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Application Process

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Experience Sonoma Country Day School
At Sonoma Country Day School we make a promise to our families that we will truly know their children and that they will receive individual attention, recognition, and support for their specific strengths and challenges. The admission office embodies this ideal through a personalized approach to your introduction to our community. 

There are many ways the Admission Office can help you get to know our programs and community in order to discover whether SCDS may be a good fit for your family in the future:
  • Take a tour of campus! 
  • Call or email us for specific examples of our distance learning or in-person learning program. 
  • Receive a link to our Assembly recording archive and watch our community in action in the incredible Jackson Theater!
  • Read all about SCDS in this online version of our annual publication The DayLight Magazine.
Please call or email the Admission Office anytime:
707.284.3268 / admission@scds.org

Application Process
The Admission Committee will review completed application files submitted by March 1, 2024 and make enrollment decisions to be communicated on March 15, 2024. After this time frame, we will continue to accept applications for grades where we still have space available or for grade level wait pools where classes are full. A completed admission file consists of the following:
  1. Submit applications for Admission and Tuition Assistance
  2. Submit a Teacher Recommendation
  3. Visit Day - applicants spend a day in their current grade at SCDS 
  4. Academic Assessment (concurrent with visit day)
Sonoma Country Day School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) 1988, 1994, 2000, 2006, 2012, 2018. Sonoma Country Day School admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. 

SCDS is a member of the Independent Schools of the San Francisco Bay Area (ISSFBA) and adheres to their Principals of Good Practice.
Our first round of admissions is now complete, but we are continuing to accept applications where we still have space available. Please inquire with the Admission Office to learn more: 707-284-3268 / admission@scds.org
What parents, alumni and staff say about SCDS:

"I never expected to see fifth-graders performing Hamlet!"

"I never expected my life would be significantly changed by enrolling my two boys in SCDS when we moved here. School is where children learn, not parents. Wrong!"

"The best thing about working for SCDS is that I get to be creative and think big. No one ever says 'We're just an elementary school, we shouldn't do that.'"

"My son always comes home from school excited about his day."

"I never thought I'd cry while listening to the eighth grade graduation speech of a child I didn't even know—especially when my child was in Kindergarten!"

"It makes me smile when I see an eighth grader walking hand-in-hand with a transitional kindergartener."

"I receive as much from SCDS as my child does."

"I was amazed that all children will get on stage in front of their peers and be supported."

"It makes me so proud that our Head of School knows and cares about each student."

"I'm surprised that I have been [employed] here for 14 years. I thought this was a one or two year stop on my way to something else. The people and school have grown to be a significant portion of my life. I'm always amazed at the level of creativity displayed by the staff, kids and parents. It seems to be a place where anything is possible."

Sonoma Country Day School

4400 Day School Place
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
phone: 707.284.3200
fax: 707.284.3254
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We are…

The premier, fully accredited, independent TK-8 college preparatory school in Sonoma County. Located in northern Santa Rosa and proud home of The Jackson Theater, SCDS offers a challenging academic program rich in fine and performing arts, music, world languages, and social and emotional learning. For more than thirty years SCDS has been the school that brings learning to life.