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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B+
Phoenix Country Day School is a top rated, private school located in Paradise Valley, AZ. It has 750 students in grades PK, K-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 7 to 1. Tuition is $25,000 for the highest grade offered. After graduation, 100% of students from this school go on to attend a 4-year college.
Address
3901 E. Stanford Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253
Telephone
(602) 955-8200
Website

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$25,000
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Received Financial Aid
23%
Average Financial Aid
$13,000

Phoenix Country Day School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1370
69 responses
Average ACT
31
37 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
80%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.10 responses
Poll
30%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.10 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 173 responses
Report
  • Blue and Gold Day and International Food Festival
    26%
  • Blue and Gold Day and Arts Walk
    25%
  • Graduation
    12%
  • Sports games
    10%
  • The opening ceremonies/parties for all of our new
    9%
  • Holiday Luncheon for the teachers
    7%
  • Bridge the Gap
    4%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
750
93%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.14 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.14 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.14 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
7:1
National
17:1
Poll
87%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.71 responses
Poll
92%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.71 responses
Poll
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.71 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
High
71%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.7 responses
29%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.7 responses
Living in the Area
A
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    C-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    C
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$175,673
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,789
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,406,700
National
$184,700
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Phoenix Country Day School Reviews

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As a parent of a Lower School child, I am frustrated and mystified as to the role of the "Learning Specialist." Apparently, she teaches the children how to breathe (my child calls her the "Breathing Lady" )as they follow along to a pre-recorded script. I understand the importance of mindfulness, but can't the classroom teacher do this? I would think that children would be better served by someone with a degree in Special Ed, which she does not have, receiving small group instruction in areas where they are struggling. I have spoken with my child's teacher and have gotten the impression that the role of the Learning Specialist is highly ineffective. For the tuition costs of PCDS, I would expect exceptional learning practices. Clearly, money is being wasted.

Between the lack of a talented Learning Specialist and a Head who is slowly sucking the joy out of the elementary school experience, I just don’t think the PCDS Lower School is worth the $22,000 in tuition.
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A truly unmatched academic experience. This school is not for the faint of heart, challenging academically, with high level of importance put on social awareness, community and building a well rounded individual. The teachers are exceptional, the curriculums are engaging and robust. All in all, if you can afford to send your child to this school, you will end up with an intelligent, well spoken, confident young adult with a strong foundation academically and socially.
The school takes safety very seriously - instead of hiring security guards, the school hires off-duty Phoenix police officers who serve as 24 hour security. The student health office is staffed by professionals who have just the right bedside manner for working at a school - they are great! There's an emergency response team made up of staff across the school and regular drills are performed to be sure everyone knows what to do in the event of emergencies. Also, the school has handled unforseen events really well, such as when there was a flash flood that caused school to get out early. The school doesn't feel like it's walled off like a prison, but the campus is protected and visitors are generally funneled through administrative offices. Things like bullying are handled very smoothly, with the help of very engaged division heads and counselors that are in every division.