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By The Numbers

Class of 2018

  • 1,834 graduates, 13 of whom graduated a year early
  • $63.7 million earned in academic & athletic scholarships
  • 89.73% graduation rate
  • 1 Flinn scholar
  • 1 Dorrance scholar
  • 4 U.S. military academy appointments
  • 9 National Merit Scholarship finalists; 43 Commended Students
  • 83 National Board Certified Teachers
  • 9 A+ Schools of Excellence
  • Nationally ranked high schools

General Information

The Scottsdale Unified School District has 30 schools serving about 23,000 students. More than 3,000 persons are employed by the district, including about 1,500 teachers.

The district celebrated its 120th anniversary in 2016. Its boundaries include most, but not all, of the city of Scottsdale, almost all of the town of Paradise Valley, a section of the city of Phoenix and a section of the city of Tempe. 

More Information:
District Map

Organizational Chart

District Acceptance of Gifts Form


The Scottsdale Unified School District was founded in 1896 by Major Winfield Scott, also the founder of the city of Scottsdale. The first classes were taught by Aliza Bount, who, for health reasons, moved to Arizona from Illinois with her husband George and their three children. Classes were held in their adobe home, which was just south of what is now Civic Center Plaza and Second Street. Aliza Bount was paid $40 a month to teach the eight to 10 students from the seven families who resided in Scottsdale at that time.

The District's first bond election was held May 1, 1909, with 13 citizens voting "yes" and zero citizens voting "no." The amount of the bond, $5,000, was used to build our first school, now known as the "Little Red Schoolhouse." This building, also known at the time as Coronado School, is a historic site on Scottsdale Mall and now the home of the Scottsdale Historical Society.

More Information:
Chronological History of Schools | PDF
Current and Past Superintendents | PDF

Annual Reports

SUSD Core Purpose

Mission, Purpose & Values

Core Purpose: To Ensure All Individual Learners Reach Their Full Potential
Core Values: Responsive, Student-Focused, Humble, Growth-Minded
Business Definition: We Educate
Strategic Anchors: Accountability, Courage, Student Focus
Thematic Goal: Enhancing a Culture of Learning by May 2019

Programs Of Pride

  • World Language offerings, including Spanish Immersion in Pre-K and Mandarin Immersion in Kindergarten
  • Gifted Pre-K Academy:  District-wide program housed at Redfield Elementary School
  • International Baccalaureate program:  District-wide program housed at Desert Mountain High School; Mountainside Middle School on track for IB Middle Years
  • Math and Science Academy:  District-wide program housed at Saguaro High School
  • Elementary, Middle and High School Robotics
  • CTE programs:  Biotechnology, Creative Musical Arts & Sciences, Culinary Arts, Engineering Design, Digital Communication, Film & TV, Graphic Design/
    Advertising Art, Information Technology, Marketing & Business, Nursing, Software Xevelopment, Sports Medicine, Technical Theatre,  Theatre

  • Honors classes:  Algebra, Astrophysics, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Earth & Space Science, English, Fashion/Textiles, French, Geometry/Trigonometry, Human Physiology/Anatomy, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin Chinese, Photography/Digital Media, Physics, Russian, Sculpture/3D Design, Spanish, Trigonometry/Pre-Calculus
  • Advanced Placement (AP) classes:  American/Arizona Government, American/Arizona History, Art History, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, English, Environmental Science, French, Japanese, Literature/Composition,
    Macroeconomics, Mandarin Chinese, Psychology, Spanish, Statistics, Studio Art, World History

  • K-12 STEM and STEAM programs