Welcome to the Alexandria Country Day School website! ACDS is a co-educational, Kindergarten through eighth grade, independent school where students become independent learners, effective communicators, community minded, and balanced. This is accomplished by providing our students with a challenging, experiential, and hands-on academic program in small classes with a great deal of individual attention. Additionally, our Kindergarten through eighth grade structure allows for a school environment where every child is a known and valued member of the community. We invite you to spend time exploring this site and schedule a campus visit to learn more about our unique, child-centered approach to learning.
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Alexandria Country Day School supports a philosophy of intellectual growth, enthusiasm for learning, leadership development, good citizenship, and social responsibility. In the Lower School, Kindergarten through 4th grade, classroom community is built through the Responsive Classroom approach and opportunities to work with partners as well as small groups. This sense of community is built upon in Middle School, grades 5 through 8, with the Developmental Designs approach used in daily advisory meetings.
The goal of our language arts program is to help our students become skilled, lifelong readers and writers, critical thinkers, and engaging public speakers. We use the Reading and Writing Workshop approach 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, which is a version of Singapore Math, well known for its challenge and effectiveness. All eighth graders are exposed to Algebra 1 concepts, and students who demonstrate readiness will complete the course by the end of eighth grade. For Middle School students with exceptional mathematical abilities, there is also an opportunity to receive additional challenge through Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth. In Kindergarten through fifth grade, science concepts are incorporated across the curriculum, and in grades six and above, science classes incorporate physical and life sciences with a growing emphasis on STEM concepts. ACDS 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.
The curriculum is supplemented with instruction in the Spanish language, technology, information literacy, art, drama, music, and physical education. A 1:1 iPad initiative in grades 5 through 8 enhances the curriculum, facilitating a hands-on, project-based approach to teaching and learning. Students use their iPads for note-taking, organization and time-management, as well as for collaborative and creative projects using Web 2.0 tools. Learning comes alive through the use of audio/video, images, and interactive presentations worked on in and out of class.
Within our rich and vibrant school community, there are many opportunities for students and parents to spend time together outside of the classroom. We offer music lessons, interscholastic athletics, and a wide-array of other afterschool activities for students. Additionally, an active Parent-Teacher League (PTL) plans fun events throughout the year for parents and the whole family.
Thank you for your interest in supporting Alexandria Country Day School. Like all independent schools, ACDS depends upon the generosity of our community of friends to sustain and advance the mission of the School. There are many opportunities for alumni, parents, grandparents, alumni parents, and friends to take an active role in fostering the School’s mission and ensuring the best possible educational environment. We know that there are many causes asking for your support, so we thank you for your generosity.