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Upper School

The Upper School at Savannah Country Day School endeavors to create an environment where each student can find an area to shine.  While all students will benefit from our rigorous college preparatory curriculum, we don’t limit our pursuit of excellence to the classroom.  

The cornerstone of our Upper School experience is balance, and we strongly encourage students to find interests beyond the classroom to augment their academic experience. The typical Country Day upper school student is not only engaged in the classroom, but is also eager to make an impact on the playing fields, on the stage, in the art studio, or in the larger community. While we are preparing students to be successful in college and in life, we are also preparing them to be the sorts of citizens who will carry our region and nation forward.  Country Day students will be the leaders of the next generation, and by encouraging critical thinking, creative problem solving, and independence of thought, the Upper School helps to form these leaders.

 

2023-24 Upper School Course Catalog

Because of our size, which is small by design, students have lots of opportunities to participate and engage in all different aspects of school life. The size also allows our students and teachers to form close relationships with each other, fostering a sense of trust and encouragement in the different things they try."jonathan day, head of upper school


A Day in the Life: Upper School

Upper School At a Glance

359 students in the Upper School

Average class size of 15, student/teacher ratio 8:1

Of the 45 Upper School faculty members, 33 hold advanced degrees. The average teaching experience is 16 years

80% of Upper School students participate in athletics

A robust curriculum including Honors, Advanced Placement, and Advanced classes

Over 70% of students taking AP tests achieve 3+ scores

Seniors participate in off-campus research or career education project during the month of May

Upper School News

Seniors' LAST Day!

Our seniors' last week of classes was packed with costumes, celebrations, and lasting memories as they enjoyed their final days on campus. The beloved tradition of biking to school on the last day was especially memorable as the seniors took a final lap at Saunders Stadium, surrounded by family, friends, and teachers.

Miniature Horse Stressbuster!

Who knew that one of the best ways to beat stress is by visiting with therapy miniature horses?! These gentle creatures brought joy to students, faculty, and staff last week as we are nearing the end of the school year.

Senior Pancake Breakfast

The annual Senior Pancake Breakfast is always a great event hosted by our Alumni Association! Thanks to our former Hornets for returning to campus to flip pancakes and serve breakfast for our soon-to-be alumni!

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!

Curriculum, Advanced Classes, and Electives

The Upper School offers its students a wide array of co-curricular activities.  Virtually every teacher sponsors some club, activity, or sport. 

College Counseling

Working with students for all four years of Upper School, our College Counseling Office helps find the best fit for every student. 

Advisory & Class Deans

All Upper School students have faculty advisors assigned in the ninth grade. The groups stay together for four years, which allows students and faculty to create the kinds of bonds that can only be forged over time. 

Leadership, Clubs & Organizations

Students are encouraged to explore their talents and interests beyond their classroom experiences. 

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.

Social & Emotional Wellness

The Upper School Counseling program is tailored to address the unique needs of the Upper School student as he or she develops independence, a stronger sense of self and identity, and personal values and goals in preparation for life both in Upper School and after graduation