Welcome to ACDS

Our Mission

We challenge students intellectually; inspire their confidence, curiosity, and creativity; and prepare them to thrive in a diverse and complex world by ensuring that they are independent learners, effective communicators, community minded citizens, and balanced individuals.

Curricular Highlights

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Thank you for your interest in ACDS!

We look forward to sharing with you all that our school has to offer your child and family, and invite you to visit our school.

Walk-in Wednesdays!

Stop by any Wednesday morning at 8:30am to meet with our Admissions staff and tour the school.  No appointment necessary!