums. The recently completed Hagedorn Library Learning Center[3] contains over 16,000 volumes and is used by students from as early as nursery school.

The campus includes four outdoor swimming pools, which are open only in the summer during Buckley Camp and end-of-the-year parties,[4] and a pond.

The campus was developed on land once part of a colonial farm owned by Isaac Underhill Willets.[citation needed]


Buckley maintains a number of traditions. Every 8th grader designs and carves a square foot wooden plaque; these are installed in the hallways of the school. These plaques contain the name and graduation year of the individual student; they date to 1927.[5] Both the 8th grade and 3rd grade produce annual plays. Each year the 1st graders perform The Nutcracker ballet. Since 1973, the school has held holds an annual fall fair in October.


Red-Blue Field Day is held annually in the spring. The school's two "red" and "blue" teams compete. This tradition started in 1938 and as of 2008 the Red team is leading 38 to 33.[6][7] Student records on field day are kept, the oldest being from 1981.[8]

Pop culture[edit]

Some scenes in School of Rock, such as those in the cafeteria and the teacher's lounge (Room One), were filmed at Buckley.[9]

Notable alumni[edit]

Notable faculty[edit]


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