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Welcome to Country Day

Sacramento Country Day is a very special place.

As a school we combine the qualities of community – knowing, loving, and appreciating each and every student for his or her unique gifts - while also providing the finest educational experience in the Sacramento region. 

Country Day students achieve the highest test scores, receive numerous awards, and 100% of our graduates matriculate to top colleges and universities across the state and nation. However, it is not just these accomplishments that define what it means to be a Country Day student; being a student at Country Day means being part of a diverse, inclusive and supportive community.

Whether in our Lower School, Middle School and High School, one of the hallmarks of the Country Day advantage is that our students know they can count on a community where all members feel appreciated, respected, and safe. And, because our students learn how to contribute meaningfully to the lives of others, the impacts of a Country Day education extend far beyond the school’s doors.

As a young man I was fascinated with Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of Italy. One quotation attributed to him reads, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

That’s what we do every day. Our spectacular faculty and staff nurture, believe in, and challenge your children to reach beyond what they know they can do to achieve what they don’t yet know they can do – “the impossible.”

And that is the essence of Sacramento Country Day. 

Kind regards,

Lee Thomsen
Head of School

 

Sacramento Country Day is a very special place.

As a school we combine the qualities of community – knowing, loving, and appreciating each and every student for his or her unique gifts - while also providing the finest educational experience in the Sacramento region. 

Country Day students achieve the highest test scores, receive numerous awards, and 100% of our graduates matriculate to top colleges and universities across the state and nation. However, it is not just these accomplishments that define what it means to be a Country Day student; being a student at Country Day means being part of a diverse, inclusive and supportive community.

Whether in our Lower School, Middle School and High School, one of the hallmarks of the Country Day advantage is that our students know they can count on a community where all members feel appreciated, respected, and safe. And, because our students learn how to contribute meaningfully to the lives of others, the impacts of a Country Day education extend far beyond the school’s doors.

As a young man I was fascinated with Saint Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of Italy. One quotation attributed to him reads, “Start by doing what’s necessary; then do what’s possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”

That’s what we do every day. Our spectacular faculty and staff nurture, believe in, and challenge your children to reach beyond what they know they can do to achieve what they don’t yet know they can do – “the impossible.”

And that is the essence of Sacramento Country Day. 

Kind regards,

Lee Thomsen
Head of School

 

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Friday Message from Lee – January 8, 2021

Head of School Lee Thomsen reflects on the shocking breach of the U.S. Capitol building and Country Day’s approach to preparing children to be future citizens of an increasingly complex world.

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Friday Message from Lee – October 23, 2020

Head of School Lee Thomsen shares a poem from Margaret Wheatley and discusses the school’s mission and values as they relate to talking about this year’s election with children. 

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Friday Message from Lee – October 16, 2020

Head of School Lee Thomsen highlights our senior English classes’ in-depth literary discussion on Toni Morrison’s Beloved with Dr. Tameka Cage Conley.

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Friday Message from Lee – October 9, 2020

Head of School Lee Thomsen highlights our upcoming Virtual Open House Events and how current and prospective parents can learn more about each division of our school.

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Friday Message from Lee – October 2, 2020

Head of School Lee Thomsen talks about students returning to campus and highlights the launch of the Country Day Fund “50 Days of Giving.”

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Friday Message from Lee – September 11, 2020

Head of School Lee Thomsen highlights our new 7th grade Social Justice elective and their project to create instagram content.