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Scottsdale creates in-house app for mobile devices

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  • Becky Kelbaugh/Scottsdale Unified School District

More people rely on their mobile devices to receive daily information from news and information to online banking. To keep up with this trend, Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has created an application for i Operating Systems (IOS), Android and Windows devices.

“We are truly proud that with the talents of our Community Engagement and Information Technology departments, we were able to create the SUSD app in-house without using additional District funds or outside resources. Many school districts can’t say this,” said Superintendent Dr. David J. Peterson.

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, 56 percent of Americans have a smart phone and 63 percent of them use it to surf online regularly. By creating this app, SUSD is providing access to the most frequently accessed information on our website, including links to social media, StudentVUE and ParentVUE sites, allowing parents and students to stay connected. Through monitoring of District and school websites and meeting with focus groups, SUSD will continue to add additional features and functionality throughout the year.

“SUSD will have more control and flexibility for future updates to this new app by creating and maintaining it in-house. The data we are providing is linked directly to our web portal, creating up-to-the-minute information about our schools and District. By doing this, updates made to our website are automatically available on your mobile device,” said Tom Clark, chief technology officer.

The app is now available to download on Apple’s App Store and Google Play for Android devices by searching “Scottsdale USD”. The app will be available to download on Windows Marketplace soon. For more about the SUSD app, please visit

Scottsdale Unified School District, where we Engage, Educate and Empower Every Student, Every Day. The District and 15 schools have earned the state’s highest A-F Achievement Profile grade – A. All Scottsdale schools are graded as A, B, or C by the Arizona Department of Education. For more information about Scottsdale Unified schools, please visit