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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Glendale Campus

Glendale Campus

Self Development Academy – Glendale
16635 N. 51st Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85306

Telephone: (602) 675-0125

High quality, advanced K-8 education taught with enriched instruction methods by the nation’s top educators: that’s Self Development Academy (SDA) in a nutshell. We believe today’s scholars are tomorrow’s global leaders and visionaries. It is our duty as educators to our students, to parents, and to our future. Our teachers use gifted instructional models to teach advanced coursework, multiple grade levels ahead of the state level. We do so in a nurturing environment because when students believe they can do anything, they end up doing so.

Exceptional futures start here. Enroll your child today and see why SDA is one of the top public charter elementary school in Glendale.

SDA Glendale at a Glance

What Does "Self-Development" Mean? 

At our core, SDA Glendale is about full brain learning. We combine critical thinking and creative thinking so that students know how to analyze, critique, and create. Our research-based curriculum, intervention program, and instructional practices help students to develop the bests of themselves: we help students develop themselves. It is also about developing civil-minded individuals. Through interdisciplinary projects and our social-emotional learning program students develop a sense of self, an identity, filled with passions, interests, aesthetics, and hobbies.

The Advanced K-8 Curriculum in Glendale

Using a highly rigorous curriculum, SDA exposes students to advanced concepts in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, music, philosophy, literature, and language. Our unique, integrative curriculum allows children to learn without the restrictions of subject boundaries, so that they may explore the limitless connections between what they learn in school and what they experience in the world. We focus on the inter-relatedness of all curricular areas in order to help our students recognize, understand, and navigate the connections and relationships that make learning come to life.

One of the distinguishing features of SDA is our focus on enhanced learning opportunities that help learners of all ages develop their skills and interests in art, math, science, and language. The objective of these enrichments is to ignite a passion for lifelong learning. Once mastery is attained in a subject, students engage in deep, creative, and critical thinking about the material and concepts in order to enhance and enrich their understanding.

Our advanced and rigorous curriculum is intended to:

  • Hone critical thinking skills to succeed in the age of information
  • Develop creative thinking skills for advanced problem solving
  • Create an appreciation for literature, critical analysis, and the arts
  • Cultivate sensitivity to diversity

Enhanced Learning for All Students

SDA provides for one-on-one and small group learning opportunities so students can receive more personalized instruction tailored to their strengths, weaknesses, interests, and abilities. This model is great for gifted students who are ready to work ahead and explore more challenging concepts, as well as for students needing more personal attention and instructional time with our highly qualified and passionate teachers.

Our world-class educators understand the intellectual, social, and emotional needs of young people and are able to help every student achieve high goals and realize their full potential.

Before- and After-School Programs

To better accommodate students and parents that require more flexibility in the morning and afternoon, SDA Glendale offers before- and after-school programs that extend learning, supervision, and activity hours. The before-school program is available between 6:30am and 7:30am and includes breakfast. The after-school program runs between 3:00pm and 4:30pm. specials rotate throughout the week as follows (subject to change):

  • Monday – Art
  • Tuesday – Dance/Music Club
  • Wednesday – Technology 
  • Thursday – Sports
  • Friday – Poetry/Book Club 

What Students and Parents Can Expect at SDA Glendale 


Our Glendale campus Kindergarten is run by a published author and expert in early child education.  Students are given opportunities to advance their cognitive skills through core instruction in math, reading, writing, phonics, and science. Along with a rigorous program of academics and art, Kindergarteners receive important time for unstructured play as well.

The typical day for a Kindergartener may include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Mathematics
  • Phonics and English language arts (ELA)
  • Physical education (once a week)
  • Music (once a week)
  • Logic
  • Creative Arts

Grades 1-4

After Kindergarten, students from first to fourth grade explore critical and creative thinking concepts that will be further developed and refined in middle school.

These grade levels also have increasing focus on mindfulness and social-emotional learning (SEL), which together teach our students how to self-regulate and resolve interpersonal conflicts. In addition to classroom learning, further education concepts and enrichments are accomplished in computer lab, P.E., and music classes on a rotating basis.

The typical day for a student in 1st – 4th grade may include:

  • Mindfulness
  • Math block
  • Reading block
  • Writing/grammar
  • Logic and reasoning (3X a week)
  • Science
  • Social studies
  • Physical education (once a week)
  • Music (once a week)

Space is Limited, Enroll Now! 

Students are enrolled on a first come, first-served basis. Preference is given to students with siblings already enrolled. SDA Glendale does not discriminate based on race, gender, ethnicity, religion, language proficiency, or ability. Start your enrollment today or contact us online if you have questions.

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