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Tucson Country Day School is an open enrollment, tuition-free public charter school and follows the rules and regulations set by the Arizona State Legislature and the Arizona Department of Education for accepting students into the school.
You can read about why former and current families and staff love TCDS here.
All students are given equal access to the school based on the Open Enrollment Policy adopted by our School Board. The policy is based on a fair and equitable system that provides for an Open Enrollment period, a lottery, and if necessary, a waiting list.
Pre-registration begins November 27th, 2023 and guarantees a spot for current students for the 2024-2025 academic year. Currently enrolled students must complete this process if they would like to continue at TCDS.
Student(s) that have not completed pre-registration by December 10th, 2023 will be entered into the Open Enrollment lottery.
If your student falls into one of the categories below, they may enroll during the pre-registration period. Use the open enrollment form found here (which includes a different version of our registration forms):
- The student is a sibling (that has never attended TCDS) of a child that attends TCDS
- The student is transitioning from Lil’ Champs to Kindergarten
Open enrollment for the 2024-2025 academic year for grades K-8 begins December 11th, 2023 and will continue until all stated capacities have been met. As long as capacity is available after the pre-registration period, all new open enrollment applicants are considered for enrollment based on the following preferences:
- New students who are children of employees or school board members
- New students who are siblings of currently enrolled TCDS students
- New students who have completed and turned in their Open Enrollment registration packet
Please contact Registrar, Ms. Nicky Brown (email@example.com), with any additional questions.
Please note that students must be 5 years old by August 31st in order to be accepted into our Kindergarten program.
Common FAQs About TCDS:
1. What grades do you offer?
Tucson Country Day School is a tuition-free public charter school for grades K-8. We also offer a private preschool/pre-kindergarten (Early Childhood Education) that is tuition based.
2. What is the focus of your Early Education Program?
Your child’s early years are some of the most critical for developing an outlook built around exploration and learning beyond what is offered in a classroom. We provide diverse learning environments, materials and experiences that are designed to deepen children’s investigations into the world around them. To learn more, please visit our Early Education Program page.
3. Do TCDS students receive report cards?
All K-8 students receive a quarterly academic report card that outlines student progress in their grade level subject standards.
4. What time does school start and finish?
TCDS runs on a split schedule to minimize congestion in the parking lot.
- Office Hours: Monday-Friday: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM
- Kindergarten through Third Grade: 8:00 AM – 2:45 PM (8:00 – 11:30 on Wednesdays)
- Fourth and Fifth Grade: 8:00 AM – 3:05 PM (8:00 – 11:45 on Wednesdays)
- Sixth through Eighth Grade: 8:20 AM– 3:20 PM (8:20 – 12:00 on Wednesdays)
- Early Childhood Education (Lil’ Champs) instruction begins at 8:30 am with care available from 6:30 am-6 pm.
Please reference the Parent/Student handbook, for specific drop off instructions.
A fee based before and after school care program is available for students who need to arrive at school prior to their scheduled drop-off or remain at school more than 15 minutes after they (and any siblings) are dismissed at the end of the day.
5. Do you offer before and after school care?
Before and after school care is available. Before-school care starts at 6:30 a.m.-8:05a.m., and after-school care is available until 6 p.m.
- Please contact our office for current rates for both before and after school programs.
- Free sibling care is provided for K-3rd grade students who need to remain after school until a 4th-8th grade sibling is dismissed.
You can complete the Champion Care registration packet on our Parent Info page.
6. How much does it cost to attend TCDS?
- Our K-8th grade programs are tuition free under Arizona’s Charter school statutes.
- Our Early Childhood Education (preschool/pre-kindergarten program) is tuition-based. We offer a variety of schedules including full week, and half days. Tuition is based on the schedule attended. Please contact the administration office for more information.
7. Do students that attend TCDS wear uniforms?
We structure uniforms using a color-coded system. Please reference our Parent/Student handbook for more detail.
8. What types of activities do you offer outside of the regular school day?
We have many clubs, sporting teams and other activities depending on the child’s grade level and interests. Some clubs include: American Sign Language, Spanish Fun Club, All Stars Sports Club, Middle School Woodworking Club, Elementary Art Club, Game On!, Teen Outreach Program, and more!
5th through 8th grade students can participate in the extracurricular sports program. We have boys teams in soccer, basketball and flag football, and girls teams for soccer, softball, volleyball, and basketball. Our sports teams compete with other charter and private middle schools.
Please check out our sports and clubs page for additional information and required forms.
9. How is the lunch program structured?
Students are able to bring their own sack lunch or hot lunch can be purchased in advance for your child(ren). The service is provided by an outside vendor, “Healthy Innovations“. We participate in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch program. If you’d like to see if you qualify, please complete the Free and Reduced Lunch Packet.
Lunchtime is staggered by grade level with students eating outside on the picnic tables or in their classrooms.
Regardless of whether you purchase hot lunch or send a lunch, please be sure to pack a healthy morning and afternoon snack for your child to eat during scheduled snack breaks.
10. How can parents and families participate in supporting TCDS?
PLEDGE (Parents Leaders Educators Developing Growth and Excitement) is an integral part of Tucson Country Day School, offering assistance to teachers in the classroom, holding fundraisers for supplemental materials and experiences, encouraging social interaction and generally helping out wherever and whenever a need arises.
Interested in volunteering? Please check out our PLEDGE Facebook page.
11. How is TCDS governed and operated?
Tucson Country Day School is governed by a five-member school board. It is comprised by members involved in all areas of our community. We hold regular meetings to discuss how our school operates and methods to continue offering an environment of excellence to all students. You can find more information here.
12. How is TCDS financed?
For information about our budget and finances, please click here.