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 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.

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

338 students in the Upper School

Average class size of 15, student/teacher ratio 9:1

Of the 42 Upper School faculty members, 34 hold advanced degrees. The average teaching experience is 17 years

80% of Upper School students participate in a varsity sport

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

Over 80% 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

Congratulations, Class of 2021!

The Class of 2021 earned admission to 105 colleges in 27 states and they will attend a variety of schools, including MIT, Berklee School of Music, Unversity of Virginia, Emory, the Naval Academy, Georgia Tech and the University of Georgia.  

The impressive statistics regarding their matriculations are a testament to our students’ confidence and preparedness. Most importantly, these graduates have fully embraced their time at Country Day and are well-prepared for success in the next phase of their educational journeys.

Students Establish Black Art History Competition

In mid-April, Upper School students Leyla Patel ‘23 and Phil-Isabelle Ajayi ‘23 organized and curated a fantastic and educational Black Art History Competition, in which submitted pieces showcased both artistic ability and a deeper understanding of the multitude of contributions from the Black community. The winners of the competition included Brayden Heiges ‘23 (1st place), Sydney Hoye ‘24 (2nd place) and Sophie Jenkins ‘23 (3rd place). 

Luke Vasquez Named Charles Daily Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Luke Vasquez '21, recipient of this year's Charles Daily Scholarship. The Charles S. Daily Scholarship Award Program was established to recognize and promote academic excellence among high school students, with preference given to students who want to study engineering and/or physical education.