Whether you’re a parent searching for a pre-kindergarten for your budding artist or a middle school for your science lover, or you’re a current middle or high school student yourself searching for a school where you can be a leader and pursue what you love, whether that be arts, athletics or academics (or all three!), applying to Country Day is the first step in an exciting new journey. Thank you for embarking on it with us.
The priority deadline for admission is December 15. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis as space permits.
Here’s how to apply:
Step 1: Inquire
Completing an online inquiry form allows our office to get in touch with your family about admissions events, share information about the application process, answer your questions, and keep you up-to-date about what’s happening at Country Day. Let’s get the conversation started, complete our online inquiry form today.
Step 2: Apply online
Priority deadline for admission to all grade levels is December 15. Those who apply on or before December 15 will not be charged an application fee. Applications received after December 15 will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows and require a $125 application fee. Get started with the online application.
Once you complete our application form, you will have access to your “application checklist” which outlines the supporting materials required, dependent upon your child’s grade. (This includes items like grades/transcripts, standardized test scores, teacher recommendations, etc.)
Step 3: Attend an Admissions Event
Join us for one of our Preview Events, toddler story hour or even tag along for a campus-wide event or meet us out in the community! Check out our full list of Admissions Events and let us know we’ll see you by registering in advance.
Step 4: Schedule a visit to campus
Each family applying to Country Day is required to complete a tour and parent interview and every student is required to complete a student visit.
For applicants to Pre-k & K, we look forward to welcoming your son or daughter to a “playdate” on Jan 6 or 20, when our Lower School team will have an opportunity to get to know your child in a fun, group atmosphere. Pre-K and K families with applications completed by December 15 will be contacted about playdates.
For applicants to Grades 1 and 2, your child will be invited to spend half of a school day shadowing a current student in their current grade level. From 8:30 AM to 12:00 PM, visiting students learn, play and explore right alongside our current students. Grade 1 and 2 applicants will be introduced to our Head of Lower School or our Learning Specialist and may have a brief meeting with them or be observed while they play.
Applicants to Grades 3 through 5 are invited to spend a full day shadowing a current student in their current grade level. From 8:30 AM-3:00 PM, they will be included in all the day’s activities and projects.
Applicants to Grades 6 through 12 are also invited to spend a full day shadowing a current student in their prospective grade level. From 8:30 AM- 3:30 PM, middle and high school students will move throughout campus alongside their student ambassador. Grade 6 through 12 applicants will also complete a writing sample during their day visit and have an informal conversation with a member of the admissions team, which serves as their “student interview.”
It is our goal to provide your family with multiple opportunities to visit campus and witness our unparalleled program and community in action. Call or email admissions to set up a private tour of campus at your convenience to get started. Read through the final step of our How to Apply page (“Visit campus”) to read more about student visits as a part of the application process and other fun events when you might join us.
Spring Toddler Story Hour Series- Our fall series of Story Hours in September and October was well attended and fun, and we’re excited to do it again in the spring. Toddler Story Hour is an event designed for babies and toddlers up to age 4 and their parents/care-givers. Come enjoy listening to stories, singing songs, and learning with our Lower School librarian, Sue Ryan. The Admissions team is on hand to answer questions, and snacks and coffee are available for participants. Dates will be announced in the new year. Join us!
Sacramento Farm-to-Fork Festival! On September 23, we had a booth at this popular Farm-to-Fork event and welcomed questions from festival attendees. We gave away goodies, promoted our school’s organic garden and farm-to-fork curriculum, and meet event attendees, all while supporting a cause we love.
High School Preview- It was standing-room-only in the Matthews Library on the evening of October 11 for our annual High School Preview. Visiting students and their parents got a real feel for the Country Day experience as they moved through a ”mini-schedule” of High School classes. The evening ended with a speaking panel.
Pre-K to Grade 8 Preview- The Pre-K to Grade 8 Preview on December 2 was a morning of exploration and information for parents and students interested in learning more about the Lower and Middle School programs at Country Day. Visitors enjoyed activities, panel discussions, and tours, and got a sense of all that makes the Country Day Lower and Middle School wonderful.