What is an Independent School?
There are over 2,000 independent schools in the United States serving over 700,000 pre-k through high school age students. Sonoma Country Day School is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a board of trustees and funded by tuition and endowments. Independent schools like SCDS develop and implement their own missions, educational philosophies, and instructional styles. Free from the constraints of federal and state educational mandates, SCDS faculty create and deliver engaging and inspiring curricula in all subject areas designed to meet the needs and interests of their students. Independent school graduates are highly desirable applicants to a wide range of high schools, universities, and careers due to their advanced academic preparation, social and emotional intelligence, and their desire to participate in and contribute to caring communities.What are the advantages of Independent Schools?
Exceptional faculty, small class sizes, individual attention for every student, a strong sense of community, and extensive program selections complete with core academics, creative arts, and world languages are the hallmarks of an independent school. We believe that by educating the whole child we are preparing them for future educational endeavors, the workplace, and healthy, well-balanced lives and relationships.
According to the National Association of Independent Schools, our graduates:
- are more likely to successfully complete undergraduate and post-graduate work than their parochial and public school peers
- pursue a wide range of college majors and set ambitious professional goals
- express strong satisfaction with their career choices and confidence in opportunities for further training
- are highly skilled in the technology needed in the 21st century workplace
- pursue healthy, active adult lives
- highly value community service and civic participation
SCDS is fully accredited (since 1988) by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS
) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC
) and is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS
) and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education (CASE