Phoenix Country Day School

3901 E. Stanford Dr.
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253-0850
     Tel: (602)955-8200
Grades: PK - 12 | 699 students
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Founded in 1961 on the principles of traditional independent education, Phoenix Country Day School, PK–12, emphasizes the development of the whole student and the acquisition of thinking skills and cooperative behaviors within the framework of an exceptional college-preparatory program.
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International Programs, community service requirements, and emphasis on global citizenship compliment academic, athletic and arts programs.  PCDS provides a small, safe environment for its students and an active parent association welcomes new families.

School Overview

Grades Offered Grades Prekindergarten - 12
Learning Programs Supported Yes
Year Founded 1961

Student Body

Total Students 699 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color 34%
State avg.: 32%
Students by Grade Phoenix Country Day School Students by Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 93 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree 65%
Average Class Size 15 students
Number of AP Courses 15 courses
List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses
Average SAT score 1997
Average ACT score 28
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual
(dress code applies)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline Feb. 8 / rolling
Tuition Notes $17,750 - 22,100. Almost $2 million in financial aid available.
% on Financial Aid 22%
Average Financial Aid Grant $14,100
Acceptance Rate 50%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director Kelsey Neal
Admissions Associate Sandy Orrick


Total Sports Offered 12 sports
Sports Baseball, Basketball, Cheering, Cross Country, Diving, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
CheeringCross Country,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric. 19 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric. Daybreaks- student magazine, Debate, Disney Club, Eagle's Nest- student sports magazine, International Club, Jr. Classical League (Latin), Mock Trial, P.R.I.S.M.- People Rising in Support of Multiculturalism, S.A.D.D- Students Against Destructive Decisions, Service and Awareness Club, The Phoenician- PCDS yearbook, The Radical- student mathematics publication, The Spanish Club, The Video Club, art club, pre med club, school newspaper, student senate, theater Debate, Disney Club, Mock Trial, The Video Club, art club, pre med club, student senate, theater, Daybreaks- student magazine,
Eagle's Nest- student sports magazine,
International Club,
Jr. Classical League (Latin),
P.R.I.S.M.- People Rising in Support of Multiculturalism,
S.A.D.D- Students Against Destructive Decisions,
Service and Awareness Club,
The Phoenician- PCDS yearbook,
The Radical- student mathematics publication,
The Spanish Club,
school newspaper,

Nearby Schools:

The nearest high school is Tesseract School (3.8 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Camelback Christian School (0 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Christ Church School (1 miles away)
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  • Paradise ValleyCamelback Christian School
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    Paradise ValleyAZ 85253
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    0 mi | 91 students | Gr. K                      
  • Paradise ValleyChrist Church School
    4015 E Lincoln Dr
    Paradise ValleyAZ 85253
    1 mi | 170 students | Gr. PK-1                      
  • Paradise ValleyDesert View Learning Center
    4027 E Lincoln Dr
    Paradise ValleyAZ 85253
    1 mi | 102 students | Gr. KG-4                      
  • PhoenixChrist Lutheran School
      (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    3901 E Indian School Rd
    PhoenixAZ 85018
      (Lutheran Church -- Missouri Synod)
    1.5 mi | 484 students | Gr. PK-8                      
  • Phoenix St Thomas The Apostle School
      (Roman Catholic)
    4510 N 24th St
    PhoenixAZ 85016
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    2.2 mi | 516 students | Gr. KG-8                      

School Reviews

7 months ago
I am a parent with a daughter in first grade and a son going to be joining pre K next year. PCDS is a rare school mostly because of it''s small size(less than 60 students per year) and top notch facilities. It has an indoor gym(priceless in scorching hot Arizona), 2 swimming pools, several sports fields, an auditorium complete with aerial props and lights and 4 tennis courts. All facilities are available for use from elementary school. There are few schools that have those kind of facilities available to elementary school students. But mainly why we''re here is the education. They have between 6 and 9 students out of a class of 60 going to Ivy League schools yearly. Apart from that they routinely have kids entering other top 20 colleges like Northwestern, U of Chicago, Rice, Duke amongst others. It needs belt tightening from our family because it is expensive, but if you can offer your kids a well rounded experience with great facilities throughout their school years as well as almost guarantee entrance into a good college at the end of their high school education I think it is worth the price.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
I truly enjoyed having two "lifers" attending PCDS from Pre-K through High School Graduation. Quality of the teachers , facilities second to none. Safe. Both students played sports, one in Jazz Band and one in art. Sports was a surprise with multiple accolades in state tournaments and plenty of playing time.
- Posted by Parent
1 year ago
As a former student, I cannot begin to describe how much I enjoyed my 10 years at PCDS. From the excellent, caring faculty and staff to the bright, talented student body, PCDS has so much to offer. I gained so much more than a diploma, I learned how to carry myself, how to interact effectively with those around me, and how to problem solve. These skills have proved to be far more valuable than anything else I could gained from a elementary and high school education. Yet that is not to say I didn''t receive a fabulous education. My class had 20 National Merit Semifinalists and had many students attend Ivy League Institutions and many other extremely competitive colleges and universities. Furthermore, my education at PCDS more than adequately prepared me for my college courses. I feel more capable and better equipped at my college than many of my well-qualified peers. PCDS has more success, fun, and opportunities than schools more than three times its size. Students can participate in multiple clubs, sports, and productions while still getting a first-class education. Yes, the school isn''t perfect, yes the curriculum and workload are challenging, but the experiences gained from attending PCDS far outweigh the problem areas. If you are looking for a school with a close-knit genuine community, varied and strong extracurricular activities from a championship basketball team to a talent-filled drama production, excellent and rigorous academics, teachers that truly care about their students'' success, and students who want to have fun as much as they want to succeed, Phoenix Country Day School is the place for you.
- Posted by Student/Alumni

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