The district celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1996. 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.
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District Vision, Mission, Goals and Beliefs
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.
Today, the District covers 112 square miles. Our boundaries are not coterminous with city of Scottsdale boundaries. We serve most of the town of Paradise Valley and parts of Tempe and Phoenix in addition to most of Scottsdale. The District has about 26,000 students and approximately 1,800 certified and 1,000 classified employees. We have 5 comprehensive high schools, 6 middle schools, 3 K-8 schools, 16 elementary schools, and 2 Early Childhood campuses.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2011-12 school year.
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A, 17 schools received the highest grade of A, six schools received B, seven schools received C.
Why choose Scottsdale?
All of our schools have made the grade with the Arizona Department of Education – all of our schools are rated as Performing or better. We have special programs for gifted students, an International Baccalaureate program and offerings, such as band and strings for children as young as the fourth grade, that aren’t available in most other districts.