More ingredients in the "special sauce"

You will sometimes hear ACDS teachers, parents, alumni, and even students refer to the Country Day's "special sauce" -- the ingredients that combine to make our program and culture truly distinctive. Here are just a few examples:



Based on the age-appropriate Developmental Designs platform, the Middle School Advisory program brings students together in small groups every morning and throughout the week for personal connections and guidance. More about Advisory.

All-School Play

The annual All-School Play at the Wheeler Opera House is an original musical created by the graduating Eighth Grade class. Every child has a role, and this is one way that ACDS fosters confidence in public speaking and performance. More about the play. 

Buddy Grades

One of the joys of a journey school is the connections that form between younger and older children. Buddy Grades pair up classes for a variety of fun activities throughout the year -- or simply for friendly playtime. More about Buddy Grades.

Class Meeting

Lower School Class Meeting happens once per week in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade, led by Lower School Counselor Mary Stokes. Children learn about respectful communication, deepen their interpersonal skills, and practice mindfulness and conflict resolution. More about Class Meeting.

Community Engagement

"What am I doing to help others?" That's the question ACDS children learn to ask, and to answer, on their way toward becoming positive and responsible citizens. A variety of projects bring us out into the wider community for valuable lessons in respect and responsibility. Read more about Community Engagement.

Ski for PE days

How many American schoolchildren get to ski for gym class? We take our PE program straight to the slopes. Starting in PreKindergarten, children ski with Powder Pandas at Buttermilk, then ski a few afternoons each winter with their teachers, classmates, and parent volunteers. Middle Schoolers ski most winter Fridays in small, teacher-led groups. Read more about ski days.

Sister Cities program

Seventh Graders are eligible to apply for an exchange program in one of Aspen's Sister Cities. In the Eighth Grade year, they may be chosen to travel to Argentina, France, Italy, Japan for an extended school exchange and homestay. Read more about Sister Cities.

Social-Emotional Learning

World Leadership School in Peru

With a two-week program in Peru at the end of Seventh Grade, Middle Schoolers step outside their own comfort zones with a transformative trip that includes a homestay, international travel, service, and training to bring home powerful leadership skills for their final year at ACDS. Read more about the World Leadership School program. 

Washington, DC trip

Many schools take their Eighth Graders to Washington, as this is often the year they study US History and Civics. That's true at ACDS, but there's something even more engaging about our trip. A creative itinerary leverages the interests and passions of students, and the week is full of learning, fun, and immersion in the great ideas of American democracy. See photos from a recent trip here.

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