Self Development Charter School

Why SDA?

Self Development Academy is founded on the belief that free public education should be rich in exploration, discovery, and connections to real-world experiences. Learning should connect a child’s mind and heart while also developing relevant applications to the world around them.

Caring and experienced teachers help scholars learn to think critically and creatively on every campus and in every classroom. Traditional subjects are combined with science, technology, engineering, mathematics, music, philosophy, literature, and language in an accelerated curriculum. Each child grows and thrives as a result of personalized learning and discovery, becoming confident and successful both inside and outside of the classroom.Students are encouraged to ask What if? What else? 

They are able to explore what they can do with newfound knowledge after mastering a concept. Opportunities for leadership and service help to develop four important character traits: respect, responsibility, readiness, and resilience. It is the means by which our students learn to hold themselves to high standards as good citizens in our schools, communities, and nation.

Accelerated Learning

The school is  relentlessly focused on each individual student – because each and every one of them will have an impact on our world.

Every week, they assess each scholar’s progress. Their teachers then modify instruction to meet each child where they are, accelerating their progress to where they are capable of going.

Their rigorous approach is based on an accelerated curriculum that is one grade level above the Arizona Department of Education’s standards.Advanced, Enriched Education

Science, technology, engineering, mathematics, music, philosophy, literature, and language are infused into core subjects.

Students can then make connections across subjects, discovering the relevance of seemingly disparate concepts.

Scholars can also participate in performing arts such as dance, choir, percussion, violin, and woodwinds. Students explore and develop a wide range of interests in conjunction with Student Council, Young Scholars, Chess Club, Science Olympiad, mindfulness, and other self-discovery options.

Best Elementary School Teachers in the Valley

Our rigorous academic program’s success is attributed to our classroom teachers’ passion, care, and pedagogical acumen, who are among the best teachers in Arizona.

Their world-class educators capitalize on young people’s intellectual, social, and emotional abilities to help each student achieve high goals and realize their full potential. The teachers also have extensive subject knowledge, which means they can provide insights and context to help subjects come to life. Their teachers, who are equal parts mentor, coach, counselor, and instructor, are dedicated to assisting young people in achieving success.


The mission of the school is to cultivate students’ inner spirit of curiosity, inspire students to develop intrinsic motivation to achieve scholarly potential, empower students to take ownership of their learning, foster a passion for life-long learning, and promote the value of community service.

Each student who completes Self Development will embody the four R’s: responsible, prepared for continued academic success, respectful, and resilient.


The Self Development Academy’s vision is to develop capable, thriving students who are equally confident in their academic abilities as they are in their responsibilities to their communities.


The school’s self-development philosophy emphasizes the value of self-awareness, self-knowledge, and self-acceptance. Self-development entails accepting one’s own flaws as well as one’s own strengths, and it boosts one’s self-esteem.

Self-efficacy rises when one’s self-esteem rises. Individuals with high self-efficacy are more likely to stick to their goals. Confident people see problems as challenges that can be overcome. Self-development leads to increased self-control and self-discipline, which leads to success in school, college, and life after graduation.


East Mesa Campus

Self Development Academy (SDA) in East Mesa is where exceptional futures begin. They care deeply about your child’s education and are dedicated to helping them reach their full potential. Their vision is to empower and inspire students, as well as to provide them with a library of knowledge and diverse thinking skills, in order for them to make the future a better place for everyone.

SDA East Mesa is one of our newest campus locations in the Valley, offering the same high-quality education and enhanced learning that has earned Self Development Academy a reputation as one of Arizona’s best elementary schools. SDA Easy Mesa provides a high-quality, advanced K-8 education taught by the nation’s top educators using enriched instruction methods.

Glendale Campus

Self Development Academy (SDA) is a high-quality, advanced K-8 education taught by the nation’s top educators using enriched instruction methods. They believe that today’s academics will be tomorrow’s global leaders and visionaries. It is their responsibility as educators to our students, parents, and future generations.

Teachers use gifted instructional models to teach advanced coursework that is multiple grade levels above the state standard.

Mesa Campus

Self Development Academy (SDA) cares deeply about your child’s education and is dedicated to helping them reach their full potential. Their vision is to empower and inspire students to face the future with confidence, readiness, and the ability to make a difference that will change the world.

They believe that everyone has the ability to succeed in school and in life, and that a passion for lifelong learning is the key to a bright future. SDA Mesa empowers students to take ownership of their success, fostering critical and creative thinking skills so that they never stop questioning, learning, and growing.

Phoenix Campus

SDA Phoenix instills an unstoppable thirst for knowledge through a combination of enriching instructional methods, a nurturing, family environment, and challenging mathematics, sciences, and arts. Our enthralling, challenging, and rigorous curriculum prepares many of our students to take AP and college courses as freshmen in high school.

SDA Phoenix not only teaches core subjects, but also advanced coursework such as Algebra I & II, and it also offers a gifted education to qualified students. When students achieve mastery in a subject, they engage in deep, creative, and critical thinking about the material and concepts in order to enhance and enrich their understanding. Every branch of science or mathematics

Mesa, Arizona is blessed to be the home of many of the state’s best middle schools.  Here’s a shortlist you should check out: 

  • Santa Maria Middle School
  • Cooley Middle School
  • Self Development Charter School
  • ASU Preparatory Academy- Polytechnic Middle School
  • Heritage Academy Laveen
  • Mesa Arts Academy
  • Imagine Schools East Mesa Elementary and Middle School
  • BASIS Mesa
  • Mesa Distance Learning Program

All of these wonderful landmarks are located just a short distance from our location at 1630 South Stapley Drive, Suite 212 in Mesa, Arizona! Stop by for a visit anytime!


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