"We are best known for fostering of critical thinking."
Students enrolled 464
School leader Mr. Stephen Repsher
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2636 Latham Drive
Sacramento, CA 95864

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4 stars
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September 15, 2014
I feel compelled to comment on the amazing school my twins attend. Country Day is outstanding on so many levels. We did have them in public school for 2 years until class size went to 32, PE to 20 mins 2x wk., no music or art. Rich music program, French, Spanish, art, , loving, well educated teachers. This is what Country Day has been for us. PE everyday, small class-ratio 1-16/17 so far. The core curriculum is designed in units of study involving all areas. ie: music, art, language etc, so a child is immersed in that subject in all the different classes. One of my 4th graders is almost fluent in French! Reading the negative comments -one must realize not all kids do well in any one environment. I have only seen love and acceptance at this school. There is so much kindness both parents and children. I have never heard bad language or disrespect. We have been here for 4 years and hopefully through high school.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2013
The Graduates leave with the tools for critical think, writing skills for life and career and a love for learning.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2012
My children attended Country Day School from kindergarten through high-school graduation and went on to college in the UC system. They still talk about their hard-working years at SCDS and claim college was easier! They were certainly well-prepared for their university courses and had no trouble adjusting to big-college life, after spending their early education in a relatively small school. I would recommend this school to any parent looking for an academically challenging curriculum and dedicated teachers who know their subject and care about their students.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
SCDS continues to be the premier college prep school in Sacramento. 100 percent of its seniors are admitted to selective 4 year colleges, with a much higher percentage of the senior class being admitted to the most selective schools (Ivies, schools like Stanford, Williams, U of Chicago, NYU, etc.) than any other school in the region. SAT scores also far exceed those of any other high school in the region. The high school has quite a few international students from China and other East Asian countries, who choose to leave their home countries to study here for the excellent education, adding to the international flavor and educational diversity of the HS program. The excellent education I received here as a middle school and high school student helped me graduate with high honors from Harvard, and I have been thrilled with my sons' (8th and 6th grades, here since kindergarten) experience. The teachers are dedicated and talented, and many have advanced degrees. There is no educational program in the region that can compare at any level, and I can't wait for them to experience the high school for themselves.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2012
Country Day gave my two children an outstanding educational experience through middle school and graduation from high school. A majority of their teachers have advanced degrees, including a number of PhD's. They have developed a world-class curriculum, and they really know and care about their students with whom they have close, mentoring relationships. Graduates leave with all the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the most selective colleges and universities. My children have had smooth transitions to their respective colleges. In fact, many of their classmates ask them for help with writing assignments because they became such good writers at SCDS. Parents choose a school for their children based on different factors. Some want a large social setting, a spiritual component, or a championship sports program, but for those whose primary focus is academic excellence, no other school in Sacramento can touch Country Day.

- submitted by a parent
October 21, 2012
Not worth the money. There are other schools with great curricula for less money. "College prep" is a relative term, since their graduates are getting into the same schools as good public high school grads are attending (Sierra College, Chico State, etc., plus some higher tiered). Bullying has been an ongoing problem, including a lack of supervision on the playground. Some families are at the school because they want to be. Others because of limited options (religious schools, poor performing public schools or are unable to get into other private schools due to wait lists or not enough openings for siblings). As the previous poster noted - do your research before committing.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2012
Proceed with caution and fact check everything you are told during your tour. We have been at the school for many years and while the education is good it is not great. The middle school is particularity lacking in leadership.and the overall administration at the school leans heavily on the side of the teachers and not the parents. Luckily most of the teachers are good but when a substandard teacher is hired (or a current teacher fails to be effective) the administration does not take action. There is an overwhelming bias to support the teachers and not challenge the teachers to improve their classrooms. Everyone can improve, right? It is a very very expensive school that has been losing students at an alarming rate over the last few years. I think it is somewhat stable now. My advice is to check and recheck all the facts.

- submitted by a parent
August 29, 2011
The simple fact is that Country Day has the best college prep program in the Sacramento area. A beautiful tree-filled campus, classes limited in size, superb faculty that have a lifelong positive impact on students' self-concept, academic skills, creativity and personal values, full participation sports, superb college counselors with the best college placement record in the area,...these are a few of its many virtues. You have to see it to understand the difference. Make sure you visit the classrooms to see what full engagement in learning means. The focus is on mastery of concepts; the work load is reasonable for your average bright student. We sent all of our kids to Country Day and it was the most important decision we ever made for their education. They flourished at the university level due to excellent critical analysis skills and academic competence developed at Country Day through daily close interaction with bright dedicated faculty and motivated peers.

- submitted by a parent
July 19, 2011
I attended Sacramento parochial schools in the Arden-Arcade area growing up and was offput by the attitude at my alma mater toward my daughter; so I decided on Country Day. Best decision ever. The atmosphere is wonderful. The parents are warm and the teachers are proud to be teaching at this fine school--they are clearly paid well and values; and this reflects onto the jobs they do. Ms. Elena Bennet is a city-wide treasure, hands-down. I recommend the summer camps for parents who can't afford the pricey tuition--which we DO go back and forth about every year. But the parent/teacher conferences we attend solidify the decision for us to stay and sacrifice the home redo, the two-week island vacation, the expensive new cars every year. Every parent at this place is here because he/she wants the best for his/her child. The teachers know they are dealing with many parents who are making huge sacrifices to write out those tuition checks! and parents are treated accordingly.

- submitted by a parent
December 31, 2010
Our children have attended SCDS since their Kindergarten year and have thrived in numerous ways. They've become self-directed and self-motivated students managing and organizing their time efficiently. The curriculum at SCDS is well rounded where each and every day my children are exposed to all kinds of learning. Along with Mathematics, English, Reading and History they also can learn and express themselves through Art, Music and Foreign Languages. Also included in the everyday curriculum is Physical Education. Athletics, Performing Arts, Elective and AP courses round out an excellent and challenging program for both Middle and High school students. Small class sizes for every grade (Pre-K through 12th) are instrumental in giving each student an opportunity to express themselves in ways a student may not be able to in larger schools. Student : Teacher ratio is absolutely outstanding at SCDS. If it were not for a few parents wanting something different for their own children in 1964, Country Day would not be what it is today.

- submitted by a parent
December 03, 2010
Simply Wow! This is our first year here, in middle-school, and boy o boy what a difference. The teachers blow me away -- They have the kids drinking up the academics like it was coolaid. I asked my daughter why she liked school so much (not always been the case) and she said "the teachers make learning stuff fun." So far this year they've shot rockets into the air integrating science & math lessons, they've spent almost a week in Sequoia trekking about and learning the flora, fauna and wildlife identification. They're studying mezzo american history now and writing poetry and reading books that amaze me. I could go on and on. Oh yeah, they're wired-up doing much of this on the school-provided iPads too.

- submitted by a parent
November 13, 2010
We relo'd to the Sacramento area from an overseas International Bacchelor school. Our daughter was warmly welcomed into the classroom with teachers went out of their way to get to know her and monitor her integration. Given the outstanding experince at SCDS so far and the certainty of years of slashing of funding for CA public schools, we give SCDS an unqualified thumbs up as the highest value education in the area. We've researched all private schools in the area, and there are four categories -- religous, bookworm, whole person and earth child. SCDS is the only Ivy league prep whole person school here. It deeply challenges and grows a kid who's sharp, creative, humanistic. The school has seen it's enrollment hold strong during the recession, which says a lot. The only improvement I see is expanded langugage beyond french, spanish, latin, chinese.

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2010
As one of the new families to Sacramento Country Day School this year, we have found the students are not accepting of new students, especially new girl students. Bad language and behavior is tolerated by teachers and students. Along with the constant requests for additional cash donations (after $17,000 per year tuition), SCDS is more like public school with small class sizes. However, the curriculum is good

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
Excellent school with terrific teachers, small classes and a rigorous college prep program. My kids have been at Country Day since pre-K and are now in high school. What I am most impressed with is the level of engagement on the part of the teachers -- which translates to more committed and successful students.

- submitted by a parent
October 12, 2010
For those other review stating Country Day School is not a good college preparatory environment must have overlooked the fact that the school has the highest SAT scores in the whole area.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2010
My two children attended SCDS through lower, middle, and high school and loved it. The school lived up to its mission of excellence in every way. SCDS's curriculum is innovative, engaging, and appropriately rigorous, and comes alive through the school's extraordinary teachers who embody both mastery of and passion for what they teach.. The emphasis on reading, writing, oral presentation and critical thinking at all grade levels prepared my children exceptionally well to matriculate confidently at the highly selective colleges they chose. At SCDS, my children explored and developed talents and skills that at another school would have gone unnoticed or untapped. They found their personal voices and learned to use them kindly, respectfully, and wisely. They emerged true to themselves, with a love of learning that has enriched their lives immeasurably.The school promised an education for a lifetime and delivered. My children have thanked me many times. I thank SCDS.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2010
Can kids LOVE school? They do! My 2 boys, 4th and 6th graders, have been at Country Day since kindergarten. They look forward to school every day. SCDS has an exceptional curriculum (advanced but appropriate), and the teachers are well educated in proven teaching techniques. The teachers do not stand still; this school is about enhancing the learning experience and having teachers who know your individual child and work to bring out their best. Athletics, music, languages and arts are part of the daily curriculum; our boys are getting a full, rich education.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2010
My son absolutely loves the Kindergarten program here, and the after-school programs are fantastic, offering a healthy blend of learning and fun. The level of parent involvement and volunteerism at Country Day is exceptional. Although the school is a bit pricey, it is well worth the money spent.

- submitted by a parent
September 22, 2010
My Son has attended Country Day since 2nd Grade, and he has absolutely blossomed as a student and a young man (now at Country Day High). The academics are superlative and the faculty are very caring.

- submitted by a parent
September 15, 2010
Our daughter has been at Sacramento Country School for four years now and has just transitioned into the Middle School. The Lower School is excellent with suburb teachers and very low teacher/child ratios. The primary teachers are knowledgeable and engaging. The resource teachers are second to none and the music program, in particular, is outstanding. The entire Lower School staff knows every child by name and takes an active interest in the academic, social and emotional progress of every child. So far the Middle School seems great. There is no question that the Middle School teachers are exemplary. They engage the students, teach critical thinking skills, are as excited about learning as the students are and are experts in their subjects. We are thrilled with our experiences with the Middle School and our decision to send our daughter here.

- submitted by a parent
June 28, 2010
My daughter has been at SCDS since kindergarten and loves it, she is in high school now. Amazing teachers, staff and parental involvement. A+

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2010
Although our children only attended the middle school, we found that we were not getting our money's worth. The children are out of control, and the school does nothing about it because then they would lose their tutition. The 7th Grade went through 3 English teachers, because the students were so out of control. The academic program was nothing specia,, the administration was on a power trip. My child was totally left out, bullied by the other children, and the admistration did absolutely nothing! Taking them out of Sacramento Country Day was the best thing that we could have done for our children's personal development and academic success.

- submitted by a parent
January 14, 2010
Outstanding program, worth every penny. We've looked at many schools in the Sacramento area, and Country Day offers the most in-depth, well-rounded program. My child is consistently engaged and has developed a true love of learning. Outstanding teachers!

- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2009
We've been at this school for three years and love it. My kids are not being taught to memorize worksheets, but to think and analyze. Not only are my kids performing above grade-level by any measure, they love going to school. The community of parents is tight-knit and the variety of experiences for my kids is wonderful. If you want a school to foster a true love of learning, this is the place.

- submitted by a parent
February 23, 2009
As a parent of an 8th grader, I can tell you this school has been wonderful for the 4 years my child has attended. The staff is attentive, respectful, and responsive. The teachers are devoted and work together as a cohesive unit. I disagree with a previous writer... the Middle School is exactly what I had hoped for my child with challenging academics and personal accountability of small classes. A high achiever will succeed anywhere, but this school wants everyone to succeed and approaches teaching with the attititude, motivation and perseverance to acvhieve that goal. The only negative at this school is the price!

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2009
After two years of what we feel is unsatisfactory education, we are leaving. We have found the specialty teachers to be very caring, committed and interested in knowing each individual child. However, the academics are not up to par for a college prep school. Our child has not been academically challenged for an entire year, despite several meetings with staff. The curriculum doesn't seem to meet state standards. This is a great school for a perfectly average child but they have been unable to address the needs of our child.

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May 04, 2007
Sacramento Country Day School is a great independent college-preparatory school. The teaching prepares students to do well at the highest caliber colleges and universities nationally and internationally. Because the student-to-teacher ratio (7-to-1)is the lowest in town, the teachers and college counselors know their students better than at other schools in Sacramento. Thus classroom instruction is very personal and focused. Students spend more time talking directly to their teachers, and this leads to better acquisition of critical reasoning skills that are crucial in college and later life. Most students are very intelligent and kind. The atmosphere at Country Day is supportive and not overly competitive. If you understand that having the lowest student-to-teacher ratio results in the most powerful learning experience, you will find that the extraordinary value of this school is well worth the cost of tuition.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2006
Up through 5th grade, amazingly excellent. Fantastic teachers, every one. Then in 6th grade, the teachers are just mediocre, 7th grade teachers are just so-so. So, bottom line for me is that preK - 5th is outstanding.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2005
Excellent school; supportive teachers; small class size; college preparation both in the classes and by the college counselor superb; both student and parents are very satisifed with this school.

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November 19, 2004
Great school all around. it's very strong in college preparation and paying special attention in individual student development.

- submitted by a parent
November 10, 2004
This school is wonderful. When I drop my kids off in the morning I wish I could stay. The learning is made fun and the teachers my kids have ( Pre - K and 1st grade ) are truly amazing. I just can't say enough good things about this program.

- submitted by a parent
October 06, 2004
Our son has attended for 4 years, and we have nothing but praise for his educational experience. The teachers are motivated and approachable, the curriculum contemporary, and the opportunities to participate are excellent. Teachers and administration encourage every student to excel. As a result our son has participated in sports, music, other extracurricular activities and has done well in academics.

- submitted by a parent
April 24, 2004
The HS math department is academical challenged and the science department is also very week. The school is unable to maintain teachers with high standards. While a few students do end up in some of the most highly respected universities in the country the majority end up at very mediocre unversities. Very poor environment for values and especially learning. I'm actually amazed that they are able to maintain their accredidation.

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2003
This school is very wonderful and both my children love going here. They are both lifers and have great relationships with their teachers and their friends, and the people there are always kind and helpful.

- submitted by a community member
October 02, 2003
I have a daughter who attended Country Day K-12, graduated with honors, and is attending UCLA. I cannot say enough good about the quality of the teachers who instill a love for their subject- matter, self-discipline for study habits, leadership with integrity, and humanitarian values in each and every child. This school produces achievers and leaders for the future. I would recommend this school to any parent who has a child who is bright and wants to place him or her in a school that will continue to engender that innate interest in subject-matter. You will not be disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
September 09, 2003
This school is absolutely phenomenal! The parents are required to be involved in the students activities. I believe 100% of the graduating seniors attend college, and I know that the staff is great. I was a student teacher at this school and now I am a parent. I currently live in the Roseville area and am trying to figure out how I'm going to get my daughter down there. I highly recommend this school to anyone who wants their children to excel. I hope this helps.......Good Luck to everyone!

- submitted by a community member
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Sacramento Country Day School
2636 Latham Drive, Sacramento, CA  95864
(916) 481-8811
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Sacramento Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 43 reviews. Top