Handbook 

policies and procedures

For students and parents, here are explanations and expectations for many aspects of school life.

A: about ACDS: mission, core values, mascot, motto, school song

D: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement

At Aspen Country Day School, we believe that diversity, equity, and inclusion are essential to the fulfillment of our school’s mission, to the achievement of educational excellence, and to the creation of a better world. We are committed to building a community that welcomes diversity of many kinds including race, gender, family structure, ethnicity, learning style, religion, sexual orientation, and economic background. We strive to create an inclusive community where all people are treated with respect and dignity. Aspen Country Day School is a place where multiple perspectives and experiences are encouraged both inside and outside the classroom, and where students from all cultures and backgrounds can succeed. 

E: Educational program: academic expectations, assessments, homework, grading, testing, and more

It is the practice of the school to give regular and meaningful homework in a developmentally appropriate manner. Daily reading – aloud or independently – is part of the culture of learning at Country Day, and it is expected that all students will spend meaningful time each day reading for enjoyment, schoolwork, or both. 
     Middle School students should expect homework nightly, though not necessarily in every subject. Generally, no more than two tests, projects, or major assignments are scheduled for the same day.  Homework may be assigned over a weekend. 

A: Assessments: exams, grading, parent-teacher conferences, report cards

Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled for late fall (usually early November) and late winter (usually mid-March). Parents sign up online; instructions are sent by email several weeks ahead. At these important meetings, teachers and parents discuss progress as well as strategies for supporting or challenging the student as the year continues. Middle School students lead their own spring conferences, presenting a portfolio and reflections upon their academic work. 

Written report cards are prepared at the end of each semester and accessed by parents through the mycountryday portal. Sixth through Eighth Graders earn letter grades. The report cards are intended to give families a more in-depth look at how students are learning. Teachers frequently touch base with parents and are always available for updates on academic and social growth.

Coming soon


    • TueOct22 Fourth Grade Outdoor Ed, mountain biking, returning Thursday
    • ThuOct24 Kids First teacher professional day; no school for PreK
    • FriOct25 Fall break, no school
    • FriNov01 Parent-Teacher Conferences, no school for students
    • MonNov04 Eighth Grade Washington, DC trip, returning Friday
    • WedNov20 Meeting of the Board of Trustees
    • MonNov25 Thanksgiving break, one week
    • MonDec02 School resumes after Thanksgiving break
    • FriDec20 Holiday Sing, winter break begins after the concert
    • MonDec23 Winter break, week one of two
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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