Aspen Country Day School

85 Country Day Way
Aspen, CO 81611-0816
Tel: (970)925-1909
Grades: PK-8 | 190 students
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 Overview

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
Year Founded 1969

Student Body

Total Students 190 students
Student Body Type Co-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Aspen Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers 44 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio 4:1
National avg.: 13:1
Matriculation DataMatric. Data Link to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress Code Casual

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline None / Rolling
Tuition Notes Tuition ranges from $5,780 for two days per week in PreKindergarten to $25,610 for Middle School
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director Gretchen Cole


Total Sports Offered 5 sports
Sports Alpine Skiing, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, SnowboardingAlpine SkiingMountaineering,
Nordic SkiingRock Climbing,


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,

School Notes:

  • 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 (, and a wide range of top independent boarding and day schools around the country

Profile last updated: 05/25/2015

Nearby Private Schools:

The nearest high school is Cornerstone Classical School (14.9 miles away)
The nearest elementary school is Cornerstone Classical School (14.9 miles away)
The nearest preschool is Cornerstone Classical School (14.9 miles away)
All Schools High Schools Elementary Schools Preschools Public Schools
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Basalt
    Grades: PK-12 | 71 students
    14.9 miles
    20449 Highway 82
    Basalt, CO 81621
  • Carbondale
    Waldorf School On The Roaring Fork
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-8 | 152 students
    22.3 miles
    16543 Old Highway 82
    Carbondale, CO 81623
  • Crested Butte
    Grades: 8-12 | 61 students
    22.7 miles
    P O Box 1180
    Crested Butte, CO 81224
  • Carbondale
    Grades: PK-K | 98 students
    25.3 miles
    879 Euclid Avenue
    Carbondale, CO 81623
  • Carbondale
    Grades: 9-12 | 148 students
    26.1 miles
    1493 County Road 106
    Carbondale, CO 81623

School Reviews

Aspen Country Day School is a nurturing environment that encourages each student to become his or her best. The curriculum includes rigorous academics, arts and outdoor education. Each component is carefully designed to encourage a love of learning, critical thinking, problem solving and character development. Children finish ??the Journey?" ready to excel at any high school including top college preparatory schools. The pre-K through 8th grade school is small, with only two classes of 16-18 students per grade. From the youngest grades, students have specialized teachers for art, music, science, technology, drama, literacy, math and physical education. The faculty is largely composed of long-time dedicated teachers of ACDS, thus the students are well known by all teachers. This fortunate situation enables each student to be ??Known and Loved.?" ACDS provides many opportunities for students from various grades to develop relationships with each other through all-school ??Blue/Green?" competitions; Buddy grades; an All School Holiday Concert and an extremely well produced ??All School Play?" written and directed by the graduating 8th grade class each year. Approximately half of each graduating class attend excellent boarding schools each year. They arrive well prepared for the most rigorous demands. More importantly, they are well-balanced, thoughtful, caring and kind with integrity and excellent morals. We are very proud of the school and would recommend it to anyone who wants their child to be well educated in a nurturing, supportive environment with an appreciation and love of the outdoors, arts and academics.
- Posted by Parent, 08/18/15

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