APPLY to SCDS

Application Process

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. Please call or email the admission office to set up an admission experience designed to suit your needs and preferences: 707.284.3268 / admission@scds.org

Experience Sonoma Country Day School

The best way to get to know us is to come for a visit! Tour our incredible facilities, see our programs in action, and interact with students, teachers, administrators, and parents. Individual tours are offered year-round, and formal admission open houses are scheduled throughout the fall and winter. 

Join us in the Jackson Theater from 8:30-9:00am on Monday mornings for our weekly all-school Assembly. Co-hosted by Head of School Dr. Weaver and a different member of the eighth grade class, each assembly features student performances and presentations, as well as a variety of guest speakers (examples include SCDS alumni, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, the Sonoma County K-9 Sheriff's unit and 2014 Olympic Gold Medalist Ted Ligety). No formal RSVP is necessary, but if you call ahead, we'll be sure to greet you for coffee and snacks in the gallery before the show! 

Complete the Admission Application
Once you have visited our campus and become familiar with the SCDS programs and community, the next step is to submit the online admission application. The application fee is $150.

Need-based tuition assistance awards are made concurrently with admission decisions. To learn more about applying for tuition assistance, click here

Submit a Recommendation Form
We ask that your child's teacher submit a completed recommendation form directly to the Admission Office via mail, fax, or email. Recommendation forms can be downloaded or picked up in person during your visit to campus.

Submit Academic Report Cards and Test Results
Please submit report cards and testing resutls from the previous two years. 

Schedule a Visit Day (not applicable for kindergarten applicants) 
Students applying to grades 1-8 are given the opportunity to spend a full day at SCDS in the class they are applying to join. This gives applicants a chance to experience a taste of what SCDS has to offer, and helps students and families decide if SCDS is the right school for them. Once your admission application and recommendation form has been received, the Admission Office will contact you to schedule a Visit Day, typically between the months December and March.

Attend Assessment Day
All applicants are asked to attend Assessment Day, giving our faculty a chance to evaluate the academic, creative, and social skills of each child. Students applying to grades 1-8 will be grouped according to grade level and will spend the morning demonstrating their math, reading, and writing skills, as well as participating in small group activities and games. Kindergarten applicants will participate in a "mini-kindergarten" session, including circle and story time, art and recess as a whole group, as well as small group academic assessment.

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. Children entering transitional kindergarten through eighth grade are admitted – regardless of race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin – whose qualifications and character will be a contribution to SCDS and whose parents will participate in the life of the school. 
Please contact the admission office to schedule a private tour at a convenient day and time for your family. 
707.284.3268 / admission@scds.org


Admission Timeline for Fall 2017 Enrollment 
We are now in our second round of admission for the 2017-18 academic year and are accepting applications where spaces are still available. Please contact the Admission office for more information. 

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.