Campus News

PA Kicks-Off School Year

August 22, 2017

Many thanks to everyone who came out to the Parents’ Association Back-to-School Kick-Off today! We’re so grateful for the time and efforts of all PCDS families throughout the year!

Eclipse Break

August 21, 2017

Kids took a few moments away from Middle and Upper School Orientations this morning to check out the solar eclipse! We’re so excited for the first day of school tomorrow!

Shepard Welcome Center Construction Begins

August 18, 2017

Demolition of the PCDS administration building took place yesterday. The construction of the new Shepard Welcome Center will be ongoing throughout the fall and early 2018, with an impressive new space opening in the Spring! This is the final piece of the transformative THRIVE capital campaign that has already revitalized campus with the Dady Aquatic & Tennis Center, Najafi Gymnasium & Garvin Walk of Champions, and the Shin Center for Art, Science & Innovation. 

Check out the full video on our Facebook page!

Middle School Speech & Debate Wins National Title

June 27, 2017

This past weekend, the PCDS Middle and Upper School Speech & Debate Teams competed in the National Speech & Debate Association’s National Championship in Alabama. It was a tremendous success! A few highlights:

Middle School (Competing against over 1,000 students from around the country):
The Middle School Team was crowned NATIONAL CHAMPIONS for the second year in a row!
PCDS had 27 finalists and 5 National Champions (no other school has ever had more than 10 finalists in Nationals)!
Overall School of Excellence Award for Speech and Debate
George Nassar: National Champion in Storytelling
Victoria Moreno: National Champion in Duo Interpretation
Alexander Ashman: National Champion in Duo Interpretation
Ethan Lambert: National Champion in Prose Interpretation AND National Champion in Dramatic Interpretation
Middle School Speech & Debate National Coach of the Year for Mr. Ryan Joyce

Upper School (Competing against over 2,500 students from around the country):
School of Excellence Award in Speech
William Porter: Second in the country in Extemporaneous Speaking
Bella de Roos: Top-20 in Prose
Sophia Corridan: Top-25 in Expository
Sophia Casten: Top-30 in Informative Speaking
Ben Steiner: Top-40 in Impromptu Speaking
Rhea Tuli: Top-60 in Programmed Oral Interpretation
Olivia Najafi: Top-60 in Dramatic Interpretation

PCDS has cemented its place as one of the top Speech & Debate programs in the country! Congratulations to the students and coaches for these incredible successes!

PCDS Faculty Share Knowledge

June 26, 2017

Recently, the Pre-K and Kindergarten faculty hosted a training for early childhood educators from around the Valley, helping other teachers and learning specialists best understand Jolly Phonics and its benefits to early readers. We’re so proud to have experts in the educational field supporting our students!

Most Decorated Olympian of All Time on Campus

June 21, 2017

Pop Quiz: What do you get when you build the best facilities in the Southwest through the generous support of the THRIVE Campaign?

Answer: The most decorated Olympian of all time stops by for a swim in the Dady Aquatic & Tennis Center.

Here’s 23-time gold medalist Michael Phelps taking a moment with two PCDS Summer Programs counselors today!


PCDS Ranked #1 by

June 16, 2017

Phoenix Country Day School was recently ranked #1 Best Private High Schol for College Readiness in Arizona! Explore for grades, rankings, and reviews.

US Students Recognized in The New York Times Found Poetry Contest

June 15, 2017

This spring, all sophomores and students in the Upper School Art of Composition course submitted pieces to The New York Times Found Poetry Contest. And, out of thousands of submissions from students throughout the country, PCDS is proud to boast 13 students recognized for their writing in this contest! Congratulations to the following students and their teachers for their achievement!

Amelia D’Avanzo
Emma Sheridan (Emma was also recognized for her submission to The New York Times Editorial Contest, as well! Her piece, entitled “A Scoop in the Right Direction,” is available to read in full in the PCDS online student newspaper, The Quill.)

Alana Francis-Crow
Armando Nido

Honorable Mention:
Azin Askari

Olivia Zimmerman
Momo Siu
Ava Rossides
Max Lerner
Iris Druch
Payton Darago
Zoe Bienert
Wally Brown

Upper School Graduation 2017

June 13, 2017

A favorite tradition for our PCDS graduates, faculty and staff: Crossing Daley Bridge on graduation evening to shake the hand of, offer a few kind words to, or get a hug from the PCDS faculty and staff that have helped you on your journey. Here are a few members of the PCDS Class of 2017 experiencing these powerful moments that highlight why PCDS is so special— that important relationship between students and teachers.

More graduation photos can be viewed here. Congratulations, graduates and families!

Middle School Commencement

June 12, 2017

Last Wednesday, we celebrated the 8th Grade Commencement of the PCDS Class of 2021. Congratulations and Welcome to the Upper School! Click here for some photo highlights from the ceremony.

Congratulations Seniors

June 09, 2017

Congratulations to the PCDS Class of 2017 on a wonderful graduation celebration last night! Best of luck on your future endeavors, and always be sure to return to the Eagles’ nest when you’re in town.

We’ll post more photos and video of last night’s ceremony soon!

Countdown to Graduation

June 08, 2017

Getting ready to celebrate the PCDS Class of 2017 tonight! Graduation begins at 7:30 PM on Founders’ Lawn. Check out this video, which was shown at last night’s senior dinner, highlighting each of our amazing graduates!

Kindergarten Mud Mania

June 07, 2017

Yesterday, the PCDS Class of 2029 celebrated the end of the year with their traditional Kindergarten Mud Mania. Check out Ms. Gagner’s kind words to the class as they jump in the mud

PCDS Student Brings Home ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Award

June 05, 2017

This past Saturday evening, over twenty members of the PCDS cast of Disney’s The Little Mermaid performed 3-minute montage of highlights from our spring production at the ASU Gammage High School Musical Theatre Awards. We had a number of student performers nominated at the awards, and one winner, Iliana Rende, for Best Light Design! The full list of PCDS nominees is below. Congratulations to Mr. Burns and the PCDS cast of the show!

Best Female Lead: Amanda Slate
Best Male Lead: Harrison Rooney
Best Female Supporting: Olivia Najafi
Best Male Supporting: Ashcon Partovi
Best Vocalist: Amanda Slate
Best Stage Manager: Sally Tepper
Best Light Design: Iliana Rende (pictured winning the award)

Bright Futures Ahead for 2017 Graduates

June 01, 2017

One week from tonight, we celebrate the PCDS Class of 2017. Congratulations to this accomplished group of young men and women, ready to make an impact on the world beyond PCDS!

Congratulations Class of 2021

May 31, 2017

Congratulations to the PCDS Class of 2021 on their Middle School 8th Grade Commencement! Ceremonies will take place on Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. in the Najafi Gymnasium. We look forward to supporting their bright futures in the Upper School next year!

Shepard Welcome Center Groundbreaking Ceremony

May 30, 2017

Recently, PCDS hosted a dedication and groundbreaking for the new Shepard Welcome Center. This new space will house the Head of School, Admissions and Advancement Offices, and feature a Master Teachers Classroom and other collaborative workspaces. Demolition of the existing admin building will happen this summer, with the new space planned to open in the spring of 2018!

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