It is an honor and such a joy to be a teacher at Scottsdale Country Day School! Some reasons why I love my job are the thoughtful, kind students; the supportive, involved families; the friendly and collaborative staff and colleagues; and the small class sizes that allow me to cater to the strengths and needs of each student. The school culture embraces each student and celebrates their uniqueness, fostering a positive learning community.
SCDS is an amazing school!! The small class sizes (max. 20) allow me to give my students the individualized attention they deserve. The teachers and staff are highly qualified. The atmosphere is warm and engaging, and everyone here wants each and every student to reach their full potential. I am thankful that I can be part of this wonderful learning environment.
Two key strengths that attaracted us to Scottsdale Country Day School are the smaller class size and the higher challenging curriculum. The class size is limited to 20. With this the kids get more attention, guidance, and more effective learning. Also as a result, the teachers can then teach more advanced lessons effectively increasing the standard of the curriculum. Teachers and staff are very knowledgable, friendly, approachable, and basically awesome. The school administration & record keeping needs a little improvement, but they are taking the right steps in that direction. We love the school and would highly recommend it.
We have 3 children at SCDS and couldn't be happier! It is a small school with only 1 class per grade level but we like this. The teachers are amazing and really care about the children they teach. Our children have even cried when they have been unable to go to school due to sickness! As a parent, that speaks volumes. The maximum class size of 20 is almost unbelievable when our local public school has 30-37 students in a class. Like anything in life, things are not always perfect but we have felt comfortable speaking to the teachers and admin when questions or issues have arisen and they dealt with them accordingly. Thank you to all at SCDS for making our children happy and excited about school!
As a teacher and a parent of a PK student, I appreciate the small classroom size and the strong feeling of community at SCDS. The parent participation is incredible and enhances the overall commitment to teaching and learning at this school.
We joined SCDS mid-year after several years at a top-rated Scottsdale Public School. Why we love it: 1) Small class sizes ensure that each child works to his/her own individual level and gets personal attention. 2) Teachers are AWESOME: invested and caring, but still firm. 3) The staff/teachers demand a certain level of behavior from the kids, and the school is small enough that behavior expectations are enforceable. Meanness is simply not acceptable here, and poor behavior is dealt with swiftly, privately and appropriately. 4) Homework is not busywork....the assignments actually make my kids think creatively, so they're more engaged. 5) My kids love it....from the iPad lab to special projects to working on the talent show in music class, everything they do during the school day is purposeful and directed at active learning, and it shows in the kids and their enthusiasm for school. What could improve: Would love to see a more actively involved parent community and a more organized PTO, and I know the school is working on that currently. Overall, we have been tremendously happy here. At SCDS, school is not a grind...what a change to have kids who are excited to go to school!
We came to this school in hopes of a better education and safer environment. I can honestly say we found it at SCDS. The staff cares and they show it. The teachers are truly involved in the children's lives and it is amazing. We love SCDS and we look forward to many yeas r s to come.
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.
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