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
Adolescents "go through a complete remodeling of body, mind, emotions, friendships, and beliefs -- all at the same time!" Thoughts on exactly what is going on during these exciting tween and teen years from Middle School Head Brenda Stockdale.
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.
Effectively using an online platform for academic work is a key part of the Middle School experience. Here are some takeaways from a recent parent info session about technology, Chromebooks, and a new tool for parents to monitor kids' online behavior.
Lower School Head Jennifer Bohnen shared her "Top Ten" tips for parents at Lower School Parent Night. It's a list worth taking to heart!
In her remarks at Middle School Parent Night, division head Brenda Stockdale shares thoughts on why adolescence is such a fascinating, challenging, and rewarding stage of life. She asks: "What if we intentionally hit the RESET button at the start of each school year?"
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 the 2018-19 school year.
All about the Aspen Sister Cities program that five ACDS Seventh Graders were recently selected to participate in next year. Student exchanges with towns in Japan, Italy, Argentina, and France have been going on for more than 20 years, resulting in many strong trans-oceanic friendships and some true global learning.
A torch is passed: two-time past winner Alex J. congratulates our new ACDS Geo Bee champ, Oscar O. After besting the other nine finalists in the Fourth-Eighth Grade contest, Oscar is studying hard for the next round, which could take him to Denver for the state level championships, or even all the way to the national finals!
Aspen Country Day grads are out in the world, exploring, connecting, and getting involved. Organized by four ACDS alumnae, a "family movie night" February 9 benefits the Aspen High School Cambodian Child Rescue Center Club. It's a screening of the classic "Back to the Future."
Clearing the ponds on campus is never a chore when you're going around in circles with PE Teacher Alex T. After a few inches of snow, we're ready for some more pond hockey at recess.


  • 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
  • ability 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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