Country Day’s pre-kindergarten through 12th grade model is unique to the Sacramento area and provides a positive sense of community on campus, as well as a continuity of curriculum and interconnected programs across 14 grade levels.
In the Lower School, our youngest students develop their powers of observation and their abilities to draw reasonable conclusions from data. They learn to speak and write clearly. They learn to think for themselves and work collaboratively with others.
In the Middle School, schoolwork becomes more complex, and so do our students. In the classroom, students move from learning facts to managing and analyzing them. They confront the fundamental questions of adolescence: Who am I? Where am I going? They have experiences that develop the confidence to lead, take calculated risks, and express themselves in front of their peers.
Armed with knowledge, self-reliance, and refined study skills, our Middle School students are ready to excel in our vigorous High School program. Here, students immerse themselves in a richly diverse and advanced curriculum, a vibrant campus culture, and broadening experiences in outdoor education, community outreach, and global exploration.
At all grade levels, our hands-on, project-based curriculum educates students in how to think critically, how to problem-solve, and how to work collaboratively with their peers, all skills that will serve them admirably in college and beyond.
At Country Day, individual students are recognized and every student has day-to-day engagements with their teachers. A hallmark of our school are the close mentoring relationships and strong rapport that develop between students and their teachers. With an average faculty-to-student ratio of one teacher for every nine students and small class sizes in every grade, a core part of our mission is to ensure that every student has a front-row seat.
We provide our students, from PK through 12th Grade, with a true liberal arts education that fosters a love of learning in all of our students. They develop the creativity, the knowledge, and the critical thinking skills to be successful in college and beyond. We attract and retain outstanding teachers who develop close mentoring relationships with their students, and we provide those students with full access to every program we offer.
We are proud that our graduating seniors are prepared for admission to, and success in, the best four-year colleges and universities, and they have far higher standardized test scores than students at all area schools. Our graduates perform in college as they do at Country Day, and they report that they are well prepared for post-secondary study.
Our alumni tell us that SCDS was a life-changing experience for them. The intellectual, ethical, and leadership qualities that we instill in our students, and our emphasis on global education, prepares them well for the 21st century world awaiting them upon graduation.