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.
Our students enjoy tremendous university placement success throughout Canada, the United States and abroad. In 2020 our 85 graduates received nearly 400 admission offers to top universities across Canada, the U.S. and the world and 85% percent graduated as Ontario Scholars. Among the highlights: 16 Queen’s University, 12 Wilfrid Laurier University, 6 Western University, 8 University of Toronto, 4 McMaster University, 4 University of Guelph, 3 Dalhousie University, Ohio State University, George Washington University, the University of Southern California and University of San Francisco.
Any time is a good time to visit, but we recommend you try and come when school is in session and one of our students can show you around. Each academic year, we host Open Houses from October until February to give families the chance to tour the School with one of our Student Ambassadors. Along the way, you and your child(ren) will learn about our academic and extra-curricular programs, will meet members of our faculty and administration, and see our beautiful campus. Click to view our Open House Schedule.
Please contact Admissions should you have any questions, prefer to schedule a personal tour, or would like to receive our school prospectus and application package in advance of visiting CDS.
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: First, Second and Rolling.
First 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 (JK, 1, 4, 7 and 9).
The online application deadline for the first round of offers is November 20, 2020.
Visit How to Apply for more information on the application process.
All applicants are assessed. Applicants to Grades JK-8 take part in an informal academic assessment which takes place during their assessment visit day. Applicants to Grade 9 are required to take a formal examination called the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), or eqivalent. Applicants to grade 10 - 12 may be asked to submit a formal examination.
Please note that testing is one part of the process. Standardized test results are not always an accurate reflection of a student’s achievement or potential. However, testing offers a benchmark to compare candidates, and for a discussion with families about their student’s potential for success at CDS.
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.