Welcome to the website of Alexandria Country Day School, a dynamic independent day school for girls and boys from kindergarten through the 8th grade.
The educational experience of a K-8 school has been shown to be one of the healthiest and most productive for all children, and the ACDS community exemplifies all the elements of the best K-8 schools: a well-rounded education, small classes, engaged and experienced teachers, an academically-challenging curriculum, a competitive inclusive athletics program, and a supportive parent community. With the confidence and self-esteem a K-8 school provides, it is no surprise that children who graduate from ACDS are accepted into the high schools of their choice and excel in the most competitive high schools in the area including Gonzaga, T.C Williams, the Potomac School, Madeira, St. Stephens & St. Agnes, the Field School, Episcopal High School, and Sidwell Friends just to name a few.
ACDS has grown each year since it was founded in 1983. In September of 2010 we celebrated the addition of 14,000 square feet of space, including a new regulation-sized gymnasium, a cafeteria, and a dedicated performing arts center. These facilities complete the campus and enhance the academic and athletic programs.
We are a close-knit community that values and nurtures the relationship among teachers, parents, and students. Each year, we review and improve our curriculum and we are accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. Our vision for each academic year is clear: we want to bring out the best in each student—academically and socially, as scholars, athletes, artists, writers, scientists, and honorable citizens.
If you are the parent of a young child searching for a nurturing kindergarten environment or the parent of an older child seeking a rigorous and supportive program during the challenging middle school years, we invite you to explore our website, become acquainted with our programs and teachers, and most importantly, visit the school to see our mission statement come alive in the spirit and the special atmosphere that characterizes ACDS. We look forward to meeting you soon.
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ACDS Mission Statement
Alexandria Country Day School is a dynamic, K-8 independent school community that values academic excellence, character, independent thinking, citizenship, and respect for others. We inspire in our students creativity, enthusiasm for learning, and confidence through a stimulating academic program, athletics, the arts, and community service.