Diversity and Inclusion

Overview

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Nestled in the picturesque Sierra Oaks neighborhood of California’s state capital, Sacramento, our spacious campus is an educational home to a diverse array of families – with more than 500 students hailing from more than 19 different communities in our region, as well as many cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds. 

Country Day has long been committed to supporting and advancing an equitable and diverse campus, with the goal of fostering an environment in which all members feel appreciated, respected, safe, and prepared to be successful within and beyond our community. Our school is dedicated to creating a campus that is reflective and inclusive of the broader Sacramento region, one of the nation’s most diverse communities.

At Country Day we celebrate difference — of race, culture, religion, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, points of view, among others — and we seek to provide a school environment that recognizes difference as our strength and of value to us all. Our guiding principle is that authentic learning thrives when we all discover, create, and collaborate within a diverse and supportive community.

 

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Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity Alliance (IDEA) Committee

Sacramento Country Day School’s IDEA Committee educates our community to foster an environment in which all members feel appreciated, respected, safe, and prepared to be successful in a diverse world.

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NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM)

Country Day’s commitment to an inclusive, diverse and equitable school community is reflected today in the school’s mission statement, in our core values, and in our everyday operations. Given the importance of Country Day’s long-standing and ongoing commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, it is essential that we evaluate on an ongoing basis where we are as a community in this area.

AIM Survey Information

Toward this end, beginning in November, we will be conducting the NAIS Assessment of Inclusivity and Multiculturalism (AIM), an instrument designed to assist in strategic planning initiatives to build and sustain inclusive school communities.

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Black History Month 2021

In honor of Black History Month, Country Day invited community members to record themselves reading a poem or short writing from their favorite Black author. Listen to their recordings.

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Families of Color, Sacramento
Parent Affinity Group

Country Day’s Families of Color, Sacramento (FOCS) Affinity Group offers its members the opportunity to build community, strengthen inclusive practices, and share resources and connect on topics important to the development and support of children of color.

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Black Student Union
High School Club

Country Day’s Black Student Union (BSU) is committed to building awareness, education, and a new level of consciousness about being an African American or Black student in today’s society. 

The club was founded by students in the Class of 2020, Naomi Turnbull and Jewel Turner. Director of Advancement Rachelle Doyle and Third Grade teacher LaTeeka Bradford are the club’s faculty advisors.

 

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Latinx Student Union
High School Club

Country Day’s Latinx Student Union (LSU) club offers students the opportunity to discuss the topics of identity, culture, and how society views the Latinx community. Students are able to discuss these topics while often including fun cultural games to relax and step down from all of the societal issues the Latinx community faces.

Dra. Patricia Portillo is the faculty advisor for this club.

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Gay Straight Alliance
High School Club

Country Day’s Gay Straight Alliance works to support LGBTQA+ students and create a safe and welcoming environment for the community at Country Day. All high school students, parents, faculty, and staff are welcome to join the alliance.

 Jason Hinojosa and Denise Santos are the faculty advisors for this club.

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2020 AP CSA Female Diversity Award

Sacramento Country Day School (Country Day) has earned the 2020 College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science A. The award recognizes schools that are closing the gender gap and engaging more female students in computer science coursework. Out of the 20,000 institutions worldwide that offer AP Computer science courses, Country Day was one of 232 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science A for 2020.

Read our January 26, 2021 news release for more.