The Country Day School is an independent day school serving students in JK-12. Independent schools are not-for-profit and are governed by a volunteer board of trustees working with the Head of School. The Board of Directors select, support and work in partnership with the Head to develop and guide the vision for the School. The Head implements this vision through responsible and accountable leadership practices.
At CDS, students pursue their passions in every subject and field imaginable. After graduation, the variety of university programs and professions they choose highlights the value of an education with balance. Members of each year’s graduating class pursue a broad range of academic and professional disciplines. Science typically leads the way with 40% of our graduates pursuing Life Science, Physical Science or Engineering. The Social Sciences and Humanities are next at 35% and Business at 20%. Some unique disciplines pursued of late include Graphic Communications Management, Environment and Urban Sustainability, Architectural Engineering and Astrophysics.
The vast majority of CDS students attend Canadian universities, although many apply and are accepted elsewhere. In recent years, about 10% of students have opted to go to US or UK destinations, including the University of Oxford, King’s College London, the University of Edinburgh, Royal College of Surgeons Ireland, University of Southern California (USC), Dartmouth Berklee College of Music and George Washington University.
We love to show families our school, but for now, we remain cautious with visitors to campus. We have a variety of virtual tools to help you explore our community and we encourage you to connect with our admissions team to explore possible on-site facility tours outside of school hours.
The Country Day School offers a user-pay bus service to its students, arriving at the school at 8:30 a.m. and departing at 4:45 p.m. following the After School Program (3:30 p.m. with no after school activities).
Although the routes vary slightly from year-to-year in response to demand, as a general rule, the bus travels to the following communities:
Some students attending the School travel up to an hour from either the east, west, north or south. The outer boundaries are presently Barrie to the north, Uxbridge to the east, Caledon to the west and Toronto to the south.
Students should apply to CDS the year prior to the admission year.
The admission cycle is divided into 3 rounds: Early, Regular and Rolling.
Early round offers provide families an opportunity to be assessed and receive an admissions decision at the earliest point possible in the enrolment cycle. Admission standards are highest in this preliminary round and a majority of offers are made to entry grades (1, 4, 7 and 9). Although JK is an entry grade, application and offer timelines follow the Regular Round schedule allowing us to assess these youngest of applicants as late in the process as possible.
The online application deadline for the first round of offers is November 15, 2021.
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
All applicants are assessed. The Academic and Character Assessment varies depending on the applicant’s grade level. With uncertainty surrounding campus visitors during the pandemic, more detailed information describing specific elements of the academic and character assessment will be communicated directly to applicants in a timely manner. While our preference is to continue our practice of in-person assessment, we are prepared to conduct meaningful remote assessments. Remote assessments may include a supervised academic testing component, as well as a student and or parent personal meeting or interview
Absolutely! Our students have extensive opportunities to participate in intramural and interscholastic sports teams (through the Conference of Independent Schools Athletic Association), starting in Grade 4. CDS offers 66 teams across 20 sports, including soccer, track and field, rugby, basketball, tennis and baseball. The main emphasis of our physical education and athletics program is fitness for life. We encourage our students to gain an appreciation for a variety of sports and physical activities and a healthy way of living.
Yes, CDS participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program, which is a cooperative educational endeavour between secondary schools and post-secondary academic institutions. It allows high school students to undertake university-level academic learning in AP courses, giving them the opportunity to show that they have mastered the advanced material by taking AP examinations. While in high school, students can earn a credit, advanced placement, or both, from the many universities that participate in the AP program worldwide.
As active participants in serving the needs of others, students learn about the world around them and develop both civic responsibility and self-worth.
By giving of their time, ideas and even their allowance, students learn that they can make a difference in their community and in the wider world as well. Students jump rope for Heart and Stroke, run for Terry Fox, dig building foundations in Africa through Free the Children, plant trees, and collect food and toys for the needy, just to name a few activities. Please visit our Character Development and Service page for more details.
Like most independent schools in Ontario, CDS is funded 100 percent through a combination of tuition fees, endowment earnings, and annual fundraising and operates as a not-for-profit organization. Tuition fees cover our annual operating costs, but all school improvements and expansions are funded by annual and capital gifts from our parent and alumni donors. CDS launched the $10M Making Connections campaign in May 2012, which funded a new Dining Hall and rejuvenated Senior School. Donors take immense pride in their contributions to CDS and are recognized in a variety of ways, including the listing in our Annual Report. A suggested Annual Capital Fund Donation of $1,000 per child is listed in the annual fee for your convenience, but is considered voluntary.
For more information on ways to give to CDS, click here.