Outside the Classroom

General information

A traditional feature of the Country Day program is the overnight trips taken by students and faculty as extensions of academic studies. Eighth grade students tour Washington, D.C. and the surrounding area for a week steeped in history, and seventh graders are introduced to one of America’s greatest treasures – Yosemite National Park – in a program led by NatureBridge. Sixth-grade students spend five days in the curriculum-based education program at Redwood Glen in Santa Cruz led by Naturalists-at-Large

Field trips include the Asian Art Museum and Botanical Gardens in San Francisco, a variety of restaurants related to world languages, and local community performances. Assemblies are held throughout the year with guest speakers, history reenactments, and/or the arts.

Students take physical education every day, and they choose from 13 athletic teams, including soccer, volleyball, basketball, tennis, and track. The active Student Council undertakes community service projects, which benefit people and groups outside the SCDS community, as well as Country Day students and faculty. The Council also organizes frequent social activities, including four dances per year.

Finally, there is within the whole school a commitment to challenging students to think about ethical and moral choices they will make in life. We believe strongly that students who master the knowledge we have to offer without developing the ethical and moral values critical to responsible citizenship are not served well by their schooling.