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Cultural Competency & Inclusion

At Savannah Country Day, we believe in the transformative power of education that goes beyond textbooks and classrooms. Our commitment to cultural competency and inclusion is at the heart of our educational philosophy. We strive to create a vibrant and nurturing environment where every student feels a profound sense of belonging, and we are committed to cultivating a community where all experiences, backgrounds, identities, and abilities are valued and respected. Through a range of inclusive initiatives and programs, we create an atmosphere where each student feels seen, heard, and empowered to thrive academically and personally. 
Lower School

Lower School students participate in monthly initiatives focused on cultural awareness, self-awareness and empathy. The 3rd-5th grade students put on an annual multi-cultural potluck. Students experience various food tastings, cultural traditions, games, and more.

Middle School

Student Diversity Club: Middle School is an opportune place for students to foster and engage in dialogue related to Cultural Competency and Inclusion. This important dialogue brings awareness to issues in the Middle School and provides solutions and strategies to navigate these issues. 

Upper School

Our Upper School club, Students Celebrating Diversity, brings awareness to the larger SCDS community. Every year we send a cohort of students to the NAIS Student Diversity Leadership Conference. Students Celebrating Diversity adhere to the following goals:

We educate ourselves and the greater community; create an environment that welcomes open and honest dialogues among everyone; emphasize empathy, tolerance, and acceptance; and work toward ending macro and microaggressions.

News & Happenings

Black History Month Collaboration

First and third graders partnered to research and write about important Black American figures for Black History Month. From Harriet Tubman to Wally Amos (creator of Famous Amos Cookies!), third graders helped their partners navigate the web and write about the amazing contributions these individuals have made (and continue to make!) to society.

Black History Month Recognized at The Little School

Like the ABCs and 123s, social behaviors—like empathy and noticing and celebrating differences—are important topics taught at The Little School. This month, students are recognizing Black History Month in several ways — through history (learning about historical figures such as Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Benjamin Banneker), art (creating Kehinde Wiley and Alma Thomas-inspired artwork), literature (reading Black History Month books), and more!

Lunar New Year Celebrations

Lunar New Year is upon us, with celebrations starting on February 10! Lower School students got a head-start on the festivities, crafting red envelopes, lanterns, and learning all about the Year of the Dragon! Happy Lunar New Year!

School-Wide Day of Service

What an incredible morning of service learning in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service! On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Country Day students — from The Little School to 12th grade — collaborated with nearly 30 Savannah-based non-profit organizations for a range of community service activities, both on-campus and off. From making dog treats for One Love Animal Rescue to stocking shelves at Over the Moon Diaper Bank, our Hornets truly embodied the School's mission today — "Service through Knowledge and Character." You can find more photos of today's projects on the SCDS Facebook page

A HUGE thank you to the below organizations for partnering with us on MLK Day of Service and inspiring our students to serve our community and others with a grateful heart. #hornetsserve #mlkdayofservice 

Brightside Advocacy
Caretta Research Project
Emmaus House
Horizons Savannah
Humane Society for Greater Savannah
Loop It Up Savannah
One Hundred Miles
One Love Animal Rescue
Over the Moon Diaper Bank
Red Cross
Renegade Paws Rescue
Repurpose Savannah
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Safe Shelter
Savannah - Ogeechee Canal Museum & Nature Center
Savannah Supports Ukraine
Savannah Tree Foundation
Savannah Union Mission
Savannah Wildlife Rescue
Second Harvest
Step Up Savannah
Tharros Place
Tybee Clean Beach
Wesley Community Center
United Ministries of Savannah: Emmaus House Soup Kitchen

Students Attend Diversity Conference

In late November, a group of SCDS students joined over 2,000 other high school students from across the nation for the 2023 Student Diversity Leadership Conference, a flagship conference of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). This year's conference took place in St. Louis, MO, with the theme, Bending the Arc Toward Justice: Radical Optimism, Transformational Joy, Resilience, and Brilliance. Country Day student attendees included Miles King, Rachi Wilson, Ayo Ajayi, Jade Flood, Ramon Barboa, and Liv Posey. Junior Jade Flood commented, "My favorite part of the SDLC trip was exploring friendship. I had so much fun meeting new people and forming stronger relationships with my peers who accompanied me!" Freshman Miles King added, "SDLC helped me realize that I need to speak up instead of letting people turn down my voice in the world." Karen Brown, Director of Cultural Competency and Inclusion, enthuses, "I am always so excited to accompany students and faculty to the conference. It re-energizes me every year, and it embodies what we strive for in our Independent Schools—inclusion and belonging. Our students were in awe of the many impressive speakers, presentations, and activities each day. It was a wonderful and life-changing experience for our SCDS students who attended."

Global Getdown

Global Getdown is a student-submitted video series highlighting the cultural/religious heritage of some of our families. Click the link below to view the Global Getdown videos.

Global Getdown Videos 2023-2024

Global Getdown Videos 2022-2023

In accordance with our mission, core beliefs, and strategic plan, we seek to foster and affirm a diverse and inclusive community at Savannah Country Day School.  Members of this community reflect varied and multi-faceted backgrounds and identities and acknowledge these differences with sensitivity and respect.  This community is critical to nurturing a sense of belonging in each student and inspiring lifelong intellectual and personal growth in all.

Meet the CCI Team

Karen Brown

Director of Cultural Competency and Inclusion

Sara Bocanegra

Middle School Spanish Teacher (6th & 7th Grade), Middle School Cultural Competency & Inclusion Co-Coordinator

Merritt Graves

Lower School Music Teacher, Lower School Cultural Competency & Inclusion Coordinator

Jennifer Sams

Little School Teacher, Little School Cultural Competency & Inclusion Coordinator, Little School Cultural Competency and Inclusion Coordinator

At SCDS we understand the importance of celebrating our similarities while also recognizing that we are human individuals with diverse identities, including, but not limited to:
- ethnicity
- nationality

- age
- gender identity
- ability
- race
- religion
- sexual orientation
- family structure
- socioeconomic status