At ACDS, we nurture a balanced approach to learning and to life, providing an exceptional academic program that is infused with ample time for play, artistic expression, and physical fitness. Learn More
ACDS students are encouraged to understand community in both local and global terms. They take an active role in the school community as classmates, leaders, mentors, and friends, and find ways to have a positive impact on communities, here in Alexandria and throughout the world. Learn More
From the moment they begin our Kindergarten program, ACDS students are learning to become effective communicators through a sequential and in-depth curriculum. The result are graduates who are uncommonly strong public speakers, writers, and communicators. Learn More
Walk into an ACDS classroom and you’ll see students actively developing academic, athletic, artistic, and interpersonal skills. Guided by experienced and dedicated teachers, students are challenged to explore, reflect, collaborate, and solve open-ended problems. Learn More
Reading and Writing Workshop, an instructional approach developed at Columbia University’s Teachers College, is used to ensure that our students gain the necessary skills and knowledge in phonics, fluency, vocabulary, comprehension, writing craft, and mechanics, as well as spelling. There is also a strong emphasis on oral language development and public speaking in all grades.
Students in Kindergarten through seventh grade follow the Math in Focus program, a version of Singapore Math, well known for its challenge and effectiveness. All eighth graders take Algebra I, and the most advanced level of this course introduces geometry concepts. For Middle School students with exceptional mathematical abilities, there is also an opportunity to receive additional challenge through an online program.
The science program at ACDS incorporates studies of earth, physical, and life sciences as well as health, biology and beginning chemistry. STEM concepts are incorporated at each grade level and the entire sixth grade year is dedicated to STEM integration.
Social studies teachers bring history to life and regularly teach through interactive simulations, field trips, and debates. Starting in third grade, we use the History Alive! curriculum.
Students are introduced to Spanish language and culture in Kindergarten. In subsequent years, they strengthen and broaden their comprehension and expression skills, as well as their speaking world. By eighth grade, students complete the equivalent of high school Spanish I and have the opportunity to put their Spanish skills into practice during a class trip to Puerto Rico.
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