School Overview

A Brief Overview

Gainesville Country Day School is an independent, coeducational, nonsectarian school providing a unique blend of educational programs for children of infants through fifth grade. The school operates on two campuses: the 24th avenue campus houses the elementary school, 4 and 5 year old preschool, and VPK; the Early Childhood Enrichment Center on Tower Road accommodates infants-4 year old children. If you would like more information, or to schedule a visit, please use our contact page. 

Mission Statement

We are committed to accepting children as they are, with their own backgrounds, experiences, interests, natures, and abilities. Our teachers are dedicated to helping children learn, grow, and find success in coming to school. 

School Philosophy

GCDS's curriculum emphasizes active rather than passive learning and activities are designed to encourage independence and creativity. Attention is given to utilizing basic skills and applying them in increasingly complex projects and activities. Our curriculum consists of integrated subject matter areas and flexible curricular experiences designed to meet the needs of children of different levels of ability and experience. Our low student-teacher ratio makes it possible to provide a varied and stimulating range of learning experiences for each child.

Our History

Gainesville Country Day School opened in 1951 and was originally known as Three Bears House, one of the oldest preschools in Gainesville. In 1981, the school was relocated to the Tower Road location and renamed Gainesville Country Day School. In 1984, the 24th Avenue land was acquired and the elementary school campus was created. GCDS has been a longstanding part of the Gainesville community providing over 35 years of continuous quality elementary education.

Director's Welcome

At GCDS, children are our sole focus. It is our daily goal to assure that each child develops a love for learning that they will carry with them for the rest of their lives. From mathematics to physical education, and everything in between, the staff at GCDS educates our students according to their needs. Call us today to set up a tour and give us the opportunity to teach your child to love to learn.

Kelly Childers, M.Ed.



Kelly P. Childers M.A., M.Ed.


Association of Independent
Schools of Florida
AISF Website


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools
Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Website


Commission on International and
Transregional Accreditation


Florida Gold Seal School


Florida Association of Academic
Non-Public Schools


National Council for
Private School Accreditation

Staff Qualifications

The faculty at both campuses are well qualified. Teachers have bachelors degrees, more than 3 years of teaching experiences, or special skills, knowledge, and/or expertise in the areas in which they teach. Additional instructors are used for specialties such as art, physical education, Spanish, music, technology, logic and poetry to supplement the curriculum.

Financial Aid

We accept the following scholarships through Step Up for Students/FLDOE:

Misconduct Procedures

The State of Florida requires that all faculty and staff report signs of abuse/neglect to the Department of Children and Families. Penalty of misconduct by faculty or staff is immediate dismissal.