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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Phoenix Campus

Phoenix Campus

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

SDA Phoenix uses a blend of enriching instructional methods, a nurturing, family environment, and challenging mathematics, sciences, and arts to instill unstoppable quest for knowledge. Our captivating, challenging, and rigorous curriculum prepares many of our learners to take Advanced Placement (AP) and college courses as freshmen in high school.

SDA Phoenix teaches not only core subjects, but also advanced coursework like Algebra I & II, but also provides qualifying individuals a gifted education. 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.  Every science or math course is balanced with electives in technology, art, and music. 

It is important students know something well enough to reshape it and reimagine it.  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 


Kindergarten students thrive at our Phoenix campus higher learning, early reading, and advanced mathematics is embedded in our enchanting curriculum.  Core instruction in math, reading, writing, phonics, and science is balanced with the arts.  Kindergarten is the perfect time to introduce critical and creative thinking because kindergarteners naturally want to investigate the world, making sense of it with their limitless imagination.  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
  • Arithmetic and Early Algebraic Thinking
  • Phonics and English language arts (ELA)
  • Physical education (once a week)
  • Music (once a week)
  • Logic
  • Creative Arts

Grades 1-5

Students in  grades 1-5 explore more advanced critical and creative thinking concepts that will be further developed and refined in middle school.  Current research into developmental neuroscience points that children this age are developing the capacity for more abstract thought.  With this in mind, we engage students in Socratic dialogue, asking students why, why not, and the most important question: what do you think?  Socialization is important and emotional development is as well.  So students in these grades learn mindfulness, perspective taking, and self-coping skills as part of our social-emotional learning program.   Full brain learning is important for us at SDA so we provide 1st through 5th graders  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 

Middle schoolers have the greatest capacities to advance their studies, higher level math and sciences are offered to students that show a capacity to learn at higher levels.  Our middle school students sharpen their critical and creative thinking skills through integrative, multi-subject projects and study of advanced logical 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
  • Algebra II
  • Life Sciences and Lab
  • English language arts (ELA)
  • World History and Government
  • 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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