From its founding, ACDS has emphasized public speaking in its program.  It begins in Kindergarten where students share in morning meeting, and continues to the Author’s Tea in first grade, a public poetry reading in third grade, and our formal Speeches & Sweets program beginning in fifth grade.  In eighth grade, Speeches & Sweets becomes competitive and an boy and girl are selected to represent our school at the Alexandria Optimist Club’s public speaking competition.

At Wednesday’s Optimist Club competition, our two eighth graders placed first and second.  We are so proud of them!  As the first place winner, Olivia moves on to compete against the winners of other Optimist Club chapters this weekend.

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After assembling 20,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now, each grade participated in another service learning project to complete our Day of Service.  Our Kindergartners planted a butterfly garden on campus.  The first and fourth grades volunteered at Buddie Ford Nature Center.  Second and fifth graders cleaned up three Alexandria playgrounds.  The third and sixth graders planted beans in our garden for the Capital Area Food Bank, planted herbs, and created signs for campus recycling and composting bins.  Our seventh grade, working with Alexandria City Parks and Recreation, created an assessment and monitoring plot in Monticello Park.  And the eighth grade cleaned up Four Mile Run.  Well done Bobcats!  What a fantastic day!  For more photos from our Day of Service, please visit our Facebook page.

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To begin our Day of Service, ACDS students, faculty and staff worked together to package 20,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now.   small DSC_0063

The first step was to combine the ingredients into a bag.  Each package, which provides six meals, contains dehydrated vegetables, a soy protein, rice, and a vitamin packet.

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Filled packets were then taken to be weighed and sealed.

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Lastly, they were packed into boxes to be shipped overseas.

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Earlier this year, ACDS students learned that one of these meals costs just 25 cents.  They spent the last eight weeks collecting quarters and were able to exceed their goal of 10,000.  They ended up collecting 11,160 quarters which paid for 11,160 of the meals we packaged today.

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 To see more photos from the meal packaging event, please visit our Facebook page.

There’s no better time to nurture a child’s natural inquiry and love of learning than during the early years.  At Alexandria Country Day School, our K–2 classrooms burst with the delight of discovery as students actively engage in a challenging curriculum within a joyful and caring environment.  Additionally, a low student/teacher ratio allows the teachers to respond to the needs and interests of the children.

Learn more at our Open House for Grades K–2 on April 29 at 9:00 a.m.

  • Hear about our challenging and engaging curriculum from our Head of School and Head of Lower School
  • Sit in on a class to see our students and teachers in action
  • Learn about the entire community on a school tour

For more information, please contact Julie Lewis, Director of Admissions and Financial Aid at

Three ACDS seventh graders presented their science projects at Fairfax County’s first Engineering and Science Fair on Saturday, April 5th.  Kathryn Fronabarger’s project looked at Hydroponics, Shannon Ayres tested the effectiveness of lie detectors, and Kieran Donaldson examined the optimal angle of a trebuchet.  Among the over 100 students from Northern Virginia schools who participated, Kathryn was awarded second place and Shannon received an honorable mention in the sixth to eighth grade division.  Way to go Kathryn, Shannon, and Kieran!