Grades: PK-8 | 237 students
Children who are 2 1/2 by September 1 of the school year start in PreKindergarten, where two teachers and an assistant lead a class of 14 students each school day.
Country Day enjoys a beautiful forested campus on Castle Creek. Ponds and mountains provide an ideal natural environment for learning in the outdoors. The entire campus has been recently rebuilt with state-of-the-art classroom buildings that inspire learning and foster creativity.
Shakespeare's works come alive for children in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade each year as each grade studies a particular play, then presents it for the whole school at the Shakespeare Festival each fall.
Circling the pond are three new arts buildings: drama, music, and art centers. Children canoe at recess in the fall and spring, and ice skate on the pond in winter.
Outdoor Education trips begin in Kindergarten with an overnight at a backcountry hut, and continue with two trips per year. We venture across the Rocky Mountain West for rock climbing, mountain biking, backcountry skiing, and desert camping or kayaking. The capstone is an eight-day river trip for the Eighth Graders right before graduation.
The school mascot is the aardvark, chosen by the children in the school's earliest years. ACDS was founded in 1969 by a group of families who sought an independent school alternative in the Roaring Fork Valley. The school today is an energetic mix of East Coast sensibilities with a Western spirit of innovation and adventure.
A robust arts curriculum begins in the earliest grades and continues through Middle School as one of the signature elements of our three-part program balancing academics, arts, and outdoor education. From studio arts to music to performing arts, children develop skills and gain wide exposure to many creative avenues.
What makes Aspen Country Day School special? A personal approach to education.
Each child is known and appreciated in a community of learning, where the motto is "de amicita" - of friendship.
Located at a beautiful wooded campus on Castle Creek, Country Day is Aspen's only accredited member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
Country Day is known for its high teacher-student ratio, its strong arts, outdoor education and foreign language programs, and its traditional private-school environment of courtesy and friendship.
|School Membership(s)School Assoc.||National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
|Grades Offered||Grades Prekindergarten-8|
|Total Students||237 students|
|Student Body Type||Co-ed|
|% Students of Color||
State avg.: 24%
|Students by Grade|
Academics and Faculty
|Total Classroom Teachers||44 teachers|
|Student : Teacher Ratio||6:1
National avg.: 13:1
|Average Class Size||15 students|
|List of Courses Offered||Link to List of Courses|
|Matriculation DataMatric. Data||Link to Matriculation Data|
|Classroom Dress Code||Casual|
Finances and Admission
|Admission Deadline||None / Rolling|
|Tuition Notes||Tuition ranges from $6,530 for two days per week in PreKindergarten to $27,170 for Middle School|
|% on Financial Aid||
|Admissions Director||Gretchen Cole|
|Total Sports Offered||8 sports|
|Sports||Alpine Skiing, Climbing, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, SnowboardingAlpine Skiing, Climbing,
Kayaking, Mountain Biking,
Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing,
Rock Climbing, Snowboarding,
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||3 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Buddy grades, Middle School student council, community service clubs Buddy grades, Middle School student council,
community service clubs,
- Traditional academic curriculum prepares students for the top independent and public secondary schools in the country
- Outdoor education trips, two per year, beginning in Kindergarten
- Widely respected programs in performing and studio arts, with annual All-School Play and numerous other performances and shows
- Foreign language beginning in PreKindergarten: French and Spanish
- Graduates attend a wide variety of high schools, including public high schools in the area, Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale (www.crms.org), and a wide range of top independent boarding and day schools around the country
Profile last updated: 03/02/2016
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879 Euclid Avenue
Carbondale, CO 81623
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16543 Old Highway 82
Carbondale, CO 81623
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CarbondaleGrades: 9-12 | 148 students
1493 County Road 106
Carbondale, CO 81623