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 8:1, 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.
Sacramento Country Day School provides a challenging, comprehensive college-preparatory experience to students, from a variety of backgrounds, who demonstrate strong academic potential and good character. Within a community that affirms positive human relationships and sincere respect for others, SCDS nurtures in students the qualities of self-confidence, creativity, integrity, and responsibility.
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 student community focuses its philanthropic activity in three areas: The Sacramento Food Bank’s Turkey Drive and the Run to Feed the Hungry, the Dyer-Kelly K-5 School, and the Rulindo Schools in Rwanda. Fifty hours of community service are required for all students.
Our award-winning and nationally recognized student newspaper is published monthly by the high-school journalism staff. The online edition, updated daily during the school year, can be found by clicking below.
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.