Scottsdale Country Day School provides a broad and balanced curriculum in small class sizes to students from Phoenix, Scottsdale, and Paradise Valley. SCDS is a tuition-free charter school and is dedicated to educational excellence. With over 50 years of collective teaching experience, the faculty and staff at SCDS nurture the growth in young people of respect, responsibility, vision, and individuality. Tailored courses seek to provide opportunities for the achievement of excellence in the academic, aesthetic, cultural, and sporting spheres.
SCDS provides a friendly and caring school environment in which pupils thrive and are valued for their individual contribution to the school community. Students are given every assistance and encouragement to reach their potential, discover talents through participation and contribution, and take responsibility for their progress. Teaching is class-based with each subject taught by a highly qualified specialist. Cutting edge technology is integrated in each classroom in order to enhance the creativity and innovation of its teachers and students alike.
Every charter school has a core curriculum and Scottsdale Country Day School is exceptional in its program, incorporating all the fundamentals required for students to excel academically, socially, artistically, and athletically. What sets SCDS apart are the philosophy and teaching methods that better prepare our students for an ever-changing global society. In so doing, we have defined the components that make up a foundation for each grade level.
In this learning model, students engage in academic opportunities in the classroom, and outside the core curriculum, to instill intellectual curiosity and equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to be resilient, independent thinkers. Grounded by a solid core foundation, this balance of rigor and possibility is what makes Scottsdale Country Day School unique.
The program developed at SCDS embodies our core mission to expand the boundaries of individual potential. Our program, grounded in integrity, promotes character development and collaboration. Mental challenges in a team context offer students the opportunity to develop leadership skills and self-confidence that will inspire them to lead productive and active lives. By the end of their time at SCDS, students have a breadth of learning on which to build for high school success and beyond. SCDS welcomes students from Phoenix, Scottsdale, Paradise Valley, Cave Creek, and beyond, with current families traveling from 17 different zip codes.