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The Responsive Classroom

Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching and discipline that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness. It ensures that students' needs for belonging, significance, and fun are met in each classroom and encourages positive engagement throughout the school day.

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Our Giving Garden

For many years, we have made regular donations to River City Food Bank. We are proud to bring beautiful, fresh, organic food to our neighbors in the Arden Arcade area. Some of our food is for cooking in the Middle School Farm to Fork elective.

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Ashlie Kirby and Orff Shulwerk

The Orff Schulwerk approach is a way of teaching music and dance to children in the way they learn best - play! Ashlie Kirby teaches Music and Movement in PK-3rd Grade and uses this process that is over 100 years old but remains fresh and is reimagined anew with every group of children because it honors the child as the artist.

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Mission In Action: Diversity

Each year, the Advanced Topics in English Literature classes, led by Jason Hinojosa in our High School, reads The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman. This play focuses on the aftermath of the 1998 murder of a gay man named Matthew Shepard. As a supplement to our studies, Country Day annually hosts a Queer Voices panel of people who identify as LGBTQ+ and who wish to share their personal perspectives with our community.

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National History Day

14 of our ninth graders (and one eighth grader) participated in the annual Sacramento County History Day competition. Sacramento County History Day is part of National History Day, which is an international research competition in which half a million students participate each year.

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Excellence in Journalism

The Octagon was given a Silver Crown Award by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association during a special presentation at Columbia University in New York City. This is an impressive feat, as CSPA’s Board of Judges selected only 225 finalists from over 800 entries submitted from across the country and around the world. 

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