Independent School Advantage


The Country Day Difference
Discover a Place Where All Students Love to Learn

Find out more about what makes Country Day such a unique and wonderful place to learn as the only PK-12 independent school in Sacramento and the surrounding area.

“Front-Row” Seats

At Country Day, individual students are recognized and every student has day-to-day engagements with their teachers. Hallmarks of our school are the close mentoring relationships and strong rapport that develop between students and their teachers. With an average faculty-to-student ratio of one teacher for every nine students and small class sizes in every grade, a core part of our mission is to ensure that every student has a front-row seat.

Choices, Choices, and More Choices

Students have full access to every program we offer.  As students experience drama, sports, our award-winning newspaper, Mock Trial, Student Council, or instrumental music, they discover unknown talents and interests and learn to try new things.  Students can be selective, make choices, or do it all at Sacramento Country Day.

Independent Thinking

We encourage children in the open pursuit of knowledge.  From literature-based writing and a focus on critical thinking and problem-solving in math in the Lower School to Advanced Placement and honors instruction in the High School, SCDS challenges its students to grow intellectually. Indeed, we pride ourselves on helping each child find his or her own “voice.”

Dedicated, Talented Faculty

Country Day attracts outstanding teachers who recognize the value of bright, enthusiastic students, small class sizes, the supportive community of colleagues and parents, and the unique opportunity to design a curriculum and create a classroom environment that inspires each student. Our faculty members are scholars as well as talented teachers, and they are given the autonomy to develop the best course of study and inquiry in the classes they teach at Country Day. 

Independent School Values

Our students love school and it shows in everything they do at Country Day. Integrity, respect for others, responsibility to the community, and fairness are core values embodied in every student. Through school year themes, the “Habit of Helping,” service learning education, respectful interpersonal relationships with peers and adults both on and off campus, we hold our students to high character, moral, and ethical standards.  

safety and responsibility

A low student-faculty ratio and constant attention to the school environment enables Country Day to maintain a campus where students are safe and supported.

Structure at Country Day means not only a daily schedule and clear expectations, but also a readiness to apply disciplinary action when necessary. Students need to feel safe, and they need to know limits, since testing boundaries is part of growing up.