Who we are

At any school, it's the teachers, students, parents, alumni, and staff who make the difference. Our school family grows each year, welcoming new friends in the tradition of our school motto: de amicitia - the spirit of friendship. Some current parents were once students here themselves. Some teachers have children who have graduated and come back to canoe on the ponds or chaperone Outdoor Education trips. The sense of family and of a "school home" that children develop here on this remarkable campus -- is part of why Country Day graduates seem so grounded and confident. We are all here to raise children who go on to lives of meaning and purpose. On these pages, meet some of the people who make a difference in the lives of our students -- and of the wider world -- every day. 

News of and from the People of Country Day
Project-based learning example: Fourth Graders study electricity in science class, so they worked in teams to create an electric power grid. From tiny houses to solar panels, they connected it all, making sure that each porch light could shine bright. Best of all, it's 100% powered by renewable energy, just like our own City of Aspen!
Learning to read can seem a mysterious process -- part science, part magic. Kindergarten teacher Shelley Gill-Meisler shares thoughts on how it all comes together and the importance of reading aloud to your child every day.
from an interview with the late Charlie Hemenway, at ACDS for its first decade, eventually becoming headmaster. "I often wondered what I was getting into," he recalls of the earliest days of the school in 1970.
Profile: Jen Schumacher '98, part of a legendary family with six (count 'em) ACDS graduates, has brought her talents back to the Roaring Fork Valley in a counseling practice and non-profit to help patients from Denver Children's Hospital.
How one transformative year (Eighth Grade) set the stage for a career in politics at the highest levels. Meet Andrea Hailey '99
In honor of notification day, when hopeful would-be Aardvarks across the Roaring Fork Valley open their mailboxes, a student reflects on receiving her admissions acceptance: "Little did I know that this would be the day I became a braver person."
An artist to watch: alumnus Tony Prikryl '97, whose works inspired by our natural environment speak to the wonder and beauty of our hometown landscape... and are just plain cool.
Aardvarks in the World: alumna Maria Semple '82, bestselling author and noted screenwriter. A story on her talk about her craft with Middle School students at ACDS in 2014.
Aardvarks in the World: alumna Naomi McDougall Graham '05, filmmaker, actress
Aardvarks in the World: alumnus Pete McBride'89, documentary photographer, cinematographer, and speaker for National Geographic Live.


  • power to inspire children
  • content mastery
  • knowledge of his or her students and their needs
  • ability to teach to a variety of learning styles
  • ability to integrate technology
  • ability to collaborate effectively
  • commitment to embrace our mission and further our culture
  • ability to offer complementary skills that enrich the programs of the school
  • authentic commitment to lifelong learning through professional development
  • eagerness to serve as an effective ambassador for the school
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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