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General Information


The Scottsdale Unified School District has 30 schools serving about 24,000 students. More than 3,000 persons are employed by the district, including about 1,550 teachers.

The district celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1996. Its boundaries include most, but not all, of the city of Scottsdale, almost all of the town of Paradise Valley, a section of the city of Phoenix and a section of the city of Tempe. 

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Why choose SUSD?
We have special programs for gifted students, an International Baccalaureate program and offerings, such as band and strings for children as young as the fourth grade, that aren’t available in most other districts.

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The Scottsdale Unified School District was founded in 1896 by Major Winfield Scott, also the founder of the city of Scottsdale. The first classes were taught by Aliza Bount, who, for health reasons, moved to Arizona from Illinois with her husband George and their three children. Classes were held in their adobe home, which was just south of what is now Civic Center Plaza and Second Street. Aliza Bount was paid $40 a month to teach the eight to 10 students from the seven families who resided in Scottsdale at that time.

The District's first bond election was held May 1, 1909, with 13 citizens voting "yes" and zero citizens voting "no." The amount of the bond, $5,000, was used to build our first school, now known as the "Little Red Schoolhouse." This building, also known at the time as Coronado School, is a historic site on Scottsdale Mall and now the home of the Scottsdale Historical Society.

Today, the District covers 112 square miles. Our boundaries are not coterminous with city of Scottsdale boundaries. We serve most of the town of Paradise Valley and parts of Tempe and Phoenix in addition to most of Scottsdale. The District has about 25,668 students and 1,551 teachers. We have five comprehensive high schools, one online high school with Scottsdale Online Learning, six middle schools, three K-8 schools and 16 elementary schools.

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Celebrating the success stories of our students, teachers and staff since 1896.

right arrow4.PNG The Class of 2016 earned $55.6M in scholarships.

right arrow4.PNG Three SUSD high schools have been recognized 22nd and ranked by Newsweek magazine. In 2014 Chaparral High School was ranked 22nd in the nation and in 2015 Desert Mountain and Arcadia High Schools were recognized as Top High Schools.

right arrow4.PNG Unique Program Offerings • International Baccalaureate (IB) • World & Critical Languages • Bio-Technology • Nursing • Robotics • Early College & Career Program • STEM and STEAM Programs (K-12) • AP Computer Science • Creative Musical Arts and Sciences • Hospitality/Tourism • SOL Online High School (NCAA Approved) • Culinary • Math and Science Academy • CTE Programs • Fashion

right arrow4.PNG SUSD is now ranked first in the state for the number of qualifying teacher candidates for National Board certification. We are ranked second in the state for the number of NBCT. SUSD currently has 88 National Board certified teachers (NBCT).

right arrow4.PNG Amy Uchacz, principal at Pima Rodel Elementary School, is one of the eight 2015 Rodel Foundation Exemplary Principals.

right arrow4.PNG In 2015-16, five SUSD students earned perfect scores on the ACT and two scored perfect SAT tests.

right arrow4.PNG 90 percent graduation rate; 92 percent of our graduates go to college.

right arrow4.PNG Bestschools.org named Cherokee Elementary School the13th best elementary school in the nation. Cherokee maintains the second highest accountability score of all traditional public schools in Arizona.

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