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.
At the beginning of the 2018-19 school year, our student population was 353: 137 students in the Lower School (Grades K-3), 93 students in the Intermediate School (Grades 4-5), and 123 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.
Our curriculum is neither an end in itself—a collection of subjects for students to speed through as fast as we can move them—nor is it about letter grades. Rather, it's a framework in which students do what we consider to be the real work of learning: exploring ideas, grappling with challenges, and, through experience, constructing their understanding of themselves and the world. All through the learning process, our evaluation of student progress is thorough and ongoing. While emphasis and courses vary according to grade level, all Seattle Country Day students study a rich core of subjects, including reading and writing, math, science, art, music, computer technology, and Spanish.
SCDS Wildcats play organized athletics at all grade levels. Students participate in leagues with offerings in soccer, cross-country, basketball, volleyball, Ultimate, 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: $26,716
Grades 4-5: $29,311
Grades 6-8: $31,258
13% of our students receive financial aid with grants ranging from $4,000 to $24K. 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. Read more.
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.
The Class of 2018 is attending the following high schools:
Ballard High School
Cascades Academy (Bend, OR)
Eastside Preparatory School
Holy Names Academy
Redmond High School
Roosevelt High School
Seattle Academy of Arts & Sciences
Seattle Preparatory School
The Bush School
The Downtown School
The Northwest School
University Preparatory Academy