#1 Mesa School (Arizona Department of Education-2013)

#2 Arizona Elementary School (Schooldigger-2013)

#3 Arizona Middle School (Schooldigger-2013)

A New Name

SELF DEVELOPMENT CHARTER SCHOOL recently changed its name to SELF DEVELOPMENT ACADEMY. This new name was selected to better reflect the school’s dedication to excellence and the high-level of academic and personal development provided to its student body.Self Development Academy is an accelerated Charter School in Mesa, AZ which has been an Arizona Grade A School for every year it has been ranked.


About Self Development Academy

Self Development Academy (SDA) is a publicly funded, K-8 accelerated Mesa elementary and junior high charter school that has received Arizona’s “excelling” school ranking for six consecutive years. Teaching one grade level above Arizona standards, Self Development Academy is one of the top performing schools in Arizona and is also a leader when it comes to the amount of material students learn in a year.

Although there is no tuition cost to students, Self Development Academy charter school rivals top private schools in the country for its quality of education. The unique approach to education recognizes students’ individual learning styles and challenges them to reach their potential.

Self Development Academy complies with all state enrollment requirements, which means students enroll based on a first-come, first-served basis. Preference is given to students with siblings already enrolled in the program. SDA does not discriminate against race, gender, ethnicity, religion, language proficiency or disability. For more information on enrollment, click here.

SDA is a child-centered schoolthat challenges students to reach their potential. The school provides a unique and nurturing environment, including enrichment programs for the talented and intellectually curious students, a challenging curriculum, and dedicated teachers. Students are challenged and encouraged to succeed as they develop a sense of pride,respect for themselves and others, and acceptance of all students.


Our Mission

Our school's mission is to strive for excellence in education by helping develop lifelong learners. SDA is built on a clear vision: an emphasis on the basics along with recognition and accommodation of each child's individual strengths and learning style. Our unique approach to education focuses on the increasingly important integration of new, research-based knowledge with traditionally upheld views that have withstood the tests of time. Our program is distinguished because it synthesizes new ideas and concepts with those that have worked well in the past.


Our History

The founder of Self Development Academy charter school (SDA), Anjum Majeed, first started Self Development Preschool (SDP) in 1988 to provide children with an academically challenging environment supported by an engaging curriculum and dedicated staff. Parents wanted a similarly challenging environment for the children in kindergarten and beyond.

Consequently, SDA was founded by Ms. Majeed in 2000, adjacent to the preschool. Although SDA has grown from its modest beginning of 37 students, the growth process has been deliberate and thoughtful to preserve both academic and fiscal integrity. Today, the Charter School’s population exceeds 300 students. Many students who begin with the preschool continue at SDA through eighth grade, thus providing parents the assurance that their child receives a firm educational foundation.

Accelerated | SDA teaches one grade level above the Arizona standard... Testing | SDA's percentage of passing the Arizona State Standardized tests surpasses the Arizona average...

Curriculum | SDA provides a well-rounded curriculum with hands-on learning opportunities...

Physical Fitness | SDA's emphasis on physical fitness extends beyond the regular physical education program...


Pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, Self Development Charter School hereby states that all notices of the meetings of Self Development Charter School and any of its committees and subcommittees will be posted on the front door of the education building at 1721 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, AZ 85205 and on the Self Development Charter School website.  This location is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM.  Such notices will indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and will include an agenda or information concerning the manner in which the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting.

Self Development Charter School will hold a board meeting on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 7:30am. Click here for agenda.

The completed Annual Financial Report (AFR) for Self Development Charter School may be viewed on the Arizona Department of Education website. Click here.