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.
When can my child begin at Country Day? In what grades do you accept new students? Are there age requirements?
We accept new students to any grade level in which we have available space. Like many independent schools, all of our teachers are adept at integrating new students into their class communities whether it be a midyear transfer or a fall start. The admission office will disclose to you upon receiving your inquiry whether or not the grade to which you are applying currently has open seats.
We find that students best prepared to join us in Pre-K typically turn four by the September of the year they begin school. We do not use a date-specific age cut-off but rather rely on our application process, which includes an admission playdate and one-to-one assessment to determine your child’s readiness to join us. That being said, it is unusual that children are ready for our five day per week, full-day Pre-K program before age four. There have been exceptions to this, however they are few and far between.
The same logic applies for Kinder entrance. Most students prepared to join us turn five by the fall of the year they would begin school and have been in a rich, engaging learning environment before joining us (which could be a home or school-based environment.)
Is tuition assistance routinely available?
We know that the potential of families and their children is not always proportionate to their financial profile. We strive to create meaningful socio-economic diversity in our community through our Tuition Assistance program. Each year we award close to 2 million dollars of tuition assistance to families across our Pre-K through Grade 12 program.
Families interested in determining eligibility for tuition assistance may do so by applying through a standard online application through SSS. When we make an initial, first time award to a family, we do so bearing in mind our ability to maintain that award throughout the remainder of that student’s tenure (should the family’s financial situation remain the same.)
Each year that a family needs Tuition Assistance they are asked to reapply. The reapplication window opens in September and the deadline is usually in late January. Having families update us on their current financial situation each year allows us to adjust these awards to meet increased or decreased needs. Read more about our Tuition Assistance program here.
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.