What a huge disappointment - we were impressed by the school tour but once in the door, all of the promises seemed to be forgotten by the administration. Now looking through all of the great reviews, I wonder if these are real since most of the parents I speak with at the school are less than satisfied. I suggest you keep looking...
Academics are good here from what I've seen, as this is our first year at the school. However, be prepared for an unprofessional administration, people who establish policies as they go, which has upset and disrupted several families. As one parent aptly stated, look before you leap. Also ask a lot of questions and get any unclear policies in writing.
Second year at SCDS and remain completely in love with the administration, teachers, and afterschool and enrichment programs. Chinese and Spanish, soccer, dance, art music and amazing academics. Truly all encompassing for a child and balanced. Love this school and recommend it whole heartedly.
great school -everyone of the staff is very friendly and interested in each pupil. Rigorous academics.
After two disappointing years at a Scottsdale public elementary school, and a ton of research on other options in the area, we chose SCDS for our child. We talked with the administration, teachers and parents and everything we learned was very positive. Now our child has started his first year at SCDS and he is back to the happy child he used to be. We especially love that the school differentiates instruction as needed (which our child needs), maintains small class sizes, and focuses on etiquette (which you notice when you meet the other kids at the school). After his first week at his new school, our child said, "This school could change my life. I love it." It already has. We have our happy sweet boy back again and we couldn't be happier.
Our second at SCDS after we moved them from public school. They are thriving and learning more than I could have imagined!! Please check out this school.....it is a gem.
We are new to the school - my daughter is in the Pre-K program. It is early in the year but so far so good! The kids are safe, doors are locked, and signed in and out. There is music, language and arts and recess/play time. The class sizes are small and you have a chance to get to know the other students and parents. It is a true community of people that care about the education of their kids. The staff has been wonderful and caring. I just know that this is the right place for my daughter and look forward to enjoying many years here.
We are new to SCDS this year - its first year as a charter school. I have a child in 3rd Grade and Miss Miller is outstanding. She is kind and clear with her instruction and my son is very comfortable. The small class size is a tremendous benefit and allows teachers to truly give individualized attention to each child. The school is very much a family centered school. Mr. Steve and Miss Kathy obviously care deeply for the school. It speaks volumes that their own children attend SCDS. My daughter is in the SCDS Pre-K program and loves it! After researching a ton of preschools, I decided on this one because of all the added benefits like Mandarin, Spanish, P.E., and Art. Miss Sudha and Miss Lauren make learning fun!
We are going into our 4th year at SCDS and here are some reasons why. Our son floundered academically at his local public school and by 2nd grade we were really worried for him. He was losing confidence in himself and described himself on a homework assignment as being "slow" and "lazy" (not words we used at home ever). So by 3rd grade we changed schools, now SCDS. The class size went from 27 in 2nd grade to 18 in 3rd. While our son struggled with speech issues and with reading and writing, once in a smaller classroom and with so much support and encouragement, he slowly caught up. He smiles now before and after school. He is greeted everyday by the staff in the front office. He knows everyone at school and they know him. He feels he belongs somewhere now and isn't just showing up to watch everyone else...he is the one participating and contributing. He matters at SCDS. Every school isn't for every child nor a perfect fit for every child, but SCDS cares so much and we are so happy they are here for us, and in central Scottsdale.
With great teachers and administration, this charter school checks all of the boxes! Mandarin, Spanish, music, art, P.E., and etiquette compliment a rigorous academic program! Thank you SCDS for offering something needed and something different!
Scottsdale Country Day School has more than exceeded the standards necessary to prepare my child to attend and be accepted into a college preparatory high school and allow him to grow into a well-rounded child. This is our second year at this wonderful school, and my child has progressed academically and socially. Because of the smaller class size, the teachers willingly differentiate instruction. The language arts curriculum emphasizes grammar and composition and the writing process. Students receive the benefits from the cumulative practice of Saxon Math. In addition, children gain the added benefits of exposure to public speaking, Mandarin, piano, art, chess, and Cricket. The school actively promotes partnerships between teachers and parents and provides a warm and welcoming environment to all students and their families. We love SCDS!
To every parent out there stop searching day and night for a great school and please come and join our school. We have amazing, talented and highly educated teachers and staff here at SCDS. Where other schools are cutting programs daily, we are adding more programs. We currently offer music, art, PE, etiquette, Spanish, Mandarin, dance, and more. Parents and their children matter to us at SCDS. I am thankful and grateful for this school which allows me to do what I do best...TEACH your children.
I like going to SCDS because the teachers are nice. Playing on the I-Pads is cool and the other activities like P.E. are fun too.
Scottsdale Country Day has been a blessing for us. Our son is now thriving and enjoying school again. He was lost in the public school system. His classroom had over 30 students and he just wasn't fitting into the public school criteria. He now has 7 students in his class and gets the attention he needs when he has questions. Having a much smaller classroom allows for the students to work together with good supervision so that they all do well. The teachers and the staff really care about my sons education and always offer to help in any way possible. His teacher always offers him the encouragement he needs and makes my son feel like he can do accomplish anything he sets out to do. My sons teacher is always willing to work with him one on one when needed. The schools is well organized and provides a safe environment for learning. They always keep us well informed. This was the best decision we ever made regarding our sons education.
My Son joined SCDS this year for Kindergarten. We chose this school because of all the wonderful opportunities they have from Mandarin and Spanish to Art and Science class, PE and extra-curricular activities. Mrs. Paget is the Kindergarten teacher and is TRULY WONDERFUL. My son adores her as do my husband and I. Our son is thriving in this environment; warm hearts, great kids and small class sizes really encourage him and us to be open and excited about learning and advancing. We Love this School!
It is an absolute pleasure to be a part of the wonderful staff here at SCDS! Class sizes are small and allow for individualized attention, and a warm and nurturing environment encourage students to reach their full potential. It is a joy to see the students grow and learn, and to interact with their wonderful families on a daily basis.
We have two children that attend SCDS, one in 8th grade and one in the 6th grade. Not only does the school feel like family to me (us), but the school is safe, loving, and compassionate about making each student feel at home while learning as well. SCDS is an amazing quality school to find, and is unique to the area. The tuition is very reasonable, which allows different families be able to attend a private school at a manageable budget. The teachers and office staff are warm and each student is recognized each day. Weekly events are planned for SCDS families to grow together outside of school and make friendships that are quality for children. I am very pleased with SCDS and know in my heart our children are having the best experience academically and socially. Thank you SCDS!
Our two sons have been at this school since it began. This year, one is in third grade and the other in eighth grade. What I like about SCDS are the great teachers, high standard of care for the students, small classes, individual attention beyond just classwork, low tuition, and great kids and families to play with outside of school. Other schools have acted like we were lucky to be able to find a spot for our son there. SCDS has a completely different attitude. The office staff, principal, and teachers all tell me and act like they are lucky to have our children at their school.
We recently transfer from an A rated Excelling public school where our 3rd grader was bored waiting all day for a class of more than 30 to complete lessons as a whole. I must say SCDS has exceeded our expectations. Their small class size and professional staff affords them the ability to customize the curriculum to each child s needs. They have created an atmosphere where each child wants to participate and do their best. Our son loves going to SCDS. He is excited about school and wants to tell us everything he has learned when he gets home. It s amazing that after the 3 R s there s still time for foreign languages, music, etiquette, PE, and I-Pads. With the help of SCDS our son is turning into a confident, happy, healthy, and smart young man. What else could a parent ask for?
SCDS is an amazing school. The small class sizes, fun and caring environment, and common sense approach is something all schools should have. Students are truly taught on an individual level. The specials that are offered are exceptional.
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