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 -- the sense 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
Building the strongest possible academic foundation means building the strongest possible team of teachers to work with children in all grades at ACDS, PreK through Eighth Grade. Here's the lineup for 2017-18.
Cover to cover: something for every Aardvark in the newly revived magazine for the Aspen Country Day community, The Ponds.
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.
The Aspen Energy Challenge is a competition among communities around the nation to see how much we can do to reduce our energy footprint. Gretchen Bleiler '96 is on board via her new company ALEX bottle.
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.
All about traditions: a teacher costume theme for Halloween, that favorite holiday of off-season Aspen. Each year, it's a big surprise. Teachers join in the traditional costume parade along the path by the ponds.
From a series profiling the teachers and staff of Aspen Country Day School. Lise Sansom, Lower School Science teacher, says her passion comes from the "excitement children have for finding out about something as tiny as an ant or as large as a dinosaur."
From a series profiling the teachers and staff of Aspen Country Day School. Morgan Henschke, who moved over to ACDS from the Aspen public schools this fall to become our full-time Director of Social Emotional Learning. Favorite core value? Community, "because it makes all the others possible."
Meet the teachers and staff of Aspen Country Day School. Paula Prikryl, teaching in the PreKindergarten program since its earliest days. Favorite ACDS core value? Perseverance.
Unpacking the book bag: faculty and staff at ACDS share a few titles from their piles of summer reading, including novels, non-fiction, magazines, and more.
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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