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Phoenix Campus

Phoenix Campus

Self Development Academy - Phoenix
1515 E. Indian School Rd
Phoenix AZ 85014

SDA Phoenix helps develop young scholars who are prepared for success and to make a positive mark on the world. Our captivating, challenging, and rigorous curriculum prepares many of our learners to take Advanced Placement (AP) and college courses as freshmen in high school. 

One of the distinguishing features of SDA is our focus on enhanced learning opportunities and extracurricular activities that help learners of all ages develop their skills and interests in art, math, science, and language. The objective of these enhancements 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 to enhance and enrich their understanding. 

Students are encouraged to ask questions, to challenge themselves, and to participate in class discussions, group projects, and extracurricular activities. We provide all the tools, resources, and opportunities students need to reach their full potential, and the encouragement to take advantage of them to become successful students and contributing members of society. 

Exceptional futures start here. Enroll your child today and see firsthand why Self Development Academy is the premier charter elementary school in Phoenix.    

SDA Phoenix Quick Facts 

Why SDA Phoenix? 

There are many public and private elementary schools in Phoenix, so why should you enroll your child at Self Development Academy?

Read testimonials from students and parents to learn more about what makes SDA Phoenix the best charter elementary school in Arizona.

What Does "Self-Development Mean?

At our core, SDA Phoenix 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 civic-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. 

More About Self Development Academy Phoenix

Before- and After-School Programs

SDA Phoenix understands that some students and their families may need more flexibility with start and end times during the week. To better accommodate these schedules, our campus offers before- and after-school programs that extend supervision, learning, and activity hours so parents can drop students off earlier and/or pick them up later throughout the school-week as necessary. 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. Students use this time to focus on different extracurriculars and special learning activities. These specials rotate throughout the week as follows (subject to change): 

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

SDA Phoenix Grade-Level Descriptions 


Our Kindergarten teachers focus on developing students’ cognitive skills through core instruction in math, reading, writing, and phonics. Science is also integrated into the Kindergarten curriculum so students can discover more about their world and environment. Playtime is also a core focus for our Kindergarten classes. Through meaningful, objective-based, and purposely guided social play, students develop their awareness of self, citizenship, and community. Together, these focus areas help foster well-rounded development that will prepare our youngest students for the many years of schooling ahead. 

The typical day for a Kindergartener may include: 

  • Mindfulness 
  • Daily language and math review
  • Phonics and English language arts (ELA) 
  • Physical education (once a week)
  • Music (once a week)

Grades 1-5

Students in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades 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 enhancements are accomplished in computer lab, P.E., and music classes on a rotating basis. 

The typical day for a student in 1st – 5th 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)

Middle School 

6th, 7th, and 8th grade at SDA Phoenix is where our advanced and accelerated curriculum really shines in preparing students for high school and college. Our middle school students sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills through integrative, multi-subject projects and study of advanced logic concepts. By 6th grade, students learn about logical fallacies and problematic argumentation (informal logic) as well as propositional and categorial logic (formal logic); by 8th grade, they learn philosophy. Middle school students at SDA Phoenix are given opportunities to use their full intellectual and imaginative powers to help develop advanced problem-solving skills. 

The typical day for a middle school student may include: 

  • Mindfulness
  • Daily oral language
  • Daily oral math
  • Block of math
  • Block of science
  • Block of English language arts (ELA)
  • Social studies (alternating days)
  • Grammar/writing (alternating days)
  • Logic (alternating days)
  • Spanish (alternating days)
  • Creative writing (alternating days)
  • Math review (alternating days)
  • Science review (alternating days)
  • Technology (once a week)
  • 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 Phoenix 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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