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As part of our commitment to academic excellence, professional integrity, and implementation of best educational and operational practices, Sonoma Country Day School is proud to be accredited by a number of nationally recognized agencies, including the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS), the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), and the Global Biorisk Advisory Council (GBAC).

Our accreditation status gives families confidence that as an institution, our school's operations are held to the highest ethical, fiscal, and professional standards and are evaluated by third parties on a regular basis.
The California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS)is a non-profit organization of more than 190 elementary, middle, and secondary schools in California. The Association serves and strengthens its schools by setting standards of academic quality and ethical conduct, by providing for the professional growth of faculty, administrators, and trustees, and by promoting ethnic and socio-economic diversity.

School accreditation is a peer-review process that fosters excellence in education and encourages school improvement through discovery, dialogue, compliance, and commitment. Accreditation enables a member school to develop clearly defined goals and objectives based on its mission and philosophy.

The CAIS accreditation process is designed to assist a school in engaging the energies of all community members in reviewing and clarifying the school's purpose and goals for students, and in developing plans to accomplish these goals. The school also develops measurements that show the degree to which its goals for students are achieved. Because each school community is unique, the accreditation process permits the school to use considerable flexibility in its approach to the self-study yet still be linked to sound components of a quality self-assessment.

Through the completion of the accreditation process the schools will have:
  • involved the school community in a collaborative way;
  • clarified the school's purpose and its goals for its students--and the programs, people, and facilities that support them;
  • assessed all aspects of the school's operations, the student program and its impact on student personal and academic growth with respect to the criteria and standards;
  • developed a Future Planning Document, as well as an accountability system for monitoring the plan's implementation.
GBAC STAR is the cleaning industry's only outbreak prevention, response, and recovery accreditation for facilities. GBAC STAR is the gold standard of prepared facilities. This accreditation means that a facility has:
  • Established and maintained a cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention program to minimize risks associated with infectious agents like the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2).
  • The proper cleaning protocols, disinfection techniques, and work practices in place to combat biohazards and infectious disease.
  • Highly informed cleaning professionals who are trained for outbreak and infectious disease preparation and response.

SCDS is accredited by:

    • California Association of Independent Schools

    • Global Biorisk Advisory Council

    • Western Association of Schools and Colleges

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Sonoma Country Day School

4400 Day School Place
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
phone: 707.284.3200
fax: 707.284.3254
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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.