School History

School HistoryAylett Country Day School was founded in 1966 by a group of parents who wanted to provide a quality independent elementary school experience for local children.  The focus of the school is the same as it was when it was founded.  Aylett is dedicated to academic excellence and the development of a child’s full potential.

In September 1966, the doors opened in a converted hotel in the village of Walkerton.  Four years later, the present main building was constructed on donated land in Millers Tavern.  In 1976, the Owen Gwathmey Gymnasium was built. Since that time, a middle school building has been added, and most recently the main building was enlarged to accommodate administrative offices and Early Childhood classrooms.  The original school housed kindergarten through seventh grade.  Over the years, both eighth grade and Early Childhood programs have been added.  Today, the campus is filled with children from ages three to fourteen.

Today, Aylett Country Day School has 17 classrooms, a library, an art room, a science lab, and a gymnasium. With the expansion of our facility, Aylett Country Day School is now able to offer more comprehensive programs in physical education, art, music, foreign language, and science.  We continue to expand our library and computer access to support today’s programs and to support the need for knowledge in technology.

We at Aylett Country Day School believe that a good school is a partnership between the school, the child, and the family.  When the parents and the school share the same core values, the net result is solid character development for the child.  Parents demonstrate enthusiastic support through their involvement in a host of traditional school events such as the Urbanna Oyster Festival and Grandparents Day.

Our Mission Statement says…

“The mission of Aylett Country Day School is to develop children’s full potential in a creative, nurturing environment.  We are committed to academic excellence through an innovative, enriching curriculum.  As a school community, we are dedicated to building character and fostering traditional values including citizenship, honesty, and respect.”