At a Glance
SCDS was founded in 1964. Our 2.4 acre campus is located in a residential neighborhood on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill, in Seattle, Washington.
Michael G. Murphy
At the beginning of the 2016-17 school year, our student population was 362: 142 students in the Lower School (Grades K-3), 94 students in the Intermediate School (Grades 4-5), and 126 students in the Middle School (Grades 6-8).
Approximately 20% of our students are people of color. We consider cultural, racial, religious, and socioeconomic diversity to be an important part of our community. 68% of our students reside in Seattle, and the remainder of our students come from the Greater Puget Sound area including the Eastside, Bainbridge Island, and areas north and south of Seattle.
The average class size is 16 students.
70% of our faculty hold either master or doctoral degrees.
In addition to our core curriculum, all students K-8 take classes in art, music, technology, Spanish, physical education, library, and life skills.
SCDS Wildcats play organized athletics at all grade levels. Students participate in leagues with offerings in soccer, cross-country, basketball, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee, and tennis.
We offer free "Early Birds" before-school care from 7:30 a.m. until the start of school, and "Extended Day" a fee-based hourly drop-in program from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m.
Grades K-3: $24,700
Grades 4-5: $27,100
Grades 6-8: $28,900
13% of our students receive financial aid with grants ranging from $4,000 to $24,000. Tuition assistance is based on demonstrated need.
AdvancED, Educational Records Bureau (ERB), National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS), Washington Association of Educators of Gifted & Talented (WAETAG), Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS), and Washington Green Schools.
SCDS actively seeks to increase the breadth of our entire community: the gifted children at the center of a dynamic learning process, their families, as well as the school’s faculty, staff, and Board of Trustees. We aspire to include a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives; to foster an understanding and acceptance of differences; and to cultivate diverse thinking critical for creative problem solving.
SCDS does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, national or ethnic origin, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability in administration of educational policies, admission, financial aid, or any other school-administered programs.
Our logo, derived from the Fibonacci Sequence, is not only found in math, but in science, nature, and art. It reflects the interdisciplinary way students learn at SCDS, and the powerful connections they make across subject areas. The curve of the line also implies motion, which speaks to the active, fluid, and idea-generating atmosphere of our classrooms.