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Seattle Country Day School

Private | K-8 | 334 students


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Posted March 31, 2008

This is a wonderful school and we feel privileged to have our son attend. The academics are incredible and for the first time ever, our son is challenged academically in school. Be aware that it's very difficult to gain admission to this school! Our son was a very strong applicant with excellent scores, a glowing teacher recommendation, and he performed brilliantly on his kindergarten visit day (enthusiastically participating in activities and showing off his 4th grade math skills), yet he ended up being wait-listed. Fortunately a place became available and he was accepted. This school admits roughly 20% of applicants. If you can get in, I'd say this is the best school in Seattle.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 24, 2008

The academics are awesome. However, the attitude of the school is that they do everything right, so if you have a problem - forget it. The academics still make the school worth it, but be prepared for extreme elitism with some of the staff and parents.
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Posted January 12, 2008

YAY SCDS! i came in 4th grade and was immediatly accepted into the community. The teachers are awesome, all of them are really interesting and want to get to know you. Homework is rigorous, and you learn to manage your time. im gunna be so sad to LEAVE.
—Submitted by a student

Posted September 10, 2007

This school is great! I have two boys that are now through college and an eighth grader, all of which attended SCDS. My daughter also spent time at Bush, but the academics at SCDS are better. The kids although a little nerdy are very bright, engaged and thoughtful. Their sports program is great with almost everyone engaged in some form of extracurricular activity (my daughter did four sports last year). My son's best friends are kids he met in kindergarten there.
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Posted April 26, 2006

I have 2 kids at SCDS. Targeted for 'children of high intellectual/creative promise.' Intelligence test required for entry, the kids are all very bright, but mostly not 'genius's'. We are entirely happy with the school, our kids love to go and are very upset to miss even one class for any appointment. Academics are excellent. The teachers are masters, they love what they do, they make everything interesting. Excelling, and widely known for math, science, and technology, the art and literature is excellent too. The parent community is friendly and while somewhat diverse economically, all share appreciation and desire for excellence in their child's education. Racial diversity is minimal, but the school is making efforts in that area. For a school this size after school activities are very good, including sports, chess, music, sewing, drama. Community Service during school. 6-8 graders are still eager learners and positive role models.
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Posted January 30, 2006

SCDS has one major problem. It has a real problem with ethnic/cultural diversity. There is virtually no staff of color, little or no cirrculum sensivity and very little recognition of the issues facing students of color. The inquiry based teaching technique is excellant however, it can be a bit loose and can wander too much. Study skills and test taking skills could be improved.
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Posted January 10, 2006

My son attends SCDS and loves it. He visited other schools and chose this as his first choice. It is a school for gifted children but it provides more than advanced academics. The distinction this school provides is the type of teaching it provides. The classes are set up to allow children to deepen their knowledge of particular subjects with hands on exploration. Children are allowed to think through solutions of problems, and to use creative thought processes to do so. A full curriculum provides music, art as well as an advanced technology program unlike any other in the Seattle area. After school sports run fall, winter, spring. After school drama and math club. Before and after school care are on site. Parent invlolvement is very high. Auction and Crazy Carnival are two ways to be involved. Highly recommended!
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Posted November 22, 2004

i goes to this school, and i absolutely loves it there. the middle school math teacher inspires me.
—Submitted by a student

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 66% 60%
Two or more races 24% 6%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 7% 7%
Hispanic 3% 20%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 2%
Black 0% 5%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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2619 4th Avenue North
Seattle, WA 98109
Phone: (206) 691-2631


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