Alexandria Country Day School

It All Starts Here Your child`s kindergarten through eighth grade years are a crucial time for developing all dimensions of his or her intellect and character. At ACDS, we provide a more personalized experience for your child, which leads to superior preparation for continuing academic and personal success.Our curriculum and instruction challenges top students while meeting the needs of all students by offering flexibility, effective assessment, an array of methodologies, thoughtfully integrated use of technology, and a student-centered approach.
Our unique emphasis on speaking, writing, and multimedia communication skills across all curricular areas better prepares students for school, work, and life.
Our approach to assessment encourages reflection, self-awareness, and critical thinking, skills that are essential to future academic success. Our students are better able to work with others, ask questions, organize workload, and seek both challenge and support.
Our attention to balance and social-emotional learning help our students become kind, empathetic, and community-minded citizens who are able to work effectively with others and know how to engage in respectful discourse.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Other school association(s)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Nursery/Preschool-8
Year Founded1983

Student Body

Total Students224 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Alexandria Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers30 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(Khaki pants, skirt or dress and a green or white shirt or blouse)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15 / rolling
Tuition NotesGrades K-3 tuition: $30,320 Grades 3-5 tuition: $31,320 Grades 6-8 tuition: $33,700
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorLiz Hendrickson
Admissions AssociateAnn Whaley
Endowment Size$1 million


Total Sports Offered7 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Swimming, Tennis, Ultimate FrisbeeBasketballCross Country,
Ultimate Frisbee


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
We have a robust after school program with a wide range of activities offered

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Drama productions

School Notes

Application Process Age Requirements Kindergarten applicants must be five years of age by September 30 of the year they plan to enroll.
  • Application The first step in the process is to submit an application along with the $75 fee.
  • Student Visit  Student visits occur after an application has been submitted. Kindergarten and Grade 1 prospective students will visit for a half-day. Grade 2-8 prospective students will visit for a full-day. Additionally, if at all possible we will visit a Kindergarten applicant`s current school to observe the child in a familiar environment.
  • Parent Interview The parent interview is an opportunity for you to ask questions about ACDS, to further inform us about your child, and for us to get to know you. The interview will be scheduled once the application has been received.
  • Teacher Recommendations Kindergarten and Grade 1 One current teacher recommendation is required. Grades 2-8 Two current teacher recommendations are required.
  • Testing Kindergarten applicants are required to take the WPPSI-IV (Wechsler Preschool Primary Scale of Intelligence Test, Fourth Edition). First grade applicants, depending on their age, are required to take either the WPPSI-IV or the WISC-V (Wechsler Intelligence for Children, Fifth Edition). Applicants for grades 2-5 are required to take the WISC-V. Applicants for grades 6-8 are required to take the ISEE or SSAT. The school code is 472603 for ISEE and 1190 for SSAT.  Please register at (ISEE) or (SSAT).
  • School Records Kindergarten and 1st grade: please submit any records and testing information that is available. Grades 1-8: please include a transcript of all courses and grades for past years and the current year and all testing information available.
  • A completed file includes: Application Application Fee WPPSI-IV, WISC-V, ISEE or SSAT Test Results School Transcript (current year and past two years) if applicable Teacher Recommendation, one for K-1  and two for grades 2-8 Writing Sample (Grades 6-8 only) Student Visit Parent Interview
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  • School Location Miles Grades Students
  • Alexandria
    Grades: NS-8 | 210 students
    2.8 miles
    5917 Telegraph Rd
    Alexandria, VA 22310
    (571) 451-1006
    2.8 NS-8
  • Alexandria
    Grades: PK-8 | 262 students
    2.6 miles
    3700 Burgundy Road
    Alexandria, VA 22303
    (703) 329-6968
    2.6 PK-8
  • Falls Church
    Grades: NS-8 | 401 students
    5.9 miles
    3229 Sleepy Hollow Rd
    Falls Church, VA 22042
    (703) 533-1064
    5.9 NS-8
  • Alexandria
    Grades: PK-12 | 1120 students
    1.9 miles
    1000 Saint Stephens Road
    Alexandria, VA 22304
    (703) 212-2706
    1.9 PK-12
  • Alexandria
    Grades: NS-12 | 1128 students
    2 miles
    1000 Saint Stephens Road
    Alexandria, VA 22304
    (703) 212-2705
    2 NS-12

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
We have been at Alexandria Country Day School for six years now. My daughter is in 6th grade and started in K. My son is also there now and he is in 3rd grade. What we love about the school is that the small class sizes has allowed my kids to really love school. There is not a day that goes by that they are not excited to go. Heaven forbid that a doctors appointment takes place during school hours because, no matter what class they will miss, its a favorite. Additionally they have a really curiosity about everything. This curiosity is generated by the teachers and the curriculum and how they bring it alive to the students.
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My son attends this school and we have been extremely pleased with our experience. The teachers are caring and provide a top-notch education. The environment integrates play into learning. My son is excited to attend school and is doing great in this type of school culture.
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The average private school tuition in Alexandria, VA is $16,034 for elementary schools and $39,801 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Alexandria, VA is 69% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).