"We are best known for academics and college prep."
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School leader Andrew Rodin
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3901 East Stanford Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

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4 stars
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January 28, 2014
Since our child started at PCDS we have witnessed a complete transformation. Before, school was a dreaded chore. Now she has actually learned.. to love learning! She get's up early excited to go to school & comes home raving about her day (both socially & academically). PCDS has done an amazing job of attracting & retaining the highest quality educators & administrators. The Admissions Department set the tone of the school with incredible individualized attention. To see an example of the unique culture at PCDS; come & watch the Middle School students arrive each morning where the Heads of school are in front greeting EVERY CHILD BY NAME, shaking their hand, looking them in the eye & giving them the respect & encouragement they deserve as they start their day. It s remarkable, it s genuine & it s just the beginning of what continues inside every classroom throughout the day. This is one of many great examples that makes PCDS so special. I do feel proud knowing that my daughter is going to what I believe to be the best school in the West. Phoenix was a temporary stop for us, but after finding PCDS, we re adjusting our lives to stay here until she finishes. It really is that good!

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
PCDS provides a challenging learning environment for all its students. Standards are high and no child is ever left behind.

- submitted by a community member
October 13, 2013
I just came to PCDS for my freshman year. There are some reviews that say rude things such as "They look like cheap public school kids." I used to attend a public school and no one looked "cheap". PCDS does in fact have a dress code and it is a little more loose than most schools, however the students here are trusted by the faculty enough that teachers recognize that guys don't go around looking at our cleavage and bottoms. Maybe you should learn to trust your children a little and give them some freedom. At PCDS there are no cliques and everyone is accepted. The teachers are our superiors but also our friends, this should not be confused with students being disrespectful. The four classes per day schedule with long breaks in between get the students prepared for college and gives time to kids for putting last touches on projects or reading the parts of the bible they forgot was homework. Just don't think "I'm not paying 25,000 a year for my kid to get Cs or Bs." The work here is difficult, and one or two Cs with a few Bs wont matter to colleges, as students learn here in their Real World class. All in all PCDS gives parents their money's worth.

- submitted by a community member
October 09, 2013
If you want your teen to get into an IVY League school or into Stanford, this is not the place to send him/her. My teen received all A's in all honors and AP classes except for 2 B+'s during the entire 9-12 high school education. My teen earned near perfect SAT scores, worked 40 hours of community service a year, and devoted over 18 hours a week at his/her sport. Also, the teachers loved my teen so I am sure he/she received excellent recommendations. My teen was not admitted to Harvard, Columbia, Princeton, nor Stanford. However, the same year, 3 Brophy students were admitted to Stanford, a couple of Xavier girls went to Stanford and Princeton, and kids from Arcadia and Chaparral also gained acceptance from the above named schools. No one from PCDS was accepted. My teen was tied for first in the class, although they don't have class rankings. The students know, however, who is on top. I do believe my teen received a superior education. However, the big named schools do not recognize PCDS over Brophy, Xavier, Arcadia, or Chaparral.

- submitted by a parent
September 30, 2013
PCDS prepares kids for the real world. This school really forces your kids to think. Although there is some rote learning/memorization involved, this is not the primary/sole focus like the last school my kids' attended. PCDS seems to combine traditional and contemporary teaching tools with the goal of helping kids to think and act in innovative and thoughtful ways. We are really impressed with what we have seen so far, and we are thrilled with the thoughtful directions the school is taking. There are many opportunities outside the classroom as well, both in the arts as well as in athletics from the lower grades on up through the high school. How fortunate we feel that our kids are exposed to this type of educational experience -- not an inexpensive monetary investment but a wise long-term investment in our kids and their futures.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2013
Was at PCDS today for a sporting event . Beautiful grounds and very impressive property it sits on . I was so surprised to see that the school has no dress code for the students . The girls were walking around with short shorts and their behinds hanging out , half shirts with stomachs showing . I thought this was suppose to be a school for higher learning . It looks more like they belong hustling on the street .what a disappointment . We had gone to see the school . The school prides itself on high academic but really should be teaching it's students about respect for themselves and how to dress in public . They look like cheap public school kids .

- submitted by a community member
September 17, 2013
My daughter started in 6th grade and we plan on keeping her there through graduation of 12th grade. Amazing academics, extra curricular activities and language choices (Mandarin is our choice). Band, choir, art, debate, health, student council and athletics. Athletics were top on our list but I'm not thrilled with that however we are holding out hope for the High School. This is an amazing school and I would recommend to anyone. Its pricey but you get what you pay for. All teachers are at least masters level and it shows on the standard of work and what is expected of our child. Thank You

- submitted by a parent
August 21, 2013
We visited several private and top charter schools. One observation we made is the majority of those schools were glorified "homework mills." A homework mill is a school that places the teaching burden upon the parents. They assign several hours of homework to be completed by the student which becaomes the parent's responsibility. PCD is not a homework mill. The teachers actually teach. Students are not assigned unreasonable amounts of homework, because most of it is completed in the classroom. I think it is unfair that former teachers are posing as parents to vent their frustrations at being dismissed. Ironically, the criticism that parent's have too much authority is one of the reasons I chose PCD. Most public and charter schools seem to put administrators and teachers before students. At PCD, teachers are held accountable and will face repercussions for failing to honor their obligations including treating students with respect. Finally, claiming that students matriculate into top universities due to their wealth is an ignorant statement. PCD students work incredibly hard, and earn their way into these top schools. It seems like a case of sour grapes by that "parent"

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
Very Expensive, but a great school! I graduated from this school in the 90's and now my child attends and I have been very impressed with the teachers and the learning. Most of the other parents have been friendly and my child loves attending school and is learning a great deal with many hands on experiences.

- submitted by a parent
February 15, 2013
This school is a joke. Money controls everything at PCDS. Parents love it, of course, since they are able to control a completely spineless administration, who allows its entitled students to be entirely rude and disrespectful to its teachers and anyone in a position of authority. The "best school in Arizona and southwest?" That's hilarious. Students receive nothing of reality with their numerous breaks throughout the day and relaxed "get to class whenever you feel" attitude. And sure, since money talks, students get into great schools. But don't fool yourself. There are many other schools in the Phoenix area that really and truly "produce" a prepared and realistic student for the future...schools that are free and teach the students to be hard-working, respectful young adults.

- submitted by a parent
January 23, 2013
This is the best school in the state in our opinion. When comparing PCD to Brophy, several factors stood out in favor of PCD in our view. PCD is not affiliated with any particular religion. It is not a boys only school. An environment that consists entirely of males can be too competitive and we wanted our children to associate and study alongside females as well. PCD is more low key with sports and the social atmosphere. We want our children's focus to be on academics and not the social scene and how well their football team fared. PCD has a more academic oriented environment and less emphasis is placed on parental activities and parent social activities. We really want our children to have the best opportunity of gaining admission to a highly ranked national university and the matriculation list at PCD appeared to be stronger in our view. The only downside to PCD is the cost but you often get what you pay for.

- submitted by a parent
September 26, 2012
Hands down the best school in Arizona. Just look at the College Matriculation list. My children absolutely love it and the faculty are experienced, friendly, caring, passionate, professional, and helpful.

- submitted by a parent
April 17, 2012
PCDS is a great school. The teachers are very involved. The students are very friendly. Everyone is happy and ready to learn. They make learning fu n and easy but yet you are learning so much. The work is very advanced. It is wonderful.

- submitted by a community member
March 05, 2012
PCDS Upper School is a wonderful place for any teen who is serious about their academics. The sport, drama & art programs are a nice bonus. Most of the instructors are genuinely working to bring out the best in your child. The newly appointed US Head is brilliant. He is intelligent and relates well with the student body and parents. My only complaint is that my kids did not fair well with the MS Head hired a few years ago, and I understand from parents who have pulled their kids from MS that it has not gotten any better.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2012
As a proud parent of two PCDS students, and having been so for 12 years (Pre-K to 10th grade), I can say without a doubt that Phoenix Country Day School has provided both my boys with a truly fine education. I believe they would attend on Saturday if given the opportunity. The classes are small, the faculty is highly qualified and sincerely interested in each student's success, and the balance between academics, the arts, music and sports provides a wide variety of enriching opportunities for any student. I can say with all honesty that my boys will always take the lessons they've learned at PCDS and apply them to a lifetime of learning and growing as scholars and as people. PCDS maintains a healthy and diverse student body from a socio-economic and ethnic standpoint. I may sound like a shill for PCDS, but I am just a proud parent and satisfied customer of a school that takes its mission seriously and has become very good at delivering what they promise. Anyone in Arizona who desires the absolute best education for their children need look no further.

- submitted by a parent
April 19, 2011
PCDS is, quite simply, the best college prep school in the Phoenix metro area. It's true that the standards are high and the grading is tough, which can be somewhat discouraging. But if you want your kids to be prepared for the rigors of college, there is no place better. The grades I earned at PCDS (good, but not top of the class) translated into high achievement in college and graduate admissions to Harvard and Yale, among others. My former classmates and I have PCDS to thank for our accomplishments. At PCDS, I learned how to write, think, and communicate effectively. Those skills are invaluable no matter what path students take after graduation. PCDS has its drawbacks; no school is perfect. It's true, I think, that there is a sense of entitlement among some students, and of course no school is the "right" choice for everyone. But in general, the faculty and student body is welcoming, the academics are top notch, and the school has really made an effort to emphasize diversity and public service in recent years. I've had my fair share of complaints over the years. But at the end of the day, finances permitting, I would send my own children there in a heartbeat.

- submitted by a community member
January 26, 2011
If your child is a brainiac who you are confident will be one of the top 5 students in the class of 60, then send your kid here. If not, you're wasting your money. The teachers/college counseling dept. concentrate on these top 5 students to get them into their colleges of choice. The others are left to fend for themselves. The school likes to push "out of state colleges," and they frown upon students going to in-state schools--so sad. So many of my classmates have returned to in-state schools after their 1st year at a tiny, never-heard-of out-of-state liberal arts college, to come to an in-state AZ university. Nevertheless, the academic are top-notch and your child will emerge prepared for any academic challenge. Oh, there is also a TERRIBLE communication barrier between the faculty and parents (even though they claim they want the students to be "independent," but remember--you're the one shelling out $20k per year, so don't you deserve to have access to talk to the teachers!?). I've seen public schools who love the parents and return their calls (whereas this school just hits the "delete" button once they hear "Hi, I'm so and so's father/mother")

- submitted by a community member
December 03, 2010
Excellent education, great teachers, great friends that is what both of our recent PCDS graduates say about what they had at PCDS. They were well prepared for college and graduate school with time management and problem-solving skills, and at PCDS were able to participate in challenging academic courses while also participating in varsity sports and musical endeavors. PCDS provides great opportunities for students, and a strong network of caring, dedicated, and nurturing adults to create an ideal learning environment. As the only Pre-K through 12 independent school in the state, PCDS provides an age appropriate learning environment in which students thrive.

- submitted by a parent
November 03, 2010
As a sibling of someone who has committed suicide, and a proud parent of two PCDS graduates, I am offended by the attitude of some of the anonymous posts on this website regarding both the academic and social environment at PCDS and the almost flippant use of phrases in some of the recent reviews. Both eating disorders and suicide are medical conditions requiring a physician s treatment. Mood disorders are complicated to treat, have genetic components, are serious, and can be difficult to overcome, let alone eradicate. Placing blame for such conditions on a school environment is uneducated and irresponsible, and hurtful to those involved and left behind after a tragic ending to an often difficult situation. PCDS has produced thousands of successful, happy, and healthy graduates in its fifty years, and should be very proud of its program, faculty, and students.

- submitted by a parent
June 25, 2009
Our family has been attending PCDS since Pre-K. We are now 11th year and can honestly say we've seen the school at its best and its worst. Every school, public or private, has chinks in the armour, and if you choose to focus on such things in a dis-proportionate manner, you reap a false conclusion. This school is simply far and away the best college prepatory school in Arizona. It is comparable to East Coast private schools academically and in the arts. Many, many conversations with parents from back East have convinced me this is true. Even more telling is when you have a conversation with an Upper School student and witness for yourself the poise, confidence, humility and ease with which this young person communicates with an adult. They possess the ability to communicate a well-thought-out opinion that allows for constructive discourse. This is the rule, not the exception!

- submitted by a parent
November 18, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2008
I'm an alumnus and I feel very lucky to have gone to PCDS for high school. With the small class sizes, the excellent teachers, and the chance to be among my intellectual equals as a student, PCDS prepared me ridiculously well for college and also made me into a smarter person in addition to just teaching me new things. For a school with only 250 students in the Upper School (grades 9-12) it offers a very diverse curriculum, including a plethora of Advanced Placement courses in a variety of fields. If you are lucky enough to have the money to send your children to PCDS, then it's definitely worth the tuition. Even if you can't afford it, PCDS offers fairly generous financial aid, as well as the Project Excellence program.

- submitted by a student
August 16, 2008
My son graduated in '07 and proved to be well prepared for college, both academically and emotionally. No student falls through the cracks in such a small school. Regarding the environment, cultural diversity has improved greatly in the last few years, both with students and faculty/staff. Yes, tuition is high, but there seem to be increasingly more students on financial aid, so the socio-economic picture is also changing. My Middle Schooler has many friends, plays sports, and finds the schoolwork challenging. It's a well-rounded picture.

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June 18, 2008
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- submitted by a community member
May 22, 2008
I am a former student of PCDS. It is by far the best school in the state and provides great preparation for college. No other school in the state has 100% of its students go to 4-year colleges, of which a very large percentage go to IVY league schools, and very few stay in-state. Many people on the reviews complain about the social situation of the school. Yes it is true that because most students come from wealthy families (since I think tuition is now somewhere near $20,000 a year) the school does not represent 'the real world.' I think however to deny a child a world class education for that reason is ridiculous. You as parents, can always teach your children about the real world so they do not become jaded by money.

- submitted by a student
no rating May 08, 2008
I do believe that for the most part, the academics are very strong. I do not believe that the school gives the students an edge in getting into a good college. There is a great deal of truth to the commentary I have seen on this site regarding the odd social social climate at the school. The parents are very high maintenance and spend a great deal of time hovering over their children and attempting to tell the teachers how to teach. There are parents who seem to derive some odd cachet depending on their involvement in the school parent's association. If you are in this income bracket and want to spend this amount of money providing your child with a world class education, I think you would better served by choosing Andover, Exeter, Choate or some other similarly situated school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2008
PCDS is a wonderful school. Its small classes and exciting curriculum have completely engaged my son. He also plays chess and baseball, swims, volunteers, and was in a play last year. The school has been making good progress diversifying the student body and seems to give financial aid to as many families as it can. As a middle class family with little expendable income, PCDS has been helping us afford the tuition and we have never felt that we did not fit in with some of the wealthier parents. This is the best thing we ever did for our son and is worth every dollar you pay and hour you volunteer!

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2008
An extreme mix of outstanding academic opportunities and limited/skewed social experiences. It's absolutely true that children are academically and intellectually challenged here; the teachers are almost guaranteed to be excellent, since they usually accept less money and must pass the bar for teaching at the school. The programs offered (not just academic, but also music and art) are also impressive for the school's size. However - partially due to the tuition (and resulting student body mix) and partially due to the school's encouraged culture - the social world at PCDS is anything but a slice of the 'normal world'. A sense of entitlement permeates the student body and there is no conscious effort on the school's behalf to address that (not that it would make any difference). Obviously, all parents want the best for their child; just make sure that you are comfortable with this culture for him or her.

- submitted by a parent
no rating February 05, 2008
The quality of the education is great; however I would expect nothing less for the price we pay.

- submitted by a parent
December 26, 2007
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- submitted by a student
October 22, 2007
By far the toughest curriculum around. Kids are chosen to go here by test scores, etc. You do not 'pick' to go here. Very expensive, bar is set very high and parents are equally high maintenance. Not for every kid or family.

- submitted by a teacher
January 18, 2007
I am a former school teacher with a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction and have ten years of elementary teaching experience. I couldn't be happier with Phoenix Country Day! My children have attended PK-2nd and have absolutely thrived academically, socially, and emotionally. The teachers, staff and facilities are amazing. My children love it so much that they have asked to go to school on Saturdays. That says a lot for how happy they are! Take it from an educator, if you are considering schools, please take the time to visit the campus.

- submitted by a parent
July 17, 2006
The lower school student attrition is mystifying. The curriculum is decent, but the execution poor. Prepare yourself for an expensive disappointment. Parent involvement is based on social standing and available funds.

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May 29, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2006
PCDS is not what they sell it to be, a challenging , academic, college prepratory environment. Instead, it is a rich kids school in a very affluent part of Phoenix.It is a very lock-step, unindividualized program and the parents are incredibly competitive. Lots of very snooty parents. If you want your child to perceive him or herself as a 'big fish in a small pond', this is the place to go. They do have a great chess program, however.

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January 25, 2006
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November 03, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
Phoenix Country Day offers an incredible academic program encorporated with strong life skills and a nurturing environment. Small classroom sizes and the use of individual intranet laptops are one of many contributing factors to strong academic success. Teacher and parental involvement is key and the overall communication is wonderful.

- submitted by a parent
July 29, 2005
This is a small school with a huge focus on academic performance and life learning skills. Perhaps not the best school for the highschooler who is very involved in sports.

- submitted by a parent
July 06, 2005
Highest quality academic programs with administration and faculty who really care about their students. Parents are deeply involved and the school offers a wide range of academic, artistic, and athletic extracurricular activities. The physical plant is extraordinary and they are rebuilding the Lower School to match the Middle and Upper Schools. Excellent--have done much for my daughter.

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June 20, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
March 13, 2005
Simply the best school in Arizona. Excellent teachers, especially in middle school and high-school. Small class sizes - less than 15 students in middle school. Good sports program and great extra curricular activities. Beautiful state of the art campus. This school cannot be beat.

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February 26, 2005
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February 24, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
July 11, 2004
PCDS is a small school with probably the best academic program in the state. Classes average about fifteen students, 100% college-bound. About half of the 2003 and 2004 Senior classes were National Merit Semifinalists. There are also good arts and athletic programs.

- submitted by a student
June 13, 2004
We have been very pleased with PCDS. The teachers and head of the lower school know the children. They not only teach academics, but also character development and teamwork. Many of the teachers have been there for years, and show enthusiasm and great skill for what they do. My child is learning concepts in math and reading that I didn't do until I was much older. As a first grader, she also goes to science, music, art, PE, and Spanish. We are very pleased about our experience thus far.

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June 11, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
April 25, 2004
I was very impressed by the exceptional academic program offered at PCDS as as well as the outstanding behavior and attitude of the students.

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February 19, 2004
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- submitted by a parent
August 31, 2003
I am a current freshman in my sixth year at PCDS. I considered going to another high school, but then realized that I couldn't envision myself anywhere else! The workload is outragious but the quality of instruction, beautiful campus, small classes, and great faculty make it worth it.

- submitted by a community member
August 26, 2003
Very high scholastic environment with excellent leadership. Parents are involved and imput is valued. Chiidren seem very supportive of each other.

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Phoenix Country Day School
3901 East Stanford Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ  85253
(602) 955-8200
Last modified Phoenix Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Phoenix Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 55 reviews.