Greetings from our Admissions Team. School is back and we are looking forward to a great year! At the same time, we are also eagerly looking ahead to next year and are happy to share that the CDS application for September 2022 entry is now active.
Regardless of the grade of interest, we encourage families to apply at the earliest opportunity so we can begin the process of getting to know each applicant.
Be sure to explore this section of our site for more detail about timing and process and please reach out to us by email or phone 905-833-1972 if you have questions.
During Regular Decision we continue to accept applications and review candidates for grades 1, 4, 7 and 9, and begin the decision process for all other grades.
Online Application Deadline February 2, 2022
Completed File Deadline February 9, 2022
(all supporting documents must be uploaded/submitted)
Decisions released February 23, 2022
Acceptance/Deposit Deadline March 2, 2022
Three decisions are possible in this round:
Wait pool (Applicants who successfully meet our admission criteria, but for whom space is not available are placed in the wait pool. We are able to accept students from the wait pool when families decline our offer of admission or their ability to attend in September changes before the beginning of the school year. The frequency of this varies from year to year, and grade to grade. The wait pool is not ranked, and if spaces do become available, the Admission Committee will convene to review candidates to determine the best fit and reach out to that family.)
Declined (The applicant does not meet our admission requirements)
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Rolling admission begins on March 4, 2022, and continues until all spaces are filled. Availability at this time of year varies from year to year and grade to grade. Typically, non-entry grades are full and applicants are assessed to join a wait pool.
Wait pool candidates who can not be placed may be brought forward for consideration for the following admission cycle.
In addition to the written application and document review, we place considerable weight on each student’s potential. Ultimately, we are looking for students who want to be fully engaged in and contribute to everything that our school has to offer.
The Academic and Character Assessment varies depending on the applicant’s grade level. With uncertainty surrounding campus visitors during the pandemic, more detail describing specific elements of the academic and character assessment will be communicated directly to applicants in a timely manner. While our preference will be 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.
The Country Day School does not offer an ESL program. In order for students to be successful at CDS, they must be able to demonstrate fluency in both written and spoken English. CDS is not a boarding school and prospective students ideally will have lived in Canada for one or two years. Applicants whose first language is not English may be required to complete a written test (SSAT/TOEFL) to gauge their proficiency.
Our community is diverse and the logistics of translating our documents into the many first languages of our families is not feasible or desirable for our school. Throughout our Admissions process we emphasize the need that new parents who are learning English have someone who can translate documents for them or that they integrate Google Translate or other helpful Apps to assist them in translating what we send home. We strongly feel this is the best option as their children immerse themselves in the English language as CDS students.
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.