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
Introducing Liz Sinkinson, who is the first person most Lower School families see when they come to campus every morning. As Lower School Assistant, Liz keeps a calm hand and a cheerful demeanor in helping each of our smallest Aardvarks and their many questions and requests.
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!
What is mindfulness all about at Country Day? Does the school still use the MindUP curriculum? What else is new in the world of social-emotional learning? As ACDS renews its longstanding commitment to the wellbeing of students, here are some interesting answers to your questions about the student experience.
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.


  • 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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