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.
Approximately 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.
SCDS is an accredited member of the Northwest Association of Independent Schools (NWAIS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS). The school is also a member of the Washington Association of Educators of Gifted & Talented (WAETAG) and the Washington Federation of Independent Schools (WFIS).
Fifty-five percent of our students self-identify as students of color, and approximately 13% of our students receive financial aid. Our program also serves students with many different learning profiles, strengths, and areas of growth. In addition, SCDS students come from 46 different ZIP codes in the greater Seattle area.
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 2022 is attending the following high schools.
Bishop Blanchet High School
The Bush School
Choate Rosemary Hall
The Downtown School
Eastside Preparatory School
Holy Names Academy
Lake Washington High School
Mercer Island High School
The Northwest School
The Overlake School
Phillips Academy Andover
Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences (SAAS)
Seattle Preparatory School
Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Waldorf School
The Class of 2018 is attending the following colleges.
California Polytechnic State University
Case Western Reserve University
Harvey Mudd College
Loyola Marymount University
Loyola University Chicago
Rhode Island School of Design
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
Trinity College Dublin
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Diego
University of California, Santa Cruz
The University of Chicago
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Michigan
University of Oregon
University of Vermont