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.

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

Governor's Honors Program

Congratulations to juniors Maya King (Communicative Arts) and Yenna Park (Strings/Bass) on their invitation to the prestigious Governor's Honors Program. Over 3,200 students are nominated each year, and nearly 1,600 interview/audition for the highly selective residential summer program that allows participants to immerse themselves in a particular course of study. In addition, Junior Aden Adjei (Mathematics) was named as an alternate.

Exploring our City

Mr. Beckmann's Savannah and the American South class took a walking tour of downtown Savannah. After lunch at Sentient Bean, students made their way north on Bull Street through Forsyth Park to examine monuments and historic markers to better understand the intersection of history and memory — exploring not only how we remember the past but also when and why we decide to memorialize events and people. The field trip concluded with a wonderful tour of the Green-Meldrim House (Sherman's Savannah HQ in 1864-1865) led by Jane Pressly.

Cum Laude Induction Ceremony

On April 20, Country Day held its annual Cum Laude Induction Ceremony where we honored 18 SCDS student scholars and one adult faculty scholar in front of the Upper School student body. Dr. Sharon Eswine was the featured speaker for the event. The Cum Laude Society recognizes academic excellence in the country‘s most prestigious high schools, and membership is strictly limited to schools with exemplary academic programs. Country Day is honored to be one of 11 chapters in the state of Georgia and the only in Savannah. 2022 Country Day inductees include:

Faculty scholar:
Bill Eswine, Lower School Science Teacher

Class of 2023 (front row):
Rebecca Daters
Edward Henneman
Julia McGoldrick
Anna Pollak
Jordan Ruben
Sarah Schulze
Fiona Wilson
Alysa Young

Class of 2022 (middle row):
Emma Best
Mya Felser
Catherine Goodman
Haley Hiltzheimer
Karlo Jukic
Lane McCullough
Daniel McGuirk
Jessa Neil
Sarah Pine
Ethan Wheelock
Anna Wylly

Existing members are also pictured (back row), and include:
Alexis Almeida
Haley Avino
Thomas Bass
Amanda Chen
Josephina Dooley
Vivienne Drake
John Neely
Chatri Rajapaksha
Dalton Spivey
Julie Tomus

Paws up for Cross-Divisional Service Learning

As part of a service learning project, Junior Kindergarten Hornets partnered with Upper School students to bake homemade dog treats that will be donated to One Love Animal Rescue. These goodies are sure to make for some happy pups!

Field Trip to Pin Point

Mr. Beckmann's Savannah and the American South class visited the Pin Point Heritage Museum Friday afternoon as part of their study of African-American Savannah. Students explored the migration of free communities from Ossabaw, Green and Skidaway Islands to the mainland following Emancipation and the purchase of land and establishment of a vibrant community centered around crabbing, oystering and fishing. Pin Point is the oldest extant Gullah-Geechee community on the eastern seaboard.