Admission

How to Apply

Admissions Updates

Applications for September 2020 are now open.  Please note that individual and group assessments will not begin until mid to late October.  A member of the Admissions Team will be in touch over the coming weeks to provide each applicant with details regarding the next steps in the process.  



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. Early Decision allows families interested in admission to one of four* entry grades an opportunity for priority assessment and an early decision.
     
    *Junior Kindergarten is an entry grade but is not included in Early Decision.
     
    Candidates for all other grades are 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 15, 2019
    Completed File Deadline                                            November 22, 2019
      (all supporting documents must be uploaded/submitted)
    Decisions released                                                     January 10, 2020
    Acceptance/Deposit Deadline                                    January 24, 2020

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

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  • Regular Decision

    During Regular Admission 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, 2020
    Completed File Deadline                                             February 11, 2020
      (all supporting documents must be uploaded/submitted)
    Decisions released                                                      February 28, 2020
    Acceptance/Deposit Deadline                                     March 6, 2020
     
     
    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 7, 2020, 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 interviews and assessments can be booked, a complete application must be uploaded/submitted to the Office of Admission. Each application is reviewed carefully and, although most students are invited to attend an assessment day or interview, 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, we place as much weight on each student’s potential as we do their past performance. We also like to observe how students interact during their in-class assessment and the way in which older students conduct themselves in the personal interview and our school visit. Ultimately, we are looking for students who want to be fully engaged in and contribute to everything that our school has to offer.

Please note that before interviews and assessments can be booked, a complete application must be received by the Office of Admission. Each application is reviewed carefully and, although most students are invited to attend an assessment day or interview, 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.  

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
    • Pyscho-educational report (if applicable)
    *All CDS students are required to live locally with a parent.
  • 2. Academic Assessment

    The Academic Assessment varies depending on the applicant’s grade level: 

    JK-Grade 8
    Applicants will spend a full or half-day with either a group of applicants to the same grade or an existing class of their current grade level, supervised by a member of the Admission Committee. Although applicants for these grades are not required to write entrance exams, informal testing will take place for all applicants at their assessment event. After a complete application is received a member of the admission team will reach out to arrange the assessment.

    Grade 9
    New for September 2020 entry, grade 9 applicants are expected to attend a group onsite evaluation that will include social interaction and observation along with an in-house academic assessment (reading, writing, mathematics). More details and assessment dates will be announced in the Fall. Students who can not attend an assessment may still be considered but will be at a significant disadvantage.
     
    The Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), is no longer required; however, candidates who have completed the SSAT are welcome to submit results for consideration.

    Grades 10-12
    There is no formal testing for these grades. Decisions are based on the application package and the personal meeting. In some cases, formal or informal testing may be required at the discretion of the admission committee.
  • 3. The Personal Meeting or Interview

    The personal meeting or interview provides the Director of Admission or a designated member of the Admission Committee an opportunity to get to know the applicant and her/his parent or guardian on a personal level.

    JK-Grade 8
    There is no formal student interview for applicants to JK -8. Students spend time with teachers during the assessment visit. Parents are interviewed either on the day of the child's assessment or in advance.

    Grade 9
    New for September 2020 entry, a brief applicant interview will be incorporated into the on-site assessment. Parents are interviewed either on the day of the child's assessment or in advance.

    Grades 10 -12
    All applicants and their parent/s are interviewed by a member of the admission committee. Applicants to grade 10 -12 are also interviewed by the Director or Senior School.

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.