Frequently Asked Questions

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FAQs

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

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

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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. We do not require a uniform.

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 aims to enroll qualified students who can access curriculum and thrive in our educational environment. We’re looking for mission-appropriate families who join us in understanding that children are best prepared to succeed educationally when parents and teachers work together in a cooperative partnership.

Throughout the application process we engage in interactive dialogue with parents about educational goals and values for prospective students. The process is designed to identify whether a candidate is prepared to access our dynamic, enriched and challenging curriculum, and we honor every child’s unique potential to contribute to a diverse community of learners. Students who crave serious intellectual challenge in the classroom are well-served in our program, and we also understand the immense benefits of experiencing art, athletics and service to others. Our community includes students who receive extra support from our Learning Support team, and all of our students benefit from low student to teacher ratios and expert, engaged teachers who innovate instructional approaches to reach diverse learners.

We review each piece of a completed application thoughtfully and we work to piece together a holistic view of candidates’ abilities and whether our program, which has limitations like any school, is prepared to serve them in reaching their unique potential going forward. 

In what grades do you accept new students? Are there age requirements for my child to begin?

We accept new students to any grade level in which we have available space. Like many independent schools, our teachers are adept at integrating new students into their classroom communities in the fall or, where space exists, and candidates are qualified to join, mid-year.

Students best prepared to join us in Pre-Kindergarten typically turn four years old by September 1st of the year they would begin school. We accept applications from candidates who turn four years old during the month of September with the understanding that, if qualified, they will be among the youngest learners in their class. Students who turn four years old on October 1 or after are invited to apply for admission for the following school year.

The same logic applies to a Kindergarten entrance. Most students prepared to join us turn five years old by September 1 of the year they would begin, and we accept applications for candidates with birthdays during the month of September but not after.

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 (see top of page for Key Application Dates). Candidates who apply on or before the deadline will not be charged a $150 application fee. Applications received after the priority deadline will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows and must submit a $150 application fee. 

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Tuition and Affordability FAQs

Is tuition assistance available?

Yes. Sacramento Country Day awards more than $3 million dollars in assistance each year.  Country Day is committed to helping families from socio-economically diverse backgrounds access a Country Day education. 

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.

Does Country Day offer tuition payment plans?

Yes. 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.

Does Country Day offer scholarships?

Yes. Each year, Country Day awards two high school scholarships to new ninth grade students through our Country Day Scholars Program, designed to reach students from underserved communities. Scholars must demonstrate financial need and qualify for need-based assistance in accordance with the School’s guidelines as well as demonstrate exceptional promise in one or more of the following areas: academics, leadership, innovation, arts, and service.

Does your school offer a sibling discount?

Rather than offer an automatic discount for siblings, we encourage you to apply for tuition assistance so that your family’s circumstances can be considered.

How much Tuition Assistance is typically awarded? 

While every family’s situation is different, Country Day strives to be able to provide a wide range of help to as many eligible families as possible. The average tuition assistance award can be as high as $11,000 per student each year.

When does the Tuition Assistance application open?

The Tuition Assistance application window opens each year in September and the deadline for newly enrolling families is February 15, 2023.

Do returning families need to reapply for Tuition Assistance? 

Yes. Each year that a family is seeking Tuition Assistance they are asked to reapply. 

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.

Is Tuition Assistance available for mid-year applicants? 

Tuition Assistance applications may be completed for candidates joining us during the school year; however, tuition assistance funding for a particular school year is largely allocated during the previous winter and spring months and availability is significantly limited for mid-year applicants.

Is tuition prorated for mid-year applicants?

Yes. Tuition for qualified mid-year candidates is prorated for most entry months.

Do Tuition Assistance awards need to be paid back? 

No. Country Day’s Tuition Assistance awards are grants, not loans, and do not need to be repaid.