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Sacramento Country Day School

Why Independent Schools?

Independent schools like Sacramento Country Day develop and implement their own missions, educational philosophies, and instructional styles. A private school can be governed by a for-profit, non-profit, or religious entity, while an independent school is run by a board of trustees that puts some distance between the governance of the school and the administration. 

Sacramento Country Day is fully accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS).

What are the advantages of Independent Schools?

  • Exceptional faculty

  • Small class sizes 

  • Individual attention for every student 

  • Strong sense of community

  • Extensive program selections complete with core academics, creative arts, and world languages

According to the National Association of Independent Schools, our graduates:

  • are more likely to successfully complete undergraduate and post-graduate work than their parochial and public school peers

  • pursue a wide range of college majors and set ambitious professional goals

  • express strong satisfaction with their career choices and confidence in opportunities for further training

  • are highly skilled in the technology needed in the 21st century workplace

  • pursue healthy, active adult lives

  • highly value community service and civic participation

What exactly is a Country Day School?

“Country Day” is not an accreditation, franchise or a brand name. The original Country Day School movement originated in the United States in the late 19th century to provide the same academically rigorous and character driven college preparatory education their boarding school peers offered, but students returned home every night. Due to the pollution and health hazards of industrial cities at the time, these new schools were built in the 'country.' 

Central also to the idea of a Country Day School was a robust after-school program, complete with athletics, music lessons, and monitored study time. The buildings and grounds were designed to be inspiring spaces that fostered learning and creativity. These characteristics carry on today at Sacramento Country Day School.