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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 Our Recent Grads Say

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

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Country Day Welcomed Special Guest Speaker, Mrs. Vera Hoffman

As a culmination of their study on WWII—including a class-wide book club discussion on the novella "Address Unknown"—Mrs. Nikaj's eighth graders were honored to welcome Mrs. Vera Hoffman, the last living Holocaust survivor in Savannah, to campus on April 25. Mrs. Hoffman shared the harrowing story of her family’s survival during the Holocaust and graciously met with individual students after the assembly to answer questions. She shared the following words with our eighth-graders and encouraged them to take them to heart: "Living in the past is not healthy; remembering the past is essential." It was an assembly that stirred emotions and sparked contemplation, and we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Mrs. Hoffman for her invaluable time and profound impact.

Experiential Learning with Mini-Mester

Another successful Mini-mester is in the books! While some students had the opportunity to travel to places like Belize, Boston, and along the Silver Comet Trail (by bike!), other students immersed themselves in experiential learning in and around campus and Savannah! From sailing to fencing, culinary adventures, mahjong, bass fishing, and everything in between, Mini-mester is a unique opportunity for our Middle School students to explore something new and fun while interacting with students from other grade levels. Mini-mester encourages our students to be lifelong learners and believe that self-initiated learning can be powerfully persuasive and lasting.

Faculty In-Service Day

Faculty In-Service Day was a wonderful opportunity for our faculty and staff to come together and explore a variety of professional development topics. Participants engaged in interactive sessions, reflecting and connecting with colleagues from across all divisions. Session topics ranged from executive function and AI to service learning in the classroom and more. 

2024 Cum Laude Induction Ceremony

On April 10, Country Day inducted 16 students into the Cum Laude Society. Country Day's membership in the Cum Laude Society highlights the School's dedication to academic rigor and celebrates the scholarship and intellectual engagement of our student body. Modeled on the collegiate honor society of Phi Beta Kappa, the Cum Laude Society was founded in 1906 to recognize academic excellence in the country's most prestigious high schools. Country Day is honored to be one of the 11 chapters in the state of Georgia and the only chapter in Savannah. Congratulations to the following new inductees: Class of 2025: Ayo Ajayi, Jade Flood, Ella Haas, Ana Miller, Elizabeth Perry, Isabella Picone, Daisy Salyer, and Mary Mobley Varnedoe. Class of 2024:John Avino, Devin Beauchamp, Mary Anne Bennett, Henry Berg, Sam Bueno, Harris Glidewell, Ava Grace Harris, and Sawyer Tarr.

Governor's Honors Program

Congratulations to junior Andrew Semones on his selection as a finalist for this year's Governor's Honors Program. In this highly selective summer program, over 4,200 students were nominated to the state-level competition, and nearly 1,500 participated in this year’s state interview/audition process. The program is held mid-summer as a residential educational experience on a college or university campus. Students attend classes in the mornings and afternoons in specific areas of study, and they participate in a wide variety of social and instructional opportunities every evening. Congratulations, Andrew!

Great Competition Season for Mock Trial

Congratulations to the Mock Trial teams on a strong season. At the District competition, seniors Selene Zhao and Jessica Elkin both won an outstanding attorney award, junior Mollie Macfadyen won an outstanding witness award, sophomore Emily Moretz won two outstanding witness awards, and sophomore Marin Cox won an outstanding witness award. Well done, Hornets! 

Emiline Baxter '24 Named Chatham County STAR Student

Congratulations to Emiline Baxter '24, the 2024 Chatham County STAR Student! Emiline earned the highest score on the SAT in a single sitting among all high school seniors in greater Savannah. She selected Upper School math teacher AJ Goldman as her STAR Teacher. Sponsored locally by the Kiwanis Club, the Student Teacher Achievement Recognition (STAR) program honors Savannah's highest-achieving high school seniors and the teachers who have been most instrumental in their academic development. Emiline will now advance to the regional round in March. Congratulations to Emiline and Mr. Goldman!

One Act Play Wins State Championship

On November 18, the theatre department of Savannah Country Day School won the GHSA One-Act Play State Championship with their production of Peter and the Starcatcher. The 3A competition was held at Buford High School, with eight region champs competing for the state title. In addition to the championship win, individual awards included Best Actress Mollie Macfayden and All-Star cast Daniel Bosch and Ben Templeton.

 “The dedication, focus, and determination of the entire cast and crew made this possible,” commented James Venhaus, Upper School Theatre Arts Teacher and Director of Fine and Performing Arts. “You never know what the judges will do, so we kept our focus on serving the script and telling the audience a story that was entertaining and, at times, deeply moving. This is the first One Act-Play State Championship in school history, and  I couldn't be more proud of these students and of our school for supporting us every step of the way."

National Honor Society Inductees

On the morning of November 8, Country Day proudly inducted 56 students into the National Honor Society! Founded in 1921, the National Honor Society recognizes students who excel in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. To be eligible, students in grades 11 & 12 must demonstrate outstanding performance in the four selection criteria. Inductees include Class of 2024: Devin Beauchamp, Eva Beauchamp, Sam Bueno, Aidan Dunne, Caleb Pine , Liv Posey and Leiden van Abshoven. Class of 2025: Ayo Ajayi, Ramon Barboa, Turner Birthisel, Daniel Bosch, Dan Bradley, Agnes Brown, Chase Buerger, Hannah Burt, Mary Margaret Carroll, Miles Carson, Jack Day, Lanning Drey, Jackson Ezelle, Thomas Federowicz, Jade Flood, Ian Foose, Shane Ross Glisson, Ella Haas, Parker Hall, Will Harmon, Collin Harris, Gracie Henneman, Hyers Holland, Jack Lovell, Mollie MacFadyen, Anne Mandel, Nik Manocha, Feriby McCorkle, Lane Middleton, Ana Miller, Barton Mixon, McKade Neal, Elizabeth Perry, John Morgan Peters, Isabella Picone, James Rhodes, Ian Rogers, Daisy Salyer, Drew Salyer, Henley Schivera, Andrew Semones, Mary Elizabeth Semones, Philip Slatinsky, Raphael Stanga, Harris Stone, Eliza Strong, Peter Thompson, Mary Mobley Varnadoe, and Emerson Wright. Congratulations, Hornets!

Clay Target GIAA State Champions

In its 4th year, the SCDS Clay Target Team won the 2022-23 State Championship in the General Division composed of the largest schools in GIAA. With a combined score of 1384, they defeated SCPS (1378) and Back-to-Back Champions BC (1367). Great shooting by senior Owen Haas, who received the Individual High Overall State Championship after tying with 3 athletes and winning the shoot-off. Ericka Ann McKeever was 2nd in the HOA for females. Scoring for the Hornets were Haas 287, Chase Buerger 283, Miles Carson 279, Dan Bradley 268 and Andrew Nicholson 267. A great showing for many SCDS athletes in this meteoric growth of clay target shooting throughout the country and now a varsity sport at many colleges. Congratulations to the coaches and team!

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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