High School

A Smart Choice

Traditionally, all of our High School’s graduates continue their educations at four-year colleges and universities across the nation. Academic excellence, therefore, is central to our mission. In a high school where the average class size is 12, and the student-to-teacher ratio is 9:1, the opportunity for students to thrive intellectually under the close guidance of skilled teachers is the norm.

In addition to a rigorous curriculum, our students’ preparation for college includes extracurricular activities that promote discipline, responsibility, and teamwork. The school-wide focus on ethics and values encourages our students to develop strong moral standards.

Academic challenge, extracurricular opportunity, and participation in a supportive community – these characterize the SCDS experience. We send forth into society independent, self-confident young adults who become leaders in their communities and beyond.

Graduation Requirements

English – Four Years
Mathematics – Three Years through Algebra II (Four Recommended)
Science – Three Years of Laboratory Science (Four Recommended)
History – Three Years (Four Recommended)
World Language – Three Consecutive Years of the Same Language (Four Recommended)
Visual & Performing Arts – Three Consecutive Trimesters of the Same Course
Computer Science – Starting in the 9th grade, students are issued laptop computers. Word processing, spreadsheets, and multimedia software presentations are embedded in academic and elective classes, and teachers use Google sites for class webpages.
Physical Education – Six Trimesters, Six Seasons of Interscholastic Sports, or Six Trimesters of Independent PE
Community Service – Fifty Hours
Senior Seminars – Seniors participate in life-skills seminars during the last two weeks of school.

Advanced Placement Classes

Advanced Placement classes are widely recognized for their rigor and for the opportunity to earn college credit or advanced standing at most colleges and universities. Advanced Placement classes are offered in English Language & Composition, English Literature & Composition, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Computer Science, U.S. History, European History, Art History, Microeconomics, Biology, Chemistry, Physics 1, Physics C (Mechanics and Electricity & Magnetism), French Language & Culture, Spanish Language & Culture, Latin, and Studio Art. Most Country Day students take several AP classes and exams, most leaving our High School with advanced college standing.

SAT Performance

SCDS juniors and seniors take the SAT each year.

SAT Averages for the Classes of 2010-14:
Critical Reading Average – 616
Math Average – 628
Writing Average – 629


Octagon (student newspaper), Medallion (student yearbook), Creative Writing, Community Service, Great Books, Nutrition, College Health & Nutrition, Mock Trial, Music, Drama, Art, Film as Literature, Biology of the B-Movie, Forensic Science, and Environmental Awareness, among others.

Community Service

50 hours required for all students. The student community focuses its philanthropic activity in four areas: Breakthrough Sacramento, Run to Feed the Hungry, the Dyer-Kelly K-5 School, and the Rulindo School in Rwanda.

Extracurricular Activities

The Outdoor Education program and an annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival provide exciting off-campus educational opportunities. A national Pacemaker winner and six-time nominee, the Octagon newspaper is published eight times a year in print and updated more often online. The high school-produced Medallion yearbook is distributed to all students. The school’s chapters of the International Thespian Society, National Art Honor Society, and Cum Laude Society recognize student achievements. Student government, dramatic productions, dances, a prize-winning literary magazine (The Glass Knife), the annual Chalk Mural, Mock Trial competition, and diverse instrumental groups round out the extracurricular program.

Additional Information

High School Schedule
High School ABCDEF Calendar Days
High School Curriculum Guide
High School Handbook & Agreement (Signatures required)
Laptop Use Form (Required for 9th grade and new 10th, 11th, or 12th grade)
eReader Use and Permission Form
Student Driver Agreement (Required for Student Drivers)
Community Service Log (Signatures required)
Ninth-grade Supply List
Athletic Clearance/Physician’s Certification and Cavalier Code (2 pages) (Required for Athletes)
PE Locker Contract & Clothing Requirements (Required for students in PE)
Independent PE Application & Forms

High School Trip Information
9th Grade Trip Information & Release Forms
10th Grade Trip Information & Release Forms
11th & 12th Grade Ashland Trip Packet (coming soon)
Independent PE Application & Forms

High School Textbooks
Summer Reading