The Aspen Country Day Story

The school was founded in 1969 by a group of parents led by Edgar Stern, then chairman of the Aspen Music Festival, and Carter Hall, formerly of St. Albans School in Washington, DC and Metairie Park Country Day School in New Orleans. The parents, teachers, and leaders of the school in those days envisioned an academically engaging day school for Roaring Fork Valley children. The opening ceremony was September 8, 1970. To this day, ACDS families and faculty enjoy a strong sense of community, creating together a special place where children feel challenged and loved.

The campus, once the location of a silver mining operation, was originally developed in the style of an English country estate. In the 1920s it became a resort called the Four Seasons and once served as a country club for guests of the Hotel Jerome.

Since ACDS was founded, we have shared our campus with the Music Associates of Aspen; the Aspen Music Festival & School meets here in the summers. In a major redevelopment that was agreed upon in 2007 and launched in 2012, the entire campus has become even more spectacular, with a total of 13 new buildings housing arts programs, a gymnasium, dining hall, and many state-of-the-art classrooms. At the heart of the campus are the ponds where children skate in winter and canoe in fall and spring. In this unique setting, students are surrounded by natural beauty that feeds the growing soul. 

Over the years that Aspen Country Day School has grown and changed, it has always held fast to its core mission of academic challenge and creative learning. Aspen Country Day School is an accredited member of the Association of Colorado Independent Schools, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Secondary Schools Admission Test Board and is recognized by the Colorado Board of Education. It is governed by a Board of Trustees made up of parents and leaders in the Aspen community.


My hope is that our school will become a place where children, parents, and teachers come to learn, a place the community respects because of its contribution to the people of Aspen, a place we can all be proud of because we want it for our children and we have been responsible for its continuing growth.

Charles J. Hemenway, Headmaster, 1974 



1969 Carter Hall, Jr.
1972 Charles Hemenway
1980 Dick Marr
1984 Ron Penny
1988 Barry Coppock
1989 Ashley Owen
1991 Bart F. Pepitone
1994 Shelley Supplee
1999 John H. Suitor
2014 Josh Wolman

Aspen Country Day School
85 Country Day Way Aspen, Colorado 81611
Phone: 970.925.1909
Time to consider ACDS

Our PreK to Eighth Grade school in the mountains of Colorado

The Way School Should Be

With a balance of nurture and rigor, children become their best

The Power of Three

Rigorous academics, creative arts, outdoor education

A welcoming community

Our motto, de amicitia: in the spirit of friendship

Out into the wide world

Alums carry the Aardvark spirit far and wide

A culture of generosity

Many ways to help make Country Day's future even brighter

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