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Sacramento Country Day School

International Students


The diverse perspectives, cultures, and experiences of international students greatly enrich our learning community. By engaging with peers from around the world, Country Day School cultivates an inclusive atmosphere that prepares students to thrive in an interconnected and culturally dynamic world. International students bring a unique vibrancy to our campus, enhancing academic and personal growth opportunities for students and fostering global awareness for all members of our school.

International Student Application Process

  • Submit application form through CavNET

  • TOEFL or Duolingo English Test scores 
  • Upload recent standardized test scores
  • Request two teacher recommendations from CavNET checklist
  • Complete hand-written writing sample from prompts
  • Schedule student visit with the admission office.

Our most recent five years of international student graduates have gone to some of the most prestigious universities and colleges in the United States. Those institutions include: 

  • Amherst College
  • Boston University
  • CSU Sacramento
  • Loyola Mariemont 
  • McGill University (Montreal)
  • New York University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • UC Riverside
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara
  • University of Washington
  • Tufts University

"Sacramento Country Day is an independent school that helps to nourish a student’s interests and encourage a love of studying various subjects. Country Day’s international students are challenged on a daily basis to excel in areas of strength, gain confidence in unfamiliar skills, and be involved in an abundance of extracurricular activities including music, arts, sports and computer science classes. Preparation for elite university study, community leadership and lasting connections are just a few of the outcomes experienced by our graduates.” —Peter Xie, UC Educations

UCE Partnership

For students applying to Country Day who need an I-20 visa to study in the United States, we maintain an exclusive partnership with education consulting firm UC Educations (UCE). Founder Peter Xie, a China native, spent most of his childhood here in Sacramento. He and his team of agents work in both Shanghai and in Sacramento and have placed students at Country Day for more than two decades. UCE’s team expertly counsels prospective families through Country Day’s application process, providing translation services and facilitation of engagement with the admission office. 

Once an international student is admitted to Country Day, UCE partners with the school community to handle all non-academic aspects of the Country Day experience. UCE works to thoughtfully place students with safe, reliable, enriching and appropriately-matched host families, and our Sacramento agents provide ongoing support services to students throughout the school year. All UCE students enrolled at Country Day also receive the unparalleled support that our highly personal and flexible high school program provides to every student. 

If you are a student who lives abroad and are interested in taking on the challenge of a well-rounded, rigorous, college preparatory, U.S. high school experience, we warmly encourage you to apply!

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Peter Xie

Director, UC Educations

Grace Strumpfer

International Student Coordinator