When The Pape School was founded in 1905, its founder Nina Anderson Pape had a goal of “educating the entire child, training the eye thru art, the ear thru music, the head thru sewing and manual work, the body thru physical exercise and grammar, the spirit thru service to others.” While many things have changed since Pape became Savannah Country Day School in 1955, the fundamental goal of preparing students for all aspects of life has not.

At Savannah Country Day, students don’t learn to merely regurgitate facts and memorize answers. They learn to think for themselves and solve real-world problems. Outside of the classroom, our students are leaders. From organizing food drives to benefit local organizations to playing jazz concerts at the Savannah Music Festival, Savannah Country Day students actively participate in their community and in their own education. Recently, our Lower School Eco-Team worked with the National Wildlife Federation (NFW) to establish new environmental initiatives for our school. In recognition of these efforts, the NWF awarded Country Day it's first national Green Flag Award. 

At the heart of school life at Savannah Country Day School is the mutual trust and respect of students and teachers as outlined in our Honor Code. Every member of the Upper School community takes an active role in upholding the Honor Code. Students are responsible for promoting a sense of honesty and integrity within their community by setting an example for others, by counseling others to fully support the Honor Code.

There is something for everyone at Savannah Country Day School. Our athletic department houses more than 50 teams of 12 sports. More than 180 students are involved in the strings program, 103 in jazz, and 139 in chorus. There are more than 30 different student-run community service organizations. If a student imagines an activity that we don’t offer, they have the power and opportunity to create an organization for students with similar interests. That’s how our Cooking Club was born.

Participation is why our students know each other well. Out students are involved in a wide variety of activities. Friendships built in play rehearsals or through service projects carry over into the classroom and across campus life. Participation is an amazing thing. It empowers young people. It instills confidence. It teaches responsibility. It builds friendships and creates community.

Parent Testimonial

"Before our children started Pre-K at Country Day, we could not have envisioned that the school would have such caring and compassionate administrators, faculty and coaches.  Nine years later we have come to realize that these traits are the backbone of this school and they are why our teachers do not just teach our children, they instill values and morals.  They simply care about our children's upbringing as much as we do and we are so grateful for it."

- Dennis & Leslie Keene