Campus News

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!

Beloved Teacher Addresses Upper School Students

May 26, 2017

“School connects us to each other and to the history of ideas. Books allow us to explore these ideas more deeply. And, friendship and love connect us to those people with whom we can be our best selves. These lessons may seem obvious, but they form the foundation of my life.” Wise words from retiring Upper School English teacher Lance Coon as he caps his 35 years at PCDS during an address at this week’s Upper School Awards Day Ceremony.

PCDS Seniors and Their Kindergarten Buddies Celebrate Together

May 22, 2017

Today, seniors were surprised by their kindergarten buddies with special gifts before receiving their yearbooks! Then, everyone spent some time enjoying each other’s company, signing yearbooks, and wishing each other good luck for the future!

Math Club Competes at National Championships

May 22, 2017

This past weekend, the PCDS Math Club flew to Kansas City to compete in the Math League National Championships, and we were pretty successful! The results are as follows:

Caden Mikkelsen - 31st among freshmen, 117th overall
Kelly Culpepper - 16th among sophomores, 92nd overall
Sky Travis - 10th among sophomores, 66th overall
Nicholas Currault - 6th among seniors, 50th overall

As a team, we placed 15th overall but ranked 11th in the proof-based “power round.” Great work, everyone!


PCDS Class of 2017 Includes 6 NCAA Student-Athletes

May 18, 2017

At today’s Upper School Spring Sports Awards Ceremony, we highlighted the six members of the Class of 2017 that will continue their athletic pursuits at the NCAA level next year. Congratulations to the following stellar student-athletes (L-R):
Gillian Barfield (Basketball, Gonzaga)
Evan Pittman (Dive, Brown)
Emma Sheridan (Lacrosse, Pomona)
Sam Damore
(Swim, Colorado College)
Lara Gemar (Swim, Emory)
Julius Dodson (Squash, Williams)

Middle School Explores the Tech Side of Fidget Toys

May 15, 2017

Mr. Girod and some students tested the new Makerbot Replicator in the Middle School Library last week! These bearings were fully tested and approved by 7th grade. 5th and 6th grade will be working on custom shells this week!

5th Grade Magazine Party Marks Milestone

May 12, 2017

Today marked the TWENTIETH annual PCDS 5th Grade Magazine Party! For two decades, 5th Grade English Teacher Chris Eriksen has led students in this long term, interdisciplinary biography project. Amazing work by our students in this wonderful tradition!

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