Seattle Country Day School started as a simple idea: a small group of parents were determined to find an educational program attuned to the needs of gifted children. Six classrooms convened in 1964 in a church basement in Burien with old desks and dog-eared books. Today, our 2.4 acre campus is located in a residential neighborhood on the north slope of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, Washington.
Over 75% of our teachers hold a master's degree or higher. All of our faculty focus on intellectual and character growth, attending to the social, emotional, and ethical needs of sensitive and capable students.
Our curriculum is neither an end in itself—a collection of subjects for students to speed through as fast as they can—nor is it about letter grades. Rather, it's a framework in which students explore ideas, grapple with challenges, and, through experience, construct an understanding of themselves and the world. Emphasis is placed on enrichment designed to broaden conceptual understanding, rather than acceleration. Inquiry-based learning permeates the educational program. Teachers start with the supposition that questions are often as important as answers, and believe the process of peeling away layers to find meaning, rather than supplying facts to be memorized, stimulates both the intellect and the imagination. Students are encouraged to seek answers for their own by using multiple paths and asking class-generated questions. While emphasis and courses vary according to grade level, all students study a rich core of subjects, including reading and writing, math, science, art, music, technology, and foreign languages.
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 students represent 43 different zip codes around Seattle. 44% of our students self-identify as students of color, including African American, Latinx, Pacific Islander, Asian American, African, Multiracial American, Middle Eastern American, and Native American. 13% of students receive financial aid for tuition and extracurricular or co-curricular activities, including trips, Winterim, athletics, and after-school activities. Our program also serves students with many different learning profiles, strengths, and areas of growth.
The School shall not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, creed, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national or ethnic origin, disability or other legally protected status in the administration of its hiring policies, employment practices, educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid and loan programs or athletic, extra-curricular or 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.
The Class of 2020 is attending the following high schools:
Bainbridge High School
Bishop Blanchet High School
Choate Rosemary Hall
Eastside Preparatory School
Holy Names Academy
Nathan Hale High School
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS)
Seattle Preparatory School
The Bush School
The Downtown School
The Northwest School
The Class of 2016 is attending the following colleges:
Bryn Mawr College
California Institute of Technology
California Polytechnic State University
Colorado School of Mines
Colorado State University
Harvey Mudd College
New York University
Santa Clara University
Texas Tech University
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of California, Los Angeles
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Washington
University of British Columbia
University of California – Berkeley
University of Hawaii
University of Montana – Bozeman
University of Southern California
University of Washington
University of Wisconsin
Washington State University
Washington University, St. Louis
Western Washington University