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Secondary School Counseling


Sonoma Country Day middle school students and their families call upon a team of teachers familiar with each child's strengths, as well as the Head of School and Director of Admission, to make appropriate suggestions for high school. SCDS graduating classes typically see students matriculate to almost fifteen different high schools, from local public and private to international boarding options. A variety of local, regional, and national high schools visit SCDS on a yearly basis in order to present information about their institutions to interested families. Students are encouraged to research and attend admission events at high schools that interest them. 

SCDS provides written letters of recommendation for students, and assists families in the application and district transfer processes. SCDS also offers a practice session of the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT) for seventh graders, and can help interpret results as well as advise families about preparation options. Conversations about high school placement typically begin in the spring of sixth or seventh grade, with a greater emphasis in the fall of eighth grade.
High Schools Boarding Schools
  • Analy High
  • The Athenian School
  • The Branson School
  • Cardinal Newman
  • El Molino High
  • Healdsburg High
  • Marin Academy
  • Marin School of the Arts
  • Montgomery High
  • Petaluma High
  • San Francisco University High
  • ArtQuest at Santa Rosa High
  • Sonoma Academy
  • St. Vincent de Paul
  • Technology High
  • Windsor High
  • Brentwood College School
  • Cate School
  • The Green School
  • Midland School
  • Millbrook School
  • Oregon Episcopal School
  • Phillips Academy Andover
  • Phillips Exeter Academy
  • St. Paul's School
  • San Domenico School
  • Santa Catalina
  • Stevenson School
  • The Webb Schools
Colleges and Universities
  • Amherst
  • American University, Paris
  • Bryn Mawr
  • Boston University
  • Brown
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • The Claremont Colleges
  • Cornell
  • Duke
  • Georgetown
  • Harvard
  • Mills
  • Northwestern
  • NYU
  • Pepperdine
  • Princeton
  • Rutgers
  • Santa Clara
  • Sarah Lawrence
  • Sonoma State
  • Stanford
  • University of British Columbia 
  • University of California (all campuses)
  • University of Chicago
  • University of Oregon
  • University of Portland 
  • USC
  • University of Washington
  • U.S. Air Force Academy
  • U.S. Naval Academy
  • Wesleyan
  • Whittier

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.