High School


High School

The Country Day High School experience encompasses a thoughtfully designed program to prepare students for success in college, career and life. We embrace a philosophy of teaching and learning that includes far more than simple content knowledge.  Our graduates leave with a foundational education that embraces 21st century skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, communication, and creativity.

What begins with an intentional “on-ramp” course to equip students with the intellectual tools and habits of mind for success, culminates in the Beyond the Classroom program which embraces civic engagement, providing juniors and seniors access to internship in the fields of academic research, international medical work, and start-up business.  

We launch our graduates into the world as young adults poised to be leaders in the community and citizens of a global world.

In addition to a rigorous curriculum, our students’ preparation for college includes extracurricular activities that promote discipline, responsibility, and teamwork. The school-wide focus on ethics and values encourages our students to develop strong moral standards.

Academic challenge, extracurricular opportunity, and participation in a supportive community – these characterize the SCDS experience. We send forth into society independent, self-confident young adults who become leaders in their communities and beyond.

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Extracurricular Activities

The Outdoor Education program and an annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival provide exciting off-campus educational opportunities. A national Pacemaker winner and six-time nominee, the Octagon newspaper is published eight times a year in print and updated more often online. The high school-produced Medallion yearbook is distributed to all students.

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Community Service

The student community focuses its philanthropic activity in three areas: The Sacramento Food Bank’s Turkey Drive and the Run to Feed the Hungry, the Dyer-Kelly K-5 School, and the Rulindo Schools in Rwanda. Fifty hours of community service are required for all students.