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What's in a name? "Country Day" schools
Posted 04/16/2018 07:56PM

Parents sometimes ask, "Is ACDS connected to other country day schools, like Seattle Country Day, LaJolla Country Day, or Greenwich Country Day?" The answer is no, not as an official association, but in spirit, yes.

The first country day schools were established as part of a movement in the late 1800s to combine the warmth of family life in a day school setting with the academic rigor and character-building programs of the best boarding schools. They were often sited far away from the crime, pollution, and congestion of growing cities, out in the countryside that later became American suburbia.

Today, schools like ours are leading innovation in areas such as design thinking, experiential education, and creative collaboration. Most are part of the National Association of Independent Schools.

One key part of the country day experience is the aspect of a "family school," a nurturing community where parents, teachers and classmates actively work together as partners for the benefit of each child. 

"The family school was often viewed as a small and humane alternative to the 'factory school,' where hordes of students were allegedly lumped together as anonymous and interchangeable," writes Arthur Powell in his book Lessons From Privilege: the American prep school tradition. "Students, teachers, and school heads are expected to know one another and treat one another like children and parents, brothers and sisters."

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Aspen Country Day School
85 Country Day Way Aspen, Colorado 81611
Phone: 970.925.1909
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