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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

The best charter schools in Mesa, Phoenix, & Glendale Arizona, Self Development Academy (SDA) curriculum is rooted in the philosophy that every child has a learning style that works best for them. We then identify those different learning styles that resonate with each child so that student 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 both our top K-8 Phoenix and Mesa charter schools teach one grade-level above Arizona Department of Education standards and employs a combination of strategies to enhance learning and inspire life-long 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.

In addition to our Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona charter schools, we are proud to be opening two new AZ locations, one in East Mesa and one in Glendale AZ. Give us a call and enroll your child today!

Motivating Arizona's SDA Charter School Students

The success of the rigorous academic program at SDA is attributed to the passion, care, and pedagogical acumen of the classroom teachers. Teachers make learning fun and achievable, motivating students to achieve high goals. The mastery learning approach affirms that all children can learn.

Our mastery learning approach encourages students to try new concepts, appreciate their abilities, and link effort with achievement.The school uses a highly rigorous curriculum comparable to the International Cambridge model to challenge students and prepare them for high school, college, career, and life beyond.

The curriculum of our Arizona schools is aligned to standards set by the Arizona Department of Education, teaching one grade level above those standards. The challenging curriculum is distinctively designed to reach and connect with all types of learners, using a combination of strategies to enhance learning and inspire. 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. This has led to us being ranked as one of the best elementary schools in Arizona and top charter schools in Phoenix and Mesa AZ. We are nationally ranked in the top 10.

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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 May 8, 2020 at 10:30am

The next Self Development Charter School dba Self Development Academy - Mesa charter school board meeting is scheduled for May 8, 2020 at 10:00am

The next Self Development Eastmark Academy board meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2020 at 12:30pm

The next Self Development Scottsdale Academy board meeting is scheduled for March 15, 2020 at 12:10pm

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