I am so happy to have found a school that goes above and beyond to help their students in any way possible. My son has struggled at times and the school has gone out of their way to work with him and us to ensure he is successful. The principal has personally worked with my son and the other staff members to ensure he has a positive experience. The school is not focused on discipline. Self Development is focused on helping their students learn and be successful in all endeavors. Many schools say they are child centered, but I do not believe it would be possible to find a more child centered school than Self Development.
We had my daughter in a well rated public school and they were not challenging her enough. We decided to move her to SDCS and WOW! There is no comparison! She is in love with school and really looks forward to every day. She has been there for over a year now and has excelled in all subjects! I can not say enough about how great the teachers at this school are. Mrs.Steiner is one of the most dedicated, kind, professional teachers I have met. She really challenges her students to work hard, be respectful, and to have fun! For anyone looking for a well rounded school that offers both a high academic standard as well a variety of extra curricular activities this is the one for you!
We feel very, very fortunate to have a school of this caliber so close to home. The caveat as far as success here is that parents MUST be involved at home in the child's academic progress. The curriculum, while aggressive and challenging, is certainly not impossible. With active support at home to encourage the child's education, it is a fantastic combination with what the school has to offer. A previous review states that this school is "about learning, not about drama" -- I could not agree more!! (And, isn't that the way it should be?)
I am a "graduated" student of SDCS, currently enrolled in the IB Programme at Westwood High (I'm in 10th grade). I can honestly say this school helped me understand and admire why learning is so important. I feel this is a great environment for children to learn in, and I have used the tools I learned here throughout my educational career thus far. I am proud to say I have a 4.7 GPA and university with scholarships is an option for me. SDCS really does guide their students in the right direction. If this school is still around when I have children one day, I will most definitely consider sending them here.
I am so excited to hear about the programs Self Development is implementing during the coming year. The junior high math program allows my children to grow to their full potential with no limits to how high they go. The school also has plans in the works to offer AP courses including Biology. As well as allowing the students to participate in various ACT examinations. I am so glad to have found a school that is dedicated to giving my children the opportunity to spread their wings in a nurturing environment.
Another great school year has come to an end. I am so pleased to have found a school with administration, teacher and principal that really care about my child's education!! Can't wait for the upcoming school year.
The principal personally reviews each child's work on a regular basis. By doing this she realized my child was struggling with certain math concepts. I was notified right away and interventions were put into place immediately to make sure my child mastered those concepts. This made her feel successful in math, which in return made her have a successful school year. As a parent this means a lot to me.
My children have gone to Self Development for 5 years now. This school is not an online school like a previous post I read stated. I believe that post is posted for the wrong school. SDCS is a great school with a very caring and enthusiastic staff.
I am so happy to have found a school that my children enjoy going to and one that I feel has high expectations and goals for their academic success. My children have been going to SDCS for the past 4 years and they have always had a very strong bond with each one of their teachers. They are eager to tell me about their day when I pick them up. They have developed a true love for learning, thanks to SDCS. This love of learning will stay with them for the rest of their lives.
It's the best choice in the area for grades K-3. I have learned that all of the reviews for this school are monitored and any negative comments are quickly overshadowed by rave reviews.
Self Development Charter School was the PERFECT school for our children. Both of our children attended SDCS from Kindergarten till 8th grade. The accelerated curriculum challenged our children. This made for a smooth transition into public school. We feel fortunate that our children were given a strong foundation in EVERY subject. There were no gaps in their learning and both were immediately placed in honors classes. The school's preparation given for AIMS and Standford 10 immensely helped our children feel confident and knowlegdeable when taking any exam. Throughout their schooling, testing continues to be part of their education. We are grateful that SDCS prepared our children for these challenges.
This school is not perfect but I feel that it is was best choice for my child out of all the pubic & charter schools in the area for K-3. Of course there are positives & negatives to all schools. Yes, they teach children one grade above for ALL subjects from K-3rd grade. So if your child is 2 grades above level in reading or math, their needs will not be meet. In 4th grade they might go above 2 levels in Math. Another positive is that they offer lots of recess opportunities which is necessary for kids to function. A negative is that there are not a lot of opportunities for hands on learning. They do some science projects for K-3. Maybe on average about once a month,(I am being generous here), but not as often as they should to reinforce the subject. For example, when learning about magnets I strongly believe that they should have played with actual magnets! It is the best way to show how magnets may attract or repel each other. I had to supplement this at home. They do utilize a good curriculum, McGraw Hill, but often use Spectrum workbooks to get the kids ready for their Stanford 10 & AIMS. The staff is nice but I will be transferring my son to Mesa Academy for 4th grade.
I am so grateful to have found a school where my children are receiving a top level education. My students love going to school each day. The school is definitely centered around each individual student and ensuring their needs are met. The teachers in all grade levels enjoy what they are doing and you can see it on their smiling faces. The administration and office staff are always available to answer any questions you may have. I have been at SDCS for 4 years and will remain until my kids enter high school.
Love the school, my daugher has been going since preschool and she is pushed every year to learn to her full potential. If you do not have time to help your child learn then this school wll not work for you. Its about learning and not about drama.Yes there test scores are the best. Look for yourself and compare.
As a parent, I am looking forward to my child entering fourth grade at SDCS! Each year, my child has grown academically and socially. The school truly implements a program that is based on student learning and progress. My child always feels welcomed and nurtured by the school staff and falculty. Although the school receives only state funds, resources are visually allocated to ensure the learning of the students. SDCS is an excellent model of successful education!
i am so grateful to have found a school where my children are getting a top education. The principal Mrs. Majeed is very involved in the children's learning and how they are doing. The front office is very caring and helpful. Thank you SDCS for giving my children a top education in a caring, nurturing and safe environment.
Parental involvement is a must! I was compelled to do a review, because there are a few parents that comment that there is no communication between staff and parents! What???!!!! Before we even begin school we get a hand book with rules and regulations, the teacher also gives rules and regulations. Every class has a weekly progress report to be signed by the PARENT! I am always called even if my son falls and scrapes his knee! What more communication do you need!! Wow you must be very busy not to hear any feed back! You have to do YOUR part to stay connected as well!!!
SDCS is number one in our book. Our daughter s ability to overcome obstacles has been evident in her accelerated performance. Her older sister went to a different school and I never once received a phone call from the teacher. At SDCS the teacher calls to give you positive feedback on your child s progress. I am grateful for the teachers, staff and principle at SDCS because of all they do. Their dedication to education is priceless.
We were new to the school this year and we are terribly disappointed. Long story short our son's small group was being taught in the kitchen, a small kitchen that is used for a storage area for all kinds of things. The door had to be open because the air was out on a heat advisory day. I pulled him out that day. But most of all I could never get what I felt was an honest up front answer to any of questions from the staff. In the end, although I think the academics are great I did not feel safe leaving my child there and could not trust the staff's communication with me.
Our daughter was extremely excited about all the new faces at school the first day of school. She has been with SDCS family since the age of one. Changes are inevitable and SDCS is growing because of the incredible school it has always been and continues to be. SDCS was school of the year for a reason and there are several of them. The principal, front office staff and teachers work extremely hard to make sure every child is successful. SDCS was also given an Academic Excellence Award from the Arizona Department of Education. Our family hopes that the school continues to grow and we are confident that our child's education will continue to be top-notch.
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