About the Scottsdale Unified School District

  • Located northeast of metropolitan Phoenix, the District serves the educational needs of students and families of 22,000 students across 29 campuses. Approximately 240,476 people reside within its boundaries. The District’s award-winning academic, arts and athletic programs draw students from Phoenix, Paradise Valley, Fountain Hills, Tempe and Scottsdale. A highly experienced, professionally certified teaching staff fosters a diverse and rigorous educational environment to develop the potential in every individual learner. Offering gifted learning, special education, career and technical education, and a variety of athletics, arts and enrichment programs and clubs, SUSD provides the rich environment today’s students need to explore their interests, develop important social skills and grow into tomorrow’s leaders. For more information, visit www.susd.org and follow along on social media: FacebookTwitter,  InstagramNextdoorLinkedIn and YouTube.

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  • Desert Canyon Elementary School Named AEF® A+ School of Excellence®

    Desert Canyon Elementary School Named AEF® A+ School of Excellence®

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (February 16, 2024) – The Arizona Educational Foundation® has named Scottsdale Unified School District’s Desert Canyon Elementary School as one of its 2024 A+ Schools of Excellence®.

    The starting point of Scottsdale Unified’s optional Mandarin Dual Language Immersion (DLI) program, Desert Canyon is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year.

    Principal Kim Mills says the school is all about community.  “We are proud of our inclusive, close-knit family and the robust support and engagement we receive from our community,” she says.  “We foster a sense of community and inclusivity as students from diverse linguistic backgrounds come together to learn, grow and become proficient in a second language.”

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  • Cocopah Middle School Eighth Grader Spells Her Way to SUSD Bee Title

    Cocopah Middle School Eighth Grader Spells Her Way to SUSD Bee Title

    It was 13-year-old Nina Bhatia who emerged as the champion of the January 19 Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) Spelling Bee, spelling the word “indemnity” correctly.

    Among the words she also had to spell were “megaron,” “coccidiosis” and “innards.” How did the Cocopah Middle School eighth grade student prepare for the 2024 Bee? “For the easier words, I usually just skimmed over them and made sure I practiced them,” said Bhatia.

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  • ASU Journalism Dean Encourages Valley Teens to Find Their Purpose

    ASU Journalism Dean Encourages Valley Teens to Find Their Purpose

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (January 12, 2024) – Comparing today’s current “Gen Z” youth to the nation’s World War II “Greatest Generation,” the dean of Arizona State University’s (ASU) Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication encouraged a group of Valley high school students to be of service to their communities, now and in the future.

    Dr. Battinto Batts Jr. was the keynote speaker yesterday at the 24th annual MLK Youth Voices program at Saguaro High School, part of the City of Scottsdale Community Celebrating Diversity’s 2024 events commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • Leap Ahead in January for SUSD’s 2024-2025 School Year

    Leap Ahead in January for SUSD’s 2024-2025 School Year

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (December 20, 2023) – The holiday season may be upon us, but Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) is already planning ahead for the 2024-2025 school year, with multiple opportunities available in January for families with young learners.

    Parents who will be enrolling first-time students can get them off to the perfect start with SUSD’s Community Education programs. The district’s learning opportunities cater to the unique needs of 2-year-olds, preschoolers and pre-kindergarten students. Priority online registration for SUSD early learning programs runs from January 10 – 17, 2024, but registrations will continue to be accepted after that. Read more at https://www.susd.org/earlylearning.

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  • Building Teaching Excellence from the Inside: SUSD & NAU Unveil New Teacher Residency Program

    Building Teaching Excellence from the Inside: SUSD & NAU Unveil New Teacher Residency Program

    SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (December 15, 2023) – Scottsdale Unified School District and Northern Arizona University (NAU) have joined forces with a groundbreaking initiative, the Arizona Teacher Residency Program. This dynamic partnership between SUSD and NAU marks a significant milestone in shaping the future of Arizona public education by providing aspiring educators with a comprehensive, two-year expedition toward teacher accreditation.

    The Teacher Residency Program offers aspiring educators a comprehensive training experience. Upon successful program completion, participants earn a master's degree from NAU and commit to teaching in their partnering district for an additional two years, all without incurring any student debt.

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