The mission of Sacramento Country Day School is to provide a rigorous college-preparatory education to students while fostering in them essential life skills: self confidence, creativity, integrity, and responsibility.
The objective of the Middle School, specifically, is to deliver this mission in the manner most developmentally appropriate for early adolescents. We nurture and celebrate the child in our students while recognizing and appreciating the young “adult” in them as well.
We strive to prepare our students for the rigors of high school and college, introducing them to a rich and deep intellectual study of English, history, math, science, foreign language, physical fitness, art, drama, music, computer science, and human development. Over the course of three years in Middle School, we grant students – and we expect of them – the increasing responsibility and independence vital to their future academic and personal success.
Sixth graders are divided into three sections for English, history, science and math. The reading curriculum emphasizes multi-dimensional, in-depth reading of outstanding novels. Additionally, students write prolifically and with much variety as young authors explore changes in voice, purpose, audience, and form. Math carries students through the variety of topics necessary to prepare them for more specific courses in algebra and geometry; likewise, the science program builds on the Lower School foundation and provides excellent preparation for rigorous coursework to follow.
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
The Middle School Student Council consists of the students in Grades 6-8. The Council plays a very important role in the life of SCDS students by sharing students’ ideas, interests, and concerns with the faculty and administration. The Student Council offers students leadership opportunities and provides a forum for identifying, discussing, and solving Middle School issues.
Typically, a majority of Middle School students choose to matriculate into Sacramento Country Day’s High School program, where they will receive the finest college preparatory classes, personal one-on-one college counseling, and thoughtful and in-depth letters of recommendations for college.