To ensure that an applicant will develop and be successful at The Country Day School, our application procedure is multi-faceted, including the submission of a complete application package, an academic assessment and the family’s personal meeting with a member of the Admissions Committee.
Recruitment for the upcoming year begins in the fall and continues until all spaces are filled. The decision of the Admissions Committee is communicated at the earliest possible opportunity.
In order to be considered for first - round offers, families are encouraged to submit their applications before mid-December.
All applications submitted after that time will be reviewed on a rolling basis based on availability in each grade.
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 younger students interact during their in-class assessment and the way in which older students conduct themselves in the personal interview. 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 Assessment varies depending on the applicant’s grade level:
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 applicants applying for Grades 1, 2 and 3 at this assessment event.
Admission testing is typically required of all candidates to these grades. For Grades 4, 5 and 6, testing will take place at the School on a specified date. For Grades 7, 8 and 9, students write the Secondary School Admission Test (SSAT), which is invigilated at various locations throughout the year. The SSAT test calendar and registration information are available here. When registering, please indicate the date and test site of your choosing, as well as which school(s) should receive the test score report.
There is no formal testing for these grades. Decisions are based on the application package and the personal meeting.
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.
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.
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.