Admissions FAQs


What is Country Day looking for in an ideal candidate for enrollment?

Country Day is looking first and foremost for families, as much as we are for students. This is because we know that children are best prepared to succeed educationally when parents and teachers work together in a cooperative partnership.

Throughout a child’s application process, we will engage with parents about their values, goals and hopes for their children educationally. Together we’ll ascertain whether our school mission, resonates with the philosophy of your own household and share more with you about ways that Country Day seeks to partner with the parents of our students in support of their learning. 

Our process is also designed to help us identify whether or not the applicant will be prepared to access our dynamic, rich, rigorous curriculum. We believe that every child is unique and we are a diverse community of learners, thinkers, makers and doers. We value the contributions of those students who crave serious intellectual challenge in the classroom as well as those who push themselves in other areas, outside of the classroom, in their art, their sport or their service to others. Our community includes students who receive extra support from our Learning Specialist team. (This includes a wide range of students, some of whom need extra help academically, others who could use reinforcement of their social, executive functioning or advanced learning goals.) All of our students benefit from low student teacher ratios and exceptionally expert, engaged teachers who are well-prepared to innovate approaches to teaching that reach a diverse audience. 

We review each piece of the completed application thoughtfully and do not weigh any one requirement more than another. We work to piece together a holistic view of where your child is today and whether or not our program, which has limitations like any school, is prepared to serve them well in reaching their unique potential going forward. 

How do I know if Country Day is the school for my child and our family?

The best way to get to know us is to come and see us! Whether for an admission or community event, a Toddler Story Hour or a private tour of campus, there is no way to fully capture the magic of our school in words so we warmly encourage you to register for an admission event or schedule a tour and come experience the vibrancy and joy of Country Day up close. 

In what grades do you accept new students? Are there age requirements for my child to begin?

We accept new students to any grade level in which we have available space. Like many independent schools, our teachers are adept at integrating new students into their classroom communities in the fall or where space exists and candidates are qualified to join us mid-year.

Students best prepared to join us in Pre-Kindergarten typically turn four years old by September 1st of the year they would begin school. We accept applications from candidates who turn four years old during the month of September with the understanding that, if qualified, they will be among the youngest learners in their class. Students who turn four years old on October 1 or after are invited to apply for admission for the following school year.

The same logic applies to a Kindergarten entrance. Most students prepared to join us turn five years old by September 1 of the year they would begin, and we accept applications for candidates with birthdays during the month of September but not after.

Is Sacramento Country Day School formally affiliated with other Country Day schools across the nation?

Sacramento Country Day School is a private, non-profit, independent school. While we are not a part of a chain of schools, we are linked collegially with some by a uniformly rigorous accreditation and membership in highly regarded professional associations. Some discerning families ask about a school’s accreditation as it tends to define aspects of academic rigor and expectation. Members of the National Association of Independent Schools share general philosophies unique to independent schools and are distinguished by their high-level programs. Members of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and the California Association of Independent Schools undergo a rigorous school-wide self-study and site visitation, earning a maximum six-year accreditation. Sacramento Country Day School currently enjoys a six-year accreditation through CAIS and WASC.

What is the deadline to apply?

Each year, the Admission Office sets a priority admission deadline. Those who apply on or before the deadline will not be charged a $150 application fee. Applications received after this date will be considered on a rolling basis as space allows and must submit a $150 application fee. More information is available here.