“Just by virtue of their competence and energy, the students here set the bar. And they help set it higher for one another.” —An SCDS teacher
You can’t generalize about Seattle Country Day students, and we wouldn’t want to. Their individuality is part of what makes them such a pleasure to know and teach. Still, over the years, we’ve noticed common traits among students who do well here.
They are energetic. Students here are ready to dive in when the day begins, and are often sorry to see it end. They’re motivated. As one of our teachers notes, “We don’t have to nudge them to do their work.”
They are intensely curious. They want to know how things work. They are fascinated by “why?” They wonder deeply and intently.
They love a challenge. They demand much of themselves and, at times, of those close to them. They often dive deep into a subject and amass remarkably rich and masterful knowledge about the ideas, places, and things that engage them.
They are passionate. Our students tend to be fun-loving and witty, yet approach learning with intensity. Self-directed and inventive, they tend to crave depth and complexity in their studies, and they seek to be creators of new ideas. Some may need to work at an accelerated level in some subjects. But what ultimately sets SCDS students apart from other children is not the speed of their learning as much as the originality of their thinking, the incisiveness of their questions, and the sophistication of the connections they make between ideas.
They are diverse. Our students come from a range of cultural, racial, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Our school seeks diversity of all kinds.