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Phoenix Country Day School

3901 East Stanford Drive
Paradise Valley, AZ 85253

(602) 955-8200


Phoenix Country Day School enrolls children beginning at age 4 in its full-time pre-k program. In addition to excellent academics, the PCDS curriculum includes music, library, science, art, technology, physical education and Spanish classes. The School continues through 12th grade, containing Lower, Middle and Upper Schools, with pre-k as a major entry point.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Teacher-Led

From the Director:

The Lower School program provides a quality education for students in pre-k through fourth grade. At the heart of the School’s philosophy and mission is a commitment to excellence in the academic, personal, and social development of the students. Lower School faculty and staff work closely together to create a nurturing environment with small classes and a challenging, comprehensive curriculum. With a solid foundation in traditional academic disciplines, the students develop and master skills and discover the joy of learning. Each class is taught by a homeroom teacher, and students receive additional support from an assistant. The core curriculum is enhanced by the study of music, art, science, physical education, technology, library science, and foreign language (Spanish). Specialists in each area work closely with the homeroom teachers to create a rich and motivating program. Curriculum integration across subject disciplines strengthens the students’ knowledge and applications for learning.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Pre-kindergarten students take several courses with specialists including library, science and Spanish.