Seattle Country Day School

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Seattle Country Day School
SCDS Logo.jpg
Seattle, Washington
United States
Type Private/Independent
Established 1964
Faculty 64
Grades K-8
Number of students 356
School color(s) Blue and Green
Mascot Wildcats
Religious Affiliation None

Seattle Country Day School (SCDS) is a private/independent kindergarten–grade 8 school in Seattle, Washington. Created for gifted children, the school was founded in 1962 by a small group of parents dedicated to seeking a unique educational program for their children. In 1964 the school was officially incorporated as Seattle Country Day School under the directorship of Lucile G. Beckman. SCDS's curriculum is inquiry-based and integrates social emotional learning[1] components into the core curriculum and advisory blocks. The school's campus is on the north side of the Queen Anne Hill neighborhood, near the Washington State Route 99 Aurora Bridge.[2]

Mission Statement[edit]

Inspiring gifted children to reach their potential through inquiry, curiosity, and wonder.

Membership and Accreditation[edit]

Seattle Country Day School is a member of the following organizations:[3]


Originally housed in St. Elizabeth's church basement in Burien and conceived as an educational alternative during the Sputnik era of the late 1950s, SCDS developed through two interim organizations, Adastra ("to the stars") and Phoenix ("rising from the ashes"), before becoming incorporated as Seattle Country Day School in 1964. For over 20 years, the leadership of its founding director, Lucile Beckman, guided the school. Following Heads of School include: Dr. Jayasri Ghosh 1986-2001, Chris Massi 2001-2003 and Michael Murphy 2004–present. In 1972, the school moved from its founding location to the old Forest Ridge Academy on north Capitol Hill, followed by a second move in 1974 to the Temple De Hirsch school building at 15th and Madison. In 1975 the present facilities on Queen Anne Hill were purchased.[4]


Seattle Country Day School's 356 students span kindergarten through eighth grade. Of the 64 faculty and administrative members, 10 have served the school for 20 years or more.[5] All Seattle Country Day School students study a core of subjects, including reading and writing, math, science, art, music, technology, and Spanish. Class sizes are 16 students on average. With an inquiry-based approach as a foundation, teachers draw ideas from varied sources, including texts, current research in their field, popular art and media, and more.[6]


Athletics are an integral part of the SCDS school program, with the purpose of providing educational experiences beyond the classroom curriculum.[7] During the winter all student participate in Winterim—a, a 30-year tradition that spans six consecutive Fridays in January and February where students, faculty, and often parents hit the slopes or the ice rink. Students engage in Nordic instruction at Snoqualmie Pass, alpine skiing at Crystal Mountain, and a hybrid skating and service learning program in Seattle.[8]

The Seattle Country Day School Athletic Department offers a variety of after-school athletic opportunities throughout the school year. Soccer, cross country, tennis and basketball take place in the fall while volleyball, track & field and Ultimate take place in the spring. Students in grades K-5 participate in the Catholic Youth Organization CYO. Middle School students compete in the Cascade Middle School League (CMSL), and Disc NW Youth Ultimate League.

Extracurricular Activities[edit]

Seattle Country Day School students participate in a variety of after school and extracurricular activities including but not limited to: chess club, computer programming, Destination Imagination, sewing, yoga, and drama.[9] Of note, SCDS students were 2014 National K-3 U800 Chess Champions. Other notable mentions include a first-place team finish in the 2014 PAC-NW Debate League, and a 3rd place student individual finish at the U.S.A. Archery Indoor National Championships in 2014.

Notable Alumni[edit]

Published Works[edit]

Seattle Country Day School is proud to showcase the following faculty, staff, and alumni authors.

Current and Former SCDS Faculty and Staff:

  • Brian Crawford, The Weaver's Scar: For Our Rwanda
  • Mark Holtzen, The Pig War The Pig War A Ticket to the Pennat
  • Meredith B Olson, Willis's' Windowslat, What's the Issaquah Delta Doing Up There?
  • Quinn Thomsen & Megan Hosch-Schmitt, I Hate the Times Table!
  • J.W. Yanowitz, Guns for Judea

SCDS Alumni:

  • Kurt Timmermeister '75, Growing a Feast and Growing a Farmer
  • Cindy Safronoff '83, Crossing Swords
  • K Thor Jensen '90, Cloud Stories
  • Lauren Selig '90, Little Lala


  1. ^ Seattle Country Day School Social Emotional Learning Retrieved 27 March 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Seattle Country Day School at a Glance". Retrieved 2014-05-18. 
  3. ^ Seattle Country Day School Membership and Accreditation Retrieved 2015-03-27.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  4. ^ Seattle Country Day School Alumni History Book,, 1964–1989 
  5. ^ "Kinetics: Creating Legacies" (PDF). Spring 2014. Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  6. ^ "Seattle Country Day School Curriculum Overview". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  7. ^ "Seattle Country Day School Athletics". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  8. ^ "Seattle Country Day School Winterim". Retrieved 2015-03-27. 
  9. ^ Seattle Country Day School Extra Curriculars. Seattle Country Day School Retrieved 2015-03-27.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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Coordinates: 47°38′37″N 122°21′02″W / 47.64361°N 122.35056°W / 47.64361; -122.35056