SSDS stands for safe, secure and disciplined schools.  The staff at Gilder is committed to creating a positive learning environment for all students by maintaining a safe, secure and disciplined place to learn and grow.

Gilder uses the Character Counts program which is a successful approach to character education.  Character Counts is a framework based on the Six Pillars of Character:  trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.