Application Process


Application Process

We are so pleased that you are thinking about applying to join our diverse community of learners. We welcome applications at any point during our yearly cycle, including applications for mid-year candidates. We’re excited to get to know your family!


Application Process

Step 1: Inquire

Completing an online inquiry form allows us to share information about admission events and answer your questions about the application process. 

Submit an inquiry to create your personal CavNET account and let’s get the conversation started!

Step 2: Apply online 

The 2022-23 priority admission deadline for all grade levels is February 15, 2022. Application fees are waived prior to this date. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a rolling basis and the standard $150 application fee will be applied. Complete your online application

Step 3: Upload Application Documents & Request Teacher Recommendations

Once you have completed our online application you’ll have access to your child’s application checklist through your CavNET account. The checklist outlines documents required for applications, are dependent on grade level, and include grade reports, standardized test scores and teacher recommendations. Please upload grade reports and standardized test scores directly to your child’s checklist. Teacher recommendations must be requested directly from the checklist.

Step 4: Complete a Student Visit Day

Candidates complete a student visit and assessment as part of the application process. This is an opportunity for us to get to know your child and for them to experience what makes Country Day special. Lower School candidates accomplish a playdate experience or classroom visit, while Middle and High School candidates attend a day of classes, meet current students and get acquainted with faculty. 

Step 5: Schedule a Parent Interview

We look forward to scheduling a parent interview, and this may be accomplished during an initial parent tour. Interviews typically take 30 minutes and can be completed either in-person or virtually.

Contact admissions directly to schedule your interview. 

Step 6: Candidate Decision

Completed applications will be reviewed by the admission committee. Once an admission decision is reached, you will be notified by our office.

Candidates completing applications by the February 15, 2022 priority application deadline will be notified by March 4, 2022.


Admissions FAQs

What is Country Day looking for in an ideal candidate for enrollment?

Country Day is looking first and foremost for families, as much as we are for students. This is because we know that children are best prepared to succeed educationally when parents and teachers work together in a cooperative partnership.

Throughout a child’s application process, we will engage with parents about their values, goals and hopes for their children educationally. Together we’ll ascertain whether our school mission, resonates with the philosophy of your own household and share more with you about ways that Country Day seeks to partner with the parents of our students in support of their learning. 

Our process is also designed to help us identify whether or not the applicant will be prepared to access our dynamic, rich, rigorous curriculum. We believe that every child is unique and we are a diverse community of learners, thinkers, makers and doers. We value the contributions of those students who crave serious intellectual challenge in the classroom as well as those who push themselves in other areas, outside of the classroom, in their art, their sport or their service to others. Our community includes students who receive extra support from our Learning Specialist team. (This includes a wide range of students, some of whom need extra help academically, others who could use reinforcement of their social, executive functioning or advanced learning goals.) All of our students benefit from low student teacher ratios and exceptionally expert, engaged teachers who are well-prepared to innovate approaches to teaching that reach a diverse audience. 

We review each piece of the completed application thoughtfully and do not weigh any one requirement more than another. We work to piece together a holistic view of where your child is today and whether or not our program, which has limitations like any school, is prepared to serve them well in reaching their unique potential going forward. 

How do I know if Country Day is the school for my child and our family?

The best way to get to know us is to come and see us! Whether for an admission or community event, a Toddler Story Hour or a private tour of campus, there is no way to fully capture the magic of our school in words so we warmly encourage you to register for an admission event or schedule a tour and come experience the vibrancy and joy of Country Day up close. 

When can my child begin at Country Day? In what grades do you accept new students? Are there age requirements? 

We accept new students to any grade level in which we have available space. Like many independent schools, all of our teachers are adept at integrating new students into their class communities whether it be a midyear transfer or a fall start. The admission office will disclose to you upon receiving your inquiry whether or not the grade to which you are applying currently has open seats.

We find that students best prepared to join us in Pre-K typically turn four by September of the year they begin school. We do not use a date-specific age cut-off but rather rely on our application process, which includes an admission playdate and one-to-one assessment to determine your child’s readiness to join us. That being said, it is unusual that children are ready for our five day per week, full-day Pre-K program before age four. There have been exceptions to this, however they are few and far between.

The same logic applies for Kinder entrance. Most students prepared to join us turn five by the fall of the year they would begin school and have been in a rich, engaging learning environment before joining us (which could be a home or school-based environment.) 

Is Sacramento Country Day School formally affiliated with other Country Day schools across the nation?

Sacramento Country Day School is a private, non-profit, independent school. While we are not a part of a chain of schools, we are linked collegially with some by a uniformly rigorous accreditation and membership in highly regarded professional associations. Some discerning families ask about a school’s accreditation as it tends to define aspects of academic rigor and expectation. Members of the National Association of Independent Schools share general philosophies unique to independent schools and are distinguished by their high-level programs. Members of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools undergo a rigorous school-wide self-study and site visitation, earning a maximum six-year accreditation. Sacramento Country Day School currently enjoys a six-year accreditation through CAIS and WASC.

What is the deadline to apply?

Each year, the Admission Office sets a priority admission deadline. Those who apply on or before the deadline will not be charged a $150 application fee. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows and must submit a $150 application fee. More information is available here.