High School


High School

Typically, all of our High School graduates continue their education at four-year colleges and universities across the nation. The active pursuit of knowledge is central to our mission. In a high school where the average class size is 10, 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.


Academic Preparation

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. 

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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.


Country Day — Top SAT Scores in Sacramento
"It's In the Numbers"

Class of 2016 SAT Averages
Critical Reading – 645
Math – 649
Writing – 665
TOTAL – 1959

SAT Averages for the Classes of 2011-15:

Critical Reading – 612
Math – 636
Writing – 631
TOTAL – 1896 

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Community Service

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.

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The Octagon

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. 

The Octagon Online