Aspen Country Day School

Aspen Country Day School Photo #1 - 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 was redone and reopened in 2016 with state-of-the-art classroom buildings that inspire learning and foster creativity.
Aspen Country Day School Photo #2 - A robust arts curriculum begins in the earliest grades and continues through Middle School as one of the signature elements of ACDS's 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.
Aspen Country Day School Photo #3 - Circling the pond are three arts buildings completed in 2013: drama, music, and art centers. Children canoe at recess in the fall and spring, and ice skate on the pond in winter.
Aspen Country Day School Photo #4 - Outdoor Education trips begin in Kindergarten with a gentle introduction to hiking (complete with s'mores and campfire). Expeditions continue with two trips per year for each grade. 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.
Aspen Country Day School Photo #5 - 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.
Aspen Country Day School Photo #6 - 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.
Aspen Country Day School Photo #7 - A national-level independent school high in the mountains of Colorado, Aspen Country Day School is a destination for families that seek a solid foundational academic preparation along with that essential ingredient for a lifetime of enthusiastic learning: joy.
Aspen Country Day School Photo #8 - Children who are 2 1/2 by September 1 of the school year start in PreKindergarten, where three teachers lead a class of 14 students each school day.
  • In a welcoming community, on a spectacular mountain campus, children are challenged and inspired by talented teachers.
  • The mountain ideal of vitality in mind, body, and spirit is at the heart of the program, which balances rigorous academics, creative arts, and outdoor adventure.
  • Children become critical thinkers ready for a lifetime of learning, and a rich arts program fuels creativity.
  • On two outdoor expeditions each year starting in Kindergarten, children become campers, bikers, hikers, skiers, climbers, and paddlers.
  • They grow up with a strong sense of place and a wholesome sense of self.
  • At Aspen Country Day, children simply love to come to school. Country Day is Aspen's only accredited member of the National Association of Independent Schools.
  • Graduates excel at high schools, public and private, across the country.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association for Experiential Education (AEE)
Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded1969

Student Body

Total Students285 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 23%
Students by Grade Aspen Country Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers45 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 1 / rolling
Tuition NotesTuition ranges from $8,240 for two days per week in PreKindergarten to $30,290 for Middle School
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorSusan Glah


Total Sports Offered9 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Climbing, Ice Hockey, Kayaking, Mountain Biking, Mountaineering, Nordic Skiing, Rock Climbing, SnowboardingAlpine SkiingClimbing,
Ice HockeyKayaking,
Mountain BikingMountaineering,
Nordic SkiingRock Climbing,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.3 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Buddy grades

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Outdoor Education trips, Ski days

School Notes

  • Traditional academic curriculum prepares students for the top independent and public secondary schools in the country
  • Outdoor education trips, two per year, begin in Kindergarten
  • Strong program in performing and studio arts, with annual All-School Play, Lower School Shakespeare Festival, and numerous other performances and shows
  • World language beginning in PreKindergarten: French and Spanish
  • Graduates earn admission to top-choice high schools, including Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale (, and a wide range of top independent boarding and day schools around the country

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  • Carbondale
    Grades: 9-12 | 167 students
    26.1 miles
    500 Holden Way
    Carbondale, CO 81623
    (970) 963-2562
    26.1 9-12
  • Carbondale
    Grades: NS-PK | 98 students
    25.3 miles
    879 Euclid Avenue
    Carbondale, CO 81623
    (970) 963-3506
    25.3 NS-PK
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    Waldorf School On The Roaring Fork
    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-8 | 187 students
    22.3 miles
    16543 Old Highway 82
    Carbondale, CO 81623
    (970) 963-1960
    22.3 PK-8
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    Special Program Emphasis
    Grades: PK-12 | 371 students
    568.1 miles
    5521 Warm Springs Ave
    Boise, ID 83716
    (208) 424-5000
    568.1 PK-12

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.
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