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.
Extended Day is a fee-based, hourly drop-in program available from the end of the school day until 6:00 p.m. We also offer free before-school care, also known as "Early Birds," from 7:30 a.m. until the start of school.
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 2019 is attending the following high schools:
Eastside Preparatory School
Garfield High School
Holy Names Academy
Juanita High School
Mercer Island High School
North Creek High School
Redmond High School
Roosevelt High School
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences
The Bush School
The Downtown School
The Northwest School
The Overlake School
West Seattle High School
The Class of 2015 is attending the following colleges:
Digi Pen Institute of Technology
Harvey Mudd College
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
New York University
Texas Christian University
The New School
University of British Columbia
University of California - Los Angeles
University of California - Santa Barbara
University of Chicago
University of Illinois - Urbana Champaign
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
University of Washington