Upper School

The Upper School at Savannah Country Day school endeavors to create an environment in which 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.

Click HERE to review the 2022-23 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

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

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

2022 National Honor Society Inductees

Country Day is proud to have inducted 54 students into the National Honor Society on Wednesday, November 9. 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. Congratulations to these students:

Class of 2023: Amanda Kronowitz, Jade Perrin, Owen Rogers, and Lawler White

Class of 2024: Brayden Allen, Hayden Anderson, Ella Barrow, Emiline Baxter, Mary Anne Bennett, Henry Berg, Mikhail Bhuiyan, Madeline Brainard, Lilla Brennan, Carson Cook, Blake Culbreth, Nicolas Dascombe, Anna Claire Davis, Anna Dekle, Jessica Elkin, Mark Glidewell, Tinsley Godfrey-Cargile, Catherine Hargrove, Ava Grace Harris, Sara Hiltzheimer, Diem-Linh Hoang, Greer Hollis, Sydney Hoye, Grant Hunter, Dallas Hunter, Sophie Jaakkola, Silas Johnson, Harper Judelson, Gabriel Kaminsky, Helen Kenney, Anastasia Lelos, Rachel May, Ericka McKeever, Timo Moeller, Emily Most, Jackson Myers, Estella Oelschig, Sofia Pablo, Anna Claire Pankey, Paawan Patel, Mary Sheehan, Anna Shelton, Bryn Sorge, Ella Stone, Benjamin Templeton, Adler Walmsley, William Whitfield, Rachab Wilson, Selene Zhao, and Lawson Zhou

Celebrating Veterans Day 2022

On Veterans Day, our students reflected upon and honored the hardworking men and women who have served our country. Upper and Middle School students attended a Veterans Day assembly with special speaker Dr. Kevin Gavin, who served in the US Army from 1984-1986, completing his service in Bamberg, Germany. Lower School students learned about the branches of the military and wrote thank you notes to friends and family who are veterans. Eighth grade history students recreated a World War I breakout room for when the US entered WWI. It was a day of reflection and gratitude. Thank you, veterans, for your service and bravery!

Art and Design Field Trip

Upper School's Art and Design class took a field trip to Benedetto Guitars on Friday. The shop's customer relations manager, Jackson Evans, discussed the history and physics of a jazz guitar, and the students went to the shop to see where/how they are made. 

Students Practice Civic Engagement on Election Day

We are SO PROUD of the 21 Upper School students who served as official poll workers on Election Day. The students helped ensure the orderly operations of the election process while learning the importance of civic engagement. Way to go, Hornets!!

Cultural Diversity Week at TLS

As part of Cultural Diversity Week at The Little School, members of the Upper School’s Students Celebrating Diversity Club stopped by to read stories to our youngest Hornets. The students had GREAT questions and enjoyed the fun cross-divisional learning opportunity!