This school opened in Fall 2012 and looked like an inexpensive private school with a Scottsdale address. Young children, 3 through 7 years, might do well in the small classes. However, the administration wasn t very professional, and they did not seem to really understand good middle school/junior high (4th-8th grades) education where more learning needs to take place. There was almost no support for the students, no library, no resources for advanced students, and only a few old computers in the classrooms. No Junior Honor Society, no academic clubs, no connections to the larger school district, no sports program. No help for struggling students except for what the teacher did on her own. The grades were 1st/2nd together, no 3rd grade, 4th/5th and 6th-8th, but not all the teachers seemed trained for multiple level classrooms. The students sometimes worked at the level below their grade. If you have high expectations for your child, or if you want your child to move to an academically centered high school, this is not the place for you.
I am so thrilled to have found this school! I have been to two other schools and were not impressed. This school is owned by a husband and wife team who are worldly, bright, kind, warm and professional. The teachers in my son's Pre-K are amazing. This school has found the perfect balance of fun and learning. My son is so happy there - and is writing, drawing, exercising, Signing - wow! All the kids in his class are so warm, delightful, positive, bright and kind to everyone. I am also impressed that they are able to provide such small class sizes for the cost. It is very affordable especially for what you get! Don't be confused by the location (it is located on the grounds of a Jewish Temple). This is NOT a religious school. They just rent space from the Temple! I am so happy to have found such a wonderful place for my child. We are both happy! I feel like I hit the lottery!
I am very excited about the next year at SCDS. My son was transitioning last year from a very difficult environment and the staff at SCDS did an excellent job encouraging him and making him feel comfortable at school. The environment was very nurturing and we are extremely excited about all of the new curriculum being added!
My grandchild attends this school and our entire family are very pleased with the progress she has made. The headmaster and faculty are extremely considerate of each student's needs and are nurturing and caring. The curriculum is stimulating, challenging and even has added bonus classes of mandarin, spanish, music and art. It is very comforting to see how well my grandchild has thrived in this school.
We are excited to be part of this school. The small class size is a plus allowing each child to have a chance to succeed. In addition, the staff and teachers work hard to provide a quality education experience for each child.
The principal has great leadership qualities and shows great empathy and compassion toward students of all ages. The teachers are qualified and caring. The small class size is a benefit, and the school provides wonderful opportunities for parents to get involved with their children's education.
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