Scottsdale Unified School District

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Scottsdale Unified School District
Scottsdale Unified School District Logo.png
Scottsdale, surrounding areas
United States
District information
GradesPre K-12
SuperintendentDr. Scott A. Menzel
Other information

The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is a school district with its headquarters in Phoenix, Arizona.[1] The 112-square-mile (290 km2) district serves most of Scottsdale, most of Paradise Valley, a portion of Phoenix, and a portion of Tempe.[2]

Its 22 schools earning the state's highest rating, Excelling. All SUSD schools are rated as Performing, Performing Plus, Highly Performing or Excelling by the Arizona Department of Education. In 2011, SUSD was "moving toward making Algebra I available to all eighth-graders".[3]


The Scottsdale Unified School District was founded in 1896 by Mayor Winfield Scott, also the founder of the city of Scottsdale. The first classes were taught by Alza Blount, 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. Alza Blount was paid $40 a month to teach the 8-10 students from the seven families who resided in Scottsdale at that time.[4]

The district's first bond election was held May 1, 1909,[5] with all 13 citizens voting "yes". The amount of the bond, $5,000, was used to build the district's 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 (290 km2), including some areas not part of the City of Scottsdale itself; specifically, the district includes most of the town of Paradise Valley and parts of Tempe and Phoenix in addition to most of Scottsdale. The district has about 27,000 students and approximately 1,800 certified and 1,000 classified employees; five comprehensive high schools, six middle schools, three K-8 schools, sixteen elementary schools, and one alternative school.[6]

Elementary Schools [7][edit]

  • Anasazi Elementary School
  • Cherokee Elementary School
  • Cochise Elementary School
  • Desert Canyon Elementary School
  • Hohokam Elementary School
  • Hopi Elementary School
  • Pima Elementary School
  • Pueblo Elementary School
  • Redfield Elementary School (formerly Zuni elementary school until approx 2013)
  • Sequoya Elementary School
  • Tavan Elementary School
  • Yavapai Elementary School

K-8 Schools [7][edit]

  • Cheyenne Traditional School
  • Copper Ridge School
  • Echo Canyon School
  • Tonalea K-8 School

Middle Schools [7][edit]

  • Cocopah Middle School
  • Desert Canyon Middle School
  • Ingleside Middle School
  • Mountainside Middle School

High schools [7][edit]

The original Scottsdale High School operated from 1922 until 1983.


  1. ^ "Inicio." Scottsdale Unified School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2012. "3811 N. 44th Street Phoenix, AZ 85018"
  2. ^ "About Us Archived 2013-02-03 at the Wayback Machine." Scottsdale Unified School District. Retrieved on October 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Arizona Republic, page B2 (December 27, 2011)
  4. ^ "About". Retrieved 2019-01-01.
  5. ^ SUSD - History
  6. ^ About SUSD
  7. ^ a b c d "Schools". Retrieved 2019-01-01.

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