School Begins August 4, 2020 with Remote Learning for All Students. School Distant Learning Plans are available.

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Student attendance will be taken utilizing a combination of three methods. The three methods are by attendance at scheduled live instructional sessions, completion and submission of assignments, as well as, a weekly submitted parent attestation form. Students must participate in the remote learning program if enrolled at Self Development Academy.

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Who We Are

Self Development Academy is recognized nationally as a top ranked K-8 charter school. With locations in Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, and Glendale, SDA provides a high-quality education to students throughout the Valley. Our charter schools offer an accelerated curriculum, tailored to the strengths of individual learners. In addition to our award-winning math and science programs, we offer stellar arts education and gifted programs to ensure that all students are challenged, inspired, and engaged.

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Our rigorous, accelerated curriculum exposes students to advanced concepts in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, music, philosophy, literature, and language. SDA’s curriculum is taught one grade level above standards set by the Arizona Department of Education. Some of the classes available to students at SDA charter schools in Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, and Glendale include:

  • Algebra II

    We offer high school level Algebra II to our 7th and 8th grade students.

  • Physics: High School Level

    By 8th grade, students complete one year of high school-level chemistry and physics.

  • Performance Arts

    Students have access to a wide range of performing arts options including dance, choir, percussion, violin, woodwinds.

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SDA is one of the most awarded and highly recognized charter schools in the country. Our success is the product of our unique approach to learning and education, and illustrates why SDA charter schools in Phoenix, Mesa, Gilbert, and Glendale are among the best elementary schools in Arizona.

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About Self Development Academy - Arizona's Best Charter Schools! Now In Phoenix, Central and East Mesa, & Glendale

Self Development Academy is among the state’s top elementary charter schools thanks to our unique, challenging, and captivating curriculum rooted in the philosophy that every child has a learning style that works best for them. We identify which learning styles resonate with each child so that students can learn more successfully. We use a rigorous International Cambridge curriculum model that challenges our students and prepares them for successful high school and college careers. Linking effort with achievement, trying new concepts, and appreciating abilities is the platform of our mastery learning approach.

The curriculum at our Mesa, East Mesa, and Glendale charter schools teach one grade-level above Arizona Department of Education standards, employing a combination of strategies to enhance and inspire lifelong learning. Self Development Academy's unique approach to education focuses on integrating new, research-based information with traditionally upheld views that have withstood the tests of time. 

Motivating Arizona's SDA Charter School Students

Passion, Care, and Expertise—these are the essentials of what made SDA’s rigorous academic successful.  Our classroom teachers make learning fun and achievable, motivating students to achieve their own lofty goals through a “master learning” approach. This approach to mastery encourages students to try new concepts, appreciate their abilities, and link effort with achievement.  What this means is that students not only simply learn material, but they can synthesize what they learned to explore, discover, and create. Traditional school curriculum is compartmentalized: students do math only during math time, poetry during language arts time; instead, we look at how these subjects are intertwined and the way that the mind understands them.  

We teach a grade higher than most Arizona schools, but our curriculum is much more than that.  We focus on instilling an ability to learn but also to think deeply and create wildly.  We teach quite a rigorous program because students deserve that. It is our duty to our students and our duty to society as well.  We hold our students to high expectations because we respect the infinite reservoir of ability in every child.

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Self Development Academy-Phoenix:Self Development Academy-MesaNotice of Public Meetings Pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy [Mesa] shall physically post notice of its governing board meetings, committee meetings, and subcommittee meetings on the bulletin board of the front office in its education building located at 1721 N. Greenfield Rd., Mesa, AZ 85205. Self Development Academy - Phoenix shall physically post notice of its governing board meetings, committee meetings, and subcommittee meetings on the bulletin board of the front office in its education building located at 1721 N, Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ. Self Development Scottsdale Academy shall physically post notice of its governing board meetings, committee meetings, and subcommittee meetings on the bulletin board of the front office in its education building located at 1721 N, Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ. Self Development Eastmark Academy shall physically post notice of its governing board meetings, committee meetings, and subcommittee meetings on the bulletin board of the front office in its education building located at 1721 N, Greenfield Road, Mesa, AZ. Additionally, Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy [Mesa], Self Development Academy – Phoenix, Self Development Scottsdale Academy, and Self Development Eastmark Academy shall additionally post notice on this website. Locations are open to the public Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. Such notices shall indicate the date, time, and place of the meeting and include an agenda or information on how the public may obtain an agenda for the meeting.

The next Self Development Academy - Phoenix board meeting is scheduled for June 19, 2020 at 2:45pm

Notice of Self Development Academy- Phoenix Public Hearing and board meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2020 at 2:45 pm

The next Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy - Mesa charter school board meeting is scheduled for June 19, 2020 at 1:30pm

Notice of Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy - Mesa Public Hearing and board meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2020 at 1:30pm

The next Self Development Eastmark Academy board meeting is scheduled for June 19, 2020 at 2:15pm

Notice of Self Development Eastmark Academy Public Hearing and board meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2020 at 2:15pm

The next Self Development Scottsdale Academy board meeting is scheduled for June 19, 2020 at 3:30pm

Notice of Self Development Scottsdale Academy Public Hearing and board meeting is scheduled for July 9, 2020 at 3:30pm

Pursuant to A.R.S. §15-183.C.5 valid fingerprint clearance card and resumes of current employees who provide instruction to pupils, and the notification to parents, in accordance with A.R.S. §15-183.F, will be available for view in the front office.

The current AFR for Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy-Mesa  can be viewed here.

The current AFR for Self Development Academy-Phoenix can be viewed here.

AVERAGE TEACHER SALARY (A.R.S. §15-189.05), as added by Laws 2018, Ch. 285, §3

Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy-Mesa

  1. Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2020 $50,863
  2. Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2019 $48,673
  3. Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2019 $2,190
  4. Percentage increase 4.5%

Self Development Academy-Phoenix                      

  1. Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2020 $48,162
  2. Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2019 $46,088
  3. Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2019 $2,074
  4. Percentage increase 4.5%

Self Development Eastmark Academy                      

  1. Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2020 $43,000
  2. Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2019 $0
  3. Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2019 $43,000
  4. Percentage increase 0%

This is a new school opening Fy 2020.

Self Development Scottsdale Academy                      

  1. Average salary of all teachers employed in budget year 2020 $43,000
  2. Average salary of all teachers employed in prior year 2019 $0
  3. Increase in average teacher salary from the prior year 2019 $43,000
  4. Percentage increase 0%

This is a new school opening Fy 2020.

Links to Perfomance Dashboards

Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy-Mesa:

https://online.asbcs.az.gov/charterholders/view/75#performance-tab

Self Development Academy-Phoenix:

https://online.asbcs.az.gov/charterholders/view/939#performance-tab

Self Development Scottsdale Academy:

https://online.asbcs.az.gov/charterholders/view/1044#performance-tab

Self Development Eastmark Academy:

https://online.asbcs.az.gov/charterholders/view/1045#performance-tab