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Intellectual engagement.

Independence.

Collaboration.

Creativity.

Integrity.

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Portrait of a Graduate

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I am Phoenix Country Day.

I am part of a whole.

I seek out opportunities to understand the world outside of my experience.

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I know how to think.

I use what I know to learn what I don't yet know.

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I am inclined to action.

I solve problems with courage, ingenuity, resourcefulness, and dedication.

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Academics

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Academics

As the Valley's only Pre-K - 12 independent school, PCDS offers an unparalleled academic experience. From the joy of discovery, to the challenging application of complex concepts, PCDS students are uniquely prepared to face tomorrow's challenges today.

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Arts

Arts

Arts

Through visual, digital, and performing arts, PCDS students regularly explore their creative sides, think outside of the proverbial box, and grow in their own methods of self-expression. Every student, regardless of age or skill level, thrives when ideating, revising, and producing new and original works of art, music, or performance.

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Athletics

Athletics

The primary goal of PCDS athletics is to ensure that each child has the opportunity to grow as an athlete and human being— the values of teamwork, persistence, commitment, selflessness, humility, and self-confidence are critical to any great athletics program, and are the core of our PCDS athletic offerings.

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Innovation

Innovation

For over 60 years, PCDS has deftly balanced tradition with innovation. Through cutting-edge facilities and expert faculty, we support our students' growth to be able to face life's most pressing challenges, creating tomorrow's intellectual leaders today.

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Outcomes

Outcomes

Every PCDS senior class shakes a hand, shares a hug, or sometimes sheds a tear with the entire faculty on Daley Bridge during the procession prior to graduation.

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Philanthropy

Philanthropy

PCDS depends on the engagement of our community. From the Annual Fund, to Tax Credits, to capital campaigns, the support of PCDS families, alumni and faculty & staff strengthens the School as an educational leader now and for generations to come.

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Play

Play

Childhood is an experience to be cherished, not rushed. Laughter and play, curiosity and discovery, permeate every lesson, grade level, and experience that makes PCDS engaging and exciting for all students.

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About the Nest

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Community & Culture / Each individual is recognized, each voice is heard

38% Students who self-identify as people of color

$3.5M Total dollars provided for need-based financial support

24% Families receive need-based financial assistance from the School

10 Diversity coordinators representing the three divisions at the School

1 Full time Director of Community & Culture

Beyond the eagle's nest / class of 2023

73 Graduates

45 Different college destinations

125+ Colleges visit PCDS to recruit

65 Students offered merit scholarships

36:1 Student-to-college counselor ratio

Early Childhood / EXPLORE, PLAY, AND CONNECT WITH THE WORLD AROUND YOU

9:1 Student-to-teacher ratio in the Early Childhood program

20% Class of 2022 graduates who started their PCDS journey in Pre-k or Kindergarten

100% Teachers who love supporting the personal and academic development of children

60 Minutes dedicated to self-guided play and discovery each day

Eagles Team

Athletics / Participate, persist, and achieve

Awarded the AIA Don F. Stone Overall Excellence Award for the 2A Conference for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 school years

80% Middle School students on at least one team

75% Upper School students on at least one team

35% Upper School students on 2+ teams

Arts / Empathize, ideate, create, and inspire

5 Design labs

4 Visual art studios

4 Music performance rooms

2 Digital labs

1 Sound lab

1 Theater

PCDS At-a-Glance

Affordability

24% receive need-based financial aid grants at an average of $15,000

Year Founded

As a nonsectarian, nonprofit, college preparatory day school

Enrollment

In our co-ed student body, 38% identify as students of color

Faculty Degrees

85% of Upper School faculty hold advanced degrees

Student:Teacher

8 students average per 1 teacher

Class Size

15 students average per class

Transportation

Select Bus Routes

Available to Central Phoenix, Scottsdale, North Scottsdale, and Chandler

 

School Hours

7:50am - 3:00pm

Hot lunch included daily for Lower and Middle School, optional for Upper School

Campus Size

40 Acres

Athletic fields, aquatic center, gyms, auditorium, music spaces, and science, art & tech center.