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Admissions Updates

Greetings from our Admissions Team! We have begun accepting applications for the 2021/22 academic year. We look forward to getting to know your family during our admissions process. Please don’t hesitate to connect with any questions you may have at admissions@cds.on.ca or 905-833-1972.

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Admissions Timeline

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  • Early Decision - Exclusively for grades 1, 4, 7, 9

    For all grades, we recommend applying for admission at your earliest opportunity. A majority of offers to entry grades are made during Early Decision.
     
    *Junior Kindergarten is an entry grade but is not included in Early Decision.
     
    Candidates for all other grades are strongly encouraged to apply during this period but will be subject to deadlines and decision timelines associated with Regular Decision. 

    Early Decision Timeline
    Online Application Deadline                                       November 16, 2020
    Completed File Deadline                                            November 23, 2020
      (all supporting documents must be uploaded/submitted)
    Decisions released                                                     January 11, 2021
    Acceptance/Deposit Deadline                                   January 25, 2021

    Three decisions are possible in this round:
    • Accepted!          
    • Deferred (The applicant will be brought forward and considered during the Regular Decision period)
    • Declined (The applicant does not meet our admission requirements) 

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  • Regular Decision

    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.
    Timeline
    Online Application Deadline                                        February 4, 2021
    Completed File Deadline                                             February 11, 2021
      (all supporting documents must be uploaded/submitted)
    Decisions released                                                       February 25, 2021
    Acceptance/Deposit Deadline                                     March 4, 2021
     
    Three decisions are possible in this round:
    • Accepted!          
    • 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

    Rolling admission begins on March 8, 2021, 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.

Application Procedure

To ensure that an applicant will develop and be successful at The Country Day School, our application procedure is multi-faceted, comprehensive and tailored to the age and stage of the applicant. Please note that before the academic and character assessments can be booked, a complete application must be uploaded/submitted to the Office of Admission. Each application is reviewed carefully and, although many students are invited to participate in an assessment, there may be circumstances where this is not the case. Before sharing any personal information, you are invited to consult the School’s Privacy Policy.
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.

Admission Process Steps

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  • 1. Submit Completed Online Application

    • The completed Application Form including the Confidential Teacher Report Form
    • Copies of current school Report Cards and final reports from the previous two years
    • Recent Photograph of the applicant (face clearly visible)
    • Copy of Birth Certificate or Passport
    • Application fee of $125 (non-refundable) made by cheque, payable to The Country Day School
    • Psycho-educational report and IEP (if applicable)
    *All CDS students are required to live locally with a parent.
  • 2. Academic & Character Assessment

    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.

English Requirements

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.

School Information

13415 Dufferin Street King, Ontario L7B 1K5
(905) 833-1220
communications@cds.on.ca
admissions@cds.on.ca
Founded in 1972, The Country Day School is a co-educational private school offering programs in JK-12 and located on 100 acres north of Toronto in King.