Facts & stats
|Students:||261 in 2018-19|
|Grades:||PreK Three to Eighth Grade|
|Faculty & staff:||65|
|Opened:||September 8, 1970|
|Students receiving need-based financial aid:||22 percent|
|Accredited:||Association of Colorado Independent Schools|
|Member:||National Association of Independent Schools|
|Campus partner:||Aspen Music Festival & School|
|Complete campus redevelopment finished:||October 2018|
|Students residing in Aspen School District:||58%|
|Students residing in RE1 School District:||42%|
Curious about ACDS? get your fresh data here.
A thoughtful story about early childhood education and the Aspen Community Foundation's efforts to increase its availability, accessibility, and quality in the Roaring Fork Valley. As this op-ed notes, ACDS is one of only three childcare providers in the valley to hold the five-star rating from Colorado Shines, and the only preschool program with that rating in our region.
What, if anything, connects our school to other "country day schools" around the United States? A look at the movement and tradition behind these most American of independent schools.
When it comes to how students actually learn, periodic absences are far more of a problem than a snow day or two. So says this fascinating Harvard Kennedy School of Government study.
There's a myth that it's OK to wait until MIddle School to enroll in Country Day. Fact is, well over half our students started in the earliest grades (PreK or Kindergarten), and only eight percent start in Sixth Grade or later. Don't wait!
Our school's creative approach to managing growing enrollment was showcased in a national magazine for independent school professionals, giving new meaning to our current favorite hashtag: #thriving
There's a myth that ACDS is just for families from Aspen. Truth is, right from the first-ever day of school in 1970, students came from throughout the valley. Here, latest stats.
How has ACDS grown over time? From 3 students in the first graduating class, the school has had solid enrollment in the past four decades. Now on a path to right-sizing with two sections in each grade, ACDS had a record 208 students in 2014-15 and has full classes with wait pools for spots in many grades.