Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

FAQs

If you've got questions, we've got answers. 

 

Please be aware that Country Day’s campus is currently closed due to the COVID-19 global health crisis. FAQs related to school day operations may be temporarily different due to COVID-19 restrictions.

If you’ve got questions, we’ve got answers. 

 

Please be aware that Country Day’s campus is currently closed due to the COVID-19 global health crisis. FAQs related to school day operations may be temporarily different due to COVID-19 restrictions.

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Coronavirus-Related FAQs

What is the current status of Country Day’s response to the coronavirus?

To stay up to date on our plans for fall, please visit our Coronavirus webpage here.

How was Country Day’s remote learning structured in Spring 2020?

Students in every division beginning with Kindergarten were given a set time to meet with their class(es) via Zoom each day. For example, lower school students worked with home room teachers in the morning, and optionally with specialist educators in the afternoon. Middle and high school students were given a rotating schedule with core academic classes in the morning and flex time/electives in the afternoon. For these students, Wednesday’s were dedicated to independent work time. Pre-K students were given an individualized approach appropriate for their age.

My student wasn’t being offered adequate online learning while their current school was closed. I’m worried they will be behind when school starts again. How can Country Day help them?

We know that when school resumes there will be skills to reinforce, content to review, and a normal school life to reassemble. Country Day is well known for its “child-centered” approach, and we are ready to meet students where they are and help them to excel both personally and academically.

Is Country Day on track to open school for a full 2020-21 school year beginning September 1, 2020?

We are planning and budgeting for a regular school year beginning on September 1. We plan to deliver a full academic year in 2020-2021 and have prepared plans that would allow us to re-open in person, on-line, or in a hybrid model. We will assess the conditions in the fall and adapt as appropriate. Regardless of the conditions, we are confident that our teachers will continue to deliver the best education in the region. 

What resources is Country Day offering to families experiencing significant financial impacts related to COVID-19?

Country Day and its families have always supported one another in times of need. A spirit of generosity and a willingness to help have long been defining features of our community. As a result of the COVID-19 global health crisis, work in many sectors has slowed, and some Country Day families have experienced significant financial impacts. Some families have also expressed uncertainty about their ability to meet tuition obligations for the 2020-21 school year. We empathize with our families experiencing this difficulty, and we are ready to help. Learn more here.

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General FAQs

Where is your campus located?

Sacramento Country Day School’s 11.5 acre campus is located in the Sierra Oaks neighborhood of Sacramento. We’re east of downtown and central to the greater Sacramento area. Our physical address is 2636 Latham Drive, Sacramento, CA 95864.

Where do I park?

When visiting Country Day, please park in marked visitors’ spots. As a courtesy to our neighbors, please do not park in the neighborhood except for specified special events.

What is your dress code?

Our lower, middle and high schools maintain common-sense dress codes that ask students to be present in neat and clean clothing devoid of inappropriate words and images.

What are school day hours?

  • Pre-kindergarten meets 8:45 a.m. – 2:45 p.m., with an extended day program available by appointment 7-8 a.m. and after-school until 4:45 p.m.
  • Kindergarten meets 8:30 a.m. – 2:50 p.m., with an extended day program available 7-8 a.m. and after-school until 6 p.m.
  • 1st grade meets 8:20 a.m. – 2:50 p.m., with an extended day program available 7-8 a.m. and after-school until 6 p.m.
  • 2nd grade meets 8:20 a.m. – 3 p.m., with an extended day program available 7-8 a.m. and after-school until 6 p.m.
  • 3rd through 5th grades meet 8:20 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. with an extended day program available 7-8 a.m. and after-school until 6 p.m.
  • 6th through 8th grades meet 8:20 a.m. – 3:22 p.m. with an extended day program available 7-8 a.m. and after-school until 6 p.m.
  • 9th-12th grades meet 8:20 a.m. – 3:22 p.m. If students are enrolled in a zero period class, they begin at 7:30 a.m. Students may stay on campus until 6 p.m. 

What does a typical daily schedule look like? 

Below are sample schedules for each division of our school. Please keep in mind these might vary from year to year.

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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 the 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.

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Tuition and Affordability FAQs

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes. Sacramento Country Day awards approximately $2 million dollars in assistance each year.  Country Day is committed to helping families from socio-economically diverse backgrounds access a Country Day education. 

Families interested in determining eligibility for tuition assistance may do so by applying through a standard online application through SSS. When we make an initial, first time award to a family, we do so bearing in mind our ability to maintain that award throughout the remainder of that student’s tenure (should the family’s financial situation remain the same.) 

Each year that a family needs Tuition Assistance they are asked to reapply. The reapplication window opens in September and the deadline is usually in late January. Having families update us on their current financial situation each year allows us to adjust these awards to meet increased or decreased needs. Read more about our Tuition Assistance program here. 

Can I break up the cost of tuition into more than one payment?

Yes you can. We offer one, two, and ten payment plans for your convenience. Payments can also be made by credit card with a 2.85% convenience fee.

Sacramento Country Day uses School and Student Services (SSS), an online service of the National Association of Independent Schools, to process our tuition aid applications. Tuition aid awards are ultimately determined by the School’s Tuition Assistance Committee.

Is technology included in tuition?

Tuition covers the cost of personal technology devices for Grades 6-12. Students in 6th-8th grade are issued Chromebooks. Grades 9-12 use MacBook Air computers. Lower School students have access to iPads via mobile carts.

Are textbooks included in tuition?

There is no charge for textbooks from Pre-K – Grade 5. All students in Grades 6-12 purchase their own textbooks, a standard practice at independent schools.

Are there any other costs not covered in tuition?

Class trips for Grades 4-12 are an additional cost, as are our hot lunch program, extended care and/or after-school programs.

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After-School Enrichment FAQs

Is ASE Camp available in the morning?

Yes, ASE for students in Kindergarten through 8th grade is available when school is in session from 7-8 a.m. in the Lower School Spanish Room. Parents are required to escort their child to the ASE Camp location. As required by our childcare license, before-school care is available to Pre-Kindergarten students from 7:30-8 a.m. by arrangement. Arrangements should be made by contacting the Director of Pre-Kindergarten Mitzi Mapa Contes.

Are there discounts for siblings attending ASE Camp or ASE Classes?

No, there is no discount for siblings attending ASE Camp or ASE Classes.

If my child attends camp before their ASE Class, are parents charged an extra fee?

No, effective September 2015, students attending ASE Classes will no longer be charged for participating in Camp before their Class begins. The Camp fee is now included in the Class cost. Once a student’s class is over, there is a 10 minute grace period before Camp charges begin. 

Will my camper need to bring a snack to Camp each day?

Yes, all campers are encouraged to bring an afternoon snack.

What time does ASE Camp close?

Camp closes at 6 p.m. daily. (After 6 p.m., a late fee will be charged.) Habitual late pick up (5 times) will result in your child’s dismissal from the program. Due to licensing requirements, after-school care for students in pre-kindergarten concludes at 4:45 p.m.

How and why are the rules for pre-kindergarten students different?

As a condition of our child care license with the State of California, before- and after-school care for pre-K students is limited to certain times and subject to different rules. Please read the following guidelines carefully:

  • Before-school care is available for pre-kindergarten students from 7:30-8 a.m. by appointment. Appointments must be made directly with our Pre-Kindergarten Director Mitzi Mapa Contes.
  • After-school care is available from 2:45 p.m., when the regular school day ends, until 4:45 p.m. 
  • For the 2019-20 school year, the cost is $9.50 per hour (billed on the half-hour). Pre-kindergarten students staying after school must remain in the pre-kindergarten classroom.

  • Pre-kindergarten participation is limited to a total of 12 students; therefore we strongly recommend making arrangements as soon as possible.