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.
Our school's first director, Lucile Beckman, worked tirelessly over her 21-year career to create an environment where gifted children could be guided and challenged by teachers who understood them and encouraged a love of discovery.
The grassroots movement took hold. In 1975, the school found its permanent home on Seattle's Queen Anne Hill. For over 50 years, SCDS has served as the foundation where gifted children thrive. To relive the first 50 years of Seattle Country Day School, peruse our Memory Book!