Nestled in the picturesque Sierra Oaks neighborhood of California’s state capital, Sacramento, our spacious campus is an educational home to more than 470 students hailing from more than 15 different communities in our region, as well as many cultural, religious, and ethnic backgrounds.
From student government to theatrical productions, from musical groups to athletic teams, the opportunities to join, volunteer, participate, and play are plentiful. Throughout the grades, students choose from a variety of clubs and extra-curricular activities to explore and develop talents and interests outside the academic walls.
Distinctive to the PK-12th grade student body is the friendly and collegial interaction between different grades for social and, in some cases, academic reasons.
Lower School students visit Middle School classrooms to practice presentations, buddy systems between Lower School classes are in place for holiday celebrations, and High School students escort young students to the gym for sports rallies.
We believe in helping students find their unique voices. One way that we encourage them to speak and listen to others is through leadership opportunities.
While we do not have an elected student council in the Lower School, leadership opportunities abound. Starting in the primary grades students take turns as line leaders and door holders and serve in other jobs in the classroom. In first grade they take turns leading the morning meeting and in second grade one of the most prized jobs is to greet guests to the room and tell them about what is happening in the classroom. Third and fourth graders work on a number of cooperative learning projects where they practice taking leading and supporting roles. Students in the fifth grade help to lead in their classrooms and form a rotating leadership team to help present our Friday Morning Assembly.
From leading the flag salute and singing our National Anthem to sharing a thought of the day to inspire the rest of Lower School, our fifth grade leaders set an example of citizenship and character that is admired and emulated by the younger students.
Middle School Student Council members are elected in the fall of each year. They help with Back-to-School Night, Open House, and eighth grade promotion. In addition, the Council plans dances, raises funds for community service projects, plans hands-on community service, and learns leadership skills.
Council members are elected by the High School student body. Community service projects, school celebrations, and dance preparation occupy the group, as well as raising money through events, sales, car washes, and other traditional student fundraising activities. Funds are raised for student activities and for local and international charities.
Rulindo is a district in hilly northern Rwanda, 36 km from the capital city, Kigali. In 2006, Sacramento Country Day French teacher Gerlinde Klauser struck up a friendship with Fr. Bernardin Banituze, then head administrator of Rulindo parish and its schools. She started a pen pal program between her French classes and Rulindo students, and the relationship grew quickly.