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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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 8-10 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.
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 25,668 students†and 1,551 teachers. We have 5 comprehensive high schools, 1 online high school with Scottsdale Online Learning, 6 middle schools, 3 K-8 schools, 16 elementary schools and†3 Early Childhood campuses.
The Arizona Department of Education (ADE) has released its new A-F Achievement Profiles for the 2013-14 school year.
Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) did well; the District received an A for the fourth consecutive year, 19 schools received the highest grade of A, seven schools received B, three schools received C and one school received D.
Why choose Scottsdale?
All of our schools are rated as A, B or C. 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 arenít available in most other districts.