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
Stories from the Journey: Maria Semple '82, author
Posted 07/09/2015 11:53AM

Bestselling author & alum Maria Semple talks shop with Middle Schoolers

Thursday, April 3, 2014: Enthusiastic young writers and readers welcomed a special guest: Maria Semple, screenwriter and award-winning author of the bestselling Where'd You Go, Bernadette. At an assembly arranged with the Aspen Writers' Foundation, Maria spoke about her years at Country Day in the 70s, her approach to writing and editing, and the importance of time and quiet to observe the world. It was a fascinating talk, and our Middle Schoolers asked many great questions. Click on the links for:

"In Mrs. Pedersen's reading class (at ACDS), I remember being handed A Tale of Two Cities, my first really serious book... That was a very profound moment, thge moment that turned me on to seruious literature. It was at ACDS that I also saw my first computer, a mysterious huge machine with punchcards; it took up the whole room."


  • 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
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Our motto, de amicitia: in the spirit of friendship

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