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The Savannah Country Day School promises a transformative experience where students embrace a multitude of opportunities both in and out of the classroom. Our talented faculty combine the best in traditional and progressive education to help students reach their fullest potential while always treasuring each child's energy, enthusiasm, and creativity.

Learn more about why Niche.com ranked Savannah Country Day as the #1 Private School in Savannah. 

Academics

The Savannah Country Day School seeks to prepare students of academic and personal promise to meet with confidence, imagination, and integrity the challenges of college and of life. In partnership with supportive families, we strive to cultivate in each student the desire and the discipline to grow in wisdom, to lead lives of personal honor, to appreciate beauty, to pursue physical well-being, and to serve others with a generous, compassionate spirit.

Arts

At Savannah Country Day, the Fine Arts program exposes students to visual art, general music, choral music, jazz band, theater, drama, photography, orchestra, and technology-based visual arts. Our talented Fine Arts instructors work to develop the student’s ability to access, interpret, and evaluate imagery, movement, and sound; develop visual/spatial/hearing intelligence; and to build a life-long appreciation and understanding of the arts. 

Athletics

With over 50 teams in 15 sports, the athletic offerings for students at Country Day are endless. A supportive school community and decorated coaches help to provide an environment of excellence, both on and off the field.  

Global Online Academy

Global Online Academy (GOA) offers SCDS students the opportunity to learn alongside peers from around the world. GOA courses further enrich the Country Day experience by allowing students explore their passions with classes that are outside of the traditional course catalogue.

The Country Day Difference

Savannah Country Day combines the best in traditional and progressive education to help each student reach his or her fullest potential. We are proud to be a family school with strong connections to the community and each other. We welcome students with open arms and open minds, always treasuring the energy, enthusiasm and creativity of each child.

IMAGES Magazine

Browse the recent issue of IMAGES, the magazine for parents, alumni and friends of The Savannah Country Day School.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

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SCDS Celebrates Six National Merit Semifinalists

Country Day is thrilled to have six seniors selected as semifinalists in the annual National Merit Scholarship Competition. Congratulations to Aden Adjei, Ned Henneman, Avi Heyman, Sarah Jane Schultz, Eoin Wilson, and Fiona Wilson.  In addition, seniors Gracie Daters and Jordan Ruben were commended by the National Merit Scholarship program.

The six semi-finalists are among 16,000 semifinalists nationwide, which represents less than one percent of all U.S. high school seniors. The students have an opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered in the spring of 2023. Merit Scholar designees are selected on the basis of their skills, accomplishments, and potential for success in rigorous college studies.

Water Balloon Target Practice


How often does one have to dodge flying water balloons on campus? At least once a year in our Advanced Calculus-Based Physics class! Water balloon target practice has become one of the highlights of the year and a great way to emphasize studies on projectile motion. Students spend time analyzing factors and calculating the velocity needed to project a water balloon as far as possible. On the day of the experiment, student teams test their theories, applying what they learned into target practice!

WJCL Highlights Lower School's Betsy Sampey

Over the weekend, WJCL aired a segment highlighting 5th grade teacher Betsy Sampey. Click HERE to watch the short video segment. 

Video intro: Betsy Sampey may teach children how to read and write better, but it’s her methods and attitude that resonate with her students at Savannah Country Day School. “Trying to build that self-confidence and ownership of their own learning is almost just as important as what I am teaching," Sampey said. "And I always tell them it’s okay to get it wrong. A lot of times that’s how we learn is through our mistakes.” And when they make a mistake, she’s right there with a smile and a positive approach.

Mingledorff Hall Ribbon-Cutting

Despite light rain and lightning, guests gathered on Friday, August 26 to celebrate the official unveiling of Mingledorff Hall, the School's new Upper School building centered in the Quad. Following the remarks, Bud and Shirley Mingledorff, surrounded by family, cut the ribbon and guests were invited to tour the new state-of-the-art facility. The new building houses five math classrooms, five science labs, an energy learning lab, and a maker space. Other building features include an expansive library, conference rooms, common areas for students, Deans' offices, and a second-story outdoor gathering space. 

Freshman Weekend

An annual tradition for rising ninth graders, Freshman Weekend is an opportunity for students to enjoy outdoor activities while bonding as a class. Along with senior mentors and Upper School faculty, Hornets rafted down the Nantahala, created and raced DIY cardboard boats, and participated in various other team-building activities. By the time the weekend concluded, these students were more confident and ready to start the first week of school!

Upper School Convocation Ceremony

On Wednesday, August 17, the Upper School held its annual Convocation, a ceremony centered on reflection, contemplation, and commitment. The signing of the Honor Book strengthens our students' dedication to the standards of honesty and decency, and it signifies a pledge to both abide by our code of honor and to hold others to the same standard.

The tradition of signing the Honor Book dates back to Country Day's original founding, with some students adding their names amongst family members' names — as far as three generations back!

SCDS Multicultural Festival

Saturday’s Multicultural Festival was a great success! Families enjoyed cuisines from around the world, student presentations and activities that represent some of the many cultures of our students. Thank you to everyone who came out for this fantastic event!

Schmidt Speaker Mark Mathabane

As part of the annual Schmidt Lecture Series, we were pleased to welcome Mr. Mark Mathabane, author of the sensational autobiography Kaffir Boy. The story of his struggle to survive under the oppressive system of apartheid in South Africa — and subsequently escaping it — was eye-opening and inspiring to all who attended. Thank you to Mr. Mathabane for speaking to our students and our school community!

Student-Led Black History Month Presentation

Thank you to juniors Britney Brown, Phil-Isabelle Ajayi, and Maya King for creating and leading today's Black History Month presentation. As this year's Black History Month theme is "Black Health and Wellness," the student-led presentation highlighted the recent contributions of several Black American scientists and doctors, including Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett, Dr. Daniel Hale Williams, and Dr. Ben Carson. The presentation also included a video that showcased how Black History Month is celebrated around the world.

Fine Arts Students Earn 31 Scholastic Arts Awards

Congratulations to the following students honored with Scholastic Art Awards. Gold Key: Reagan Carlson, Reed Lotter, and Lauren Sparks; Silver Key: Harry DeWalt, Fina Dooley, Anna Mondy, Jack Owens Myers, John Neely, Jade Perrin, Lauren Sparks (2 awards), and Rachel Wollenburg. Honorable Mentions included Haley Avino, Fina Dooley, Haley Hiltzheimer, Julia McGoldrick (2 awards), John Neely (5 awards), Lauren Sparks (6 awards), Soren Watson, and Rachel Wollenburg (2 awards). 

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    We feel so fortunate to be a part of the SCDS family. The outstanding faculty and staff give us confidence that we are providing our son with an amazing educational experience!"

    Julie & Adam Cohen, current parents

    My career has turned out to be so fulfilling, and I look forward to each day! Moreover, my children are happy, safe, and well-rounded thanks to SCDS."
    Carrie Vetrovsky, SCDS Teacher & Parent

    We have been thrilled with how our daughter is thriving since transferring to SCDS for middle school. We are so appreciative of the faculty, staff and fellow parents who have eagerly guided us through this academic year. The school has exceeded our expectations."
    Amy and Chad Brock, current parents 

    In my business (as a NASA engineer), we have to launch a rocket within an extremely tight window that's just minutes long because small deviations at that early, fiery moment have an enormous impact on the ultimate destination of the spacecraft. I believe that my time at SCDS, though brief and more than twenty years ago, continues to have a similar impact on my life."

    Jeff Norris, SCDS class of 1994