Alexandria Country Day works with each 8th grader and his or her family to facilitate the high school admissions process and find the best school for the student. Jim Girard, Director of High School Placement, helps families research and evaluate the various options in independent, parochial, and public schools. He and the other ACDS teachers and staff also prepare the students for their high school visits and interviews.

Our graduates are thoughtful, academic leaders who excel in all they do whether it’s drama, athletics, or student leadership. Over the past four years, ACDS students have been accepted by and/or matriculated to the following schools:

Independent Schools

Edmund Burke School

Episcopal High School

The Field School

Flint Hill School

Georgetown Preparatory School

The Heights

The Madeira School

Maret School

National Cathedral School

The Potomac School

Shady Side Academy (Pittsburgh, PA)

Sidwell Friends School

St. Albans School

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School

St. Anslem’s Abbey School

St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School


Catholic Schools

Bishop Ireton High School

Bishop O’Connell High School

Elizabeth Seton High School

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

Gonzaga College High School

St. John’s College High School

St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School

St. Mary’s Ryken High School

Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart


Boarding Schools

Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA)

Christchurch School (Christchurch, VA)

Emma Willard School (Troy, NY)

Foxcroft School (Middleburg, VA)

The Hill School (Pottstown, PA)

IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)

Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, PA)

Millbrook School (Millbrook, NY)

Portsmouth Abbey School (Portsmouth, RI)

St. Andrew’s School (Barrington, RI)

Stuart Hall (Staunton, VA)

Suffield Academy (Suffield, CT)

Tabor Academy (Marion, MA)

Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT)

Woodberry Forest School (Woodberry Forest, VA)


Public Schools

Annandale High School (Annandale, VA)

Thomas Alva Edison High School (Alexandria, VA)

Forest Park High School IT Program (Woodbridge, VA)

Langley High School (McLean, VA)

Lake Braddock High School (Burke, VA)

Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax, VA)

T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria, VA)

T.C. Williams High School STEM Academy (Alexandria, VA)

Washington-Lee High School (Arlington, VA)

West Potomac High School (Alexandria, VA)

Yorktown High School (Arlington, VA)