Phoenix Country Day School rated as a top school

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Phoenix Country Day School has been ranked the top private school in Arizona by Niche.com, and has been recognized in the top-50 of private K-12 schools nationally.

“Once again, we’re proud to be the No. 1-ranked school in Arizona, as we take great pride in our offering,” said PCDS Head of School Andrew Rodin, in a press release.

“The additional recognition on a national scale is good for PCDS—and also for Arizona. As we strive as a state to improve the landscape for local and regional education, PCDS is honored to play a leadership role. Our alignment with some of the most respected schools in the country—from New York to Chicago to Los Angeles—will continue to push the conversations about what it means to prepare our children for the rapidly changing world around them.”

The school earned these rankings based on a variety of factors, including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, college matriculation, and student/parent reviews, the release stated.

The statistical information used in the ranking was provided by the U.S. Department of Education. Over 1,500 K-12 private schools were ranked nationally, and PCDS came in at No. 48, competitive with or ahead of many renowned private schools, some of whom were well over 100 years old.

“It’s pretty cool,” said sophomore Tyler Barfield in the release.  “I’ve been going to this school for so long, and I’m really proud of this place.  To be recognized on a national level is awesome.”

Founded in 1961 in Paradise Valley, Phoenix Country Day School is a private, independent school supporting students in grades pre-kindergarten through high school. The school currently has approximately 750 students enrolled across all grade levels, and the average class size is roughly fourteen students.

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