A top-notch partner
Sage Dining, a company that provides food services to more than 200 independent schools and colleges nationwide, runs our lunch program.
Fresh, wholesome food
Sage cooks real food from scratch. Everything starts with fresh, raw ingredients, mostly organic and often locally sourced. All food is prepared right in our own kitchen by trained chefs. As they note, "We roast our own deli meats. We use the freshest local produce available. We buy cage-free, Certified Humane® eggs and antibiotic- and hormone-free milk. We only use trans fat-free oils and MSG-free seasonings."
More variety for better nutrition (and relief for picky eaters)
When we considered food options, we knew that offering a variety of different options every day is important. From fresh salads to a sandwich bar, from soups to hot entrees, everything is homemade, fresh, and delicious. Sage chefs are skilled at handling issues like allergies and food sensitivities. We work with the chefs to devise menus from the 4,433 different recipes Sage offers.
A community-oriented lunch
The dining hall has a mix of round and rectangular tables. Lower School students eat lunch with their teachers and classmates; Middle School students have an advisory lunch once per week and occasional family-style lunches throughout the year.
All-inclusive: one annual fee for food at school
DINING HALL FEE
$1,160 (Kindergarten to Fifth Grade)
$1,600 (Sixth to Eighth Grade)
All lunches at school are included. For Middle School, a robust mid-morning snack is also included. Every day at lunch, children choose from a wide variety of healthy choices for hot lunch (with vegetarian and gluten-free options), two choices of soup, and a well-stocked salad bar. Dessert is served on Fridays, and fresh fruit is offered daily. We have heard enthusiastic feedback from parents about this "all-inclusive" system where children can eat all they like, with plenty of healthy choices every day.
A commitment to lunch
Even with the current fee system, the school continues to subsidize the lunch program (previous food service operations have required subsidies as well). In recognition that mealtime is such an important part of the learning experience for children at ACDS, our Board of Trustees has enthusiastically committed to this program.
The lunch fee, along with other standard fees, may be spread out over the course of the school year via the same TADS billing system used for tuition.