Head of School Welcome

Dear Visitors,

Welcome to Seattle Country Day School (SCDS). Our K-8 program exists to serve the learning and emotional needs of gifted children in Seattle and its surrounding communities. Since 1964, we have guided and challenged a group of students whose needs are not always met in the prototypical classroom.

Our inquiry-based instructional program encourages creative problem solving, requires the application of knowledge, and places high value on the generation of new ideas. Applying skills, intellect, and ideas in new and advanced ways differentiates us from most schools, where highly capable students are often assigned more “seatwork" in an effort to address their learning needs. Our talented and highly knowledgeable faculty believe in depth over breadth, prioritize project-based learning, and provide our students with the time, tools, and attention they need to explore ideas, make mistakes, and try again. We feed our students’ curiosity, nurture their sense of wonder, and help them to develop habits of the mind necessary for academic and personal success.

We believe it is essential to attend to the social and emotional needs of our students. Our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) program strengthens students’ resilience, self-knowledge, empathy, and ability to collaborate. At SCDS, we support and guide students on their journey from kindergarten into high school, ensuring each child is seen, known for their genuine self, and recognized for their potential to positively impact our world. SCDS students have a true sense of belonging; they know they "fit in" and are understood here.  

Graduates of our program are welcome additions to high school communities, not only because of their extraordinary intellect and academic preparation, but because of their strength of character and variety of interests. Upon graduation, they enter the top high schools in Seattle and surrounding communities, prepared for the next leg of their journey.

If you are the parent of a gifted child, or believe your child might be gifted, I encourage you to contact us. We would be happy to speak with you and explore if SCDS would be a good fit for your family.

Kimberly A. Zaidberg
Head of School