Every child sculpted by proper nurturing and a demanding curriculum can grow up to electrify the world.
#1 Best Elementary School in Arizona
Our self-confident scholars dedicate themselves to bettering the world.
#2 Best Charter Elementary School in America
Our award winning STEAM program combines the essentials of analysis with the essentials of humanity.
#1 Best K-8 Teachers in Arizona
Self Development Academy is recognized nationally as a top ranked K-8 charter schools located in Mesa Arizona. Founded in 2000, Self Development charter school offers an accelerated curriculum, tailored to the strengths of individual students. We have an award winning math and science program. In addition, our stellar arts and gifted programs ensure that all of our students are challenged to excel in every endeavor.
We offer High School level Algebra II to our 7th and 8th grade students.
By 8th grade, all students will complete 1 year of High School Chemistry & Physics.
Students wide range of performing arts options including: dance, choir, percussion, violin, woodwinds.
Since opening Self Development charter school has the distinction of receiving state and nation-wide awards.
Self Development Academy was the perfect beginning to my education, teaching me how to write well and seek further advancement in mathematics. It prepared me to do well and high school and was a key factor toward getting into Princeton University for college.
Former Student, currently attending Princeton
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The 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 Mesa charter school and K-8 Phoenix charter school teaches 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.
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 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 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.
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Notice of Public Meetings Pursuant to A.R.S. 38-431.02, 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. Both Self Development Academy [Mesa] and Self Development Academy – Phoenix shall additionally post notice on this website. Both 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 March 1, 2019 at 3:45PM
The next Self Development Academy - Mesa charter school board meeting is scheduled for March 1, 2019 at 3:15PM
The next Self Development Eastmark Academy board meeting is scheduled for March 1, 2019 at 3:30PM
The next Self Development Scottsdale Academy board meeting is scheduled for March 1, 2019 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 Academy-Mesa (Self Development Charter School) 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 Academy-Mesa
Self Development Academy-Phoenix
The average salary of SY2018-2019 includes additional new teachers to the school who are new to the field as well. Increased base salary for new teachers and implementing a master teachers/mentor program.