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Alexandria Country Day School
School Name:
Alexandria Country Day School
Street Address:
2400 Russell Road
Alexandria, VA 22301
Head of School:
Mr. Scott Baytosh
Founding Date:
Religious Affiliation:
Full Accreditation
Day / Boarding:
Day Only
Grade Levels:
Enrollment Size:
Social Media:
Admissions Contact:
Admissions Email:
3/14/2018 4:16:00 PM Nondenominational School
Mission / Philosophy / Objectives:

Mission Statement

Challenge students intellectually; inspire their confidence, curiosity, and creativity; and prepare them to thrive in a diverse and complex world by ensuring that they are independent learners, effective communicators, community minded citizens, and balanced individuals.

Our Program

Small classes, highly qualified teachers, excellent resources, and forward-thinking leadership. These assets support a program that is academically challenging, personalized, joyful, and focused on preparing each child for success in a diverse and complex world. Our caring teachers build relationships with their students and understand their strengths, challenges, and interests. Students become excellent communicators, critical thinkers, and effective problem solvers because of their engagement with meaningful curriculum, skilled and passionate teachers, and our robust and integrated approach to social-emotional learning. A spirit of discovery enlivens our classrooms, and play reinforces and is integrated with study, making learning both rigorous and joyful. Our unique emphasis on speaking, writing, and multimedia expression ensures that our students distinguish themselves as effective communicators at an early age. Technology is integrated thoughtfully into instruction, balancing tech-enhanced experiences with hands-on, tactile work. Extensive opportunities in the arts, physical education, and service bring balance to their studies and provide expansive opportunities for students to develop and explore their myriad talents and passions.  

Schools Attended by Graduates

Students attend an array of independent, public, parochial and boarding high schools well-suited to their skills, style, and interests.  Schools students have attended recently include: Bishop Ireton School, Christchurch School, Episcopal High School, Duke Ellington School of the Arts, Field School, Gonzaga College High School, The Madeira School, Maret School, Mercersburg Academy, National Cathedral School, Phillips Exeter Academy, The Potomac School, Sidwell Friends School, St. Albans School, St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School, T.C. Williams High School, and West Potomac High School.

School Fast Facts:

Alexandria Country Day School At A Glance

  • Co-educational, Kindergarten through 8th grade

  • Independent, nonsectarian day school

  • 187 students

  • Student/teacher ratio of 7:1

  • Average class size of 13

  • Rigorous academic curriculum designed to prepare students for the challenges of the twenty-first century

  • Unique emphasis on speaking, writing, and multimedia expression to ensure our students distinguish themselves as effective communicators. 

  • Robust music, performing and fine arts curriculum

  • Dynamic service learning program
  • Soccer, basketball, swimming, cross country, tennis, Ultimate Frisbee, and softball interscholastic teams

  • Spanish language instruction in all grades

  • 1:1 iPads all grades K-5, 1:1 Macbooks in grades 6-8

  • Innovation Lab with 3D printers, video production equipment, and maker space
  • ACDS graduates from 2016-2019 are currently attending 35 different high schools

  • Lunch program available for a fee

  • Located in the Del Ray neighborhood of Alexandria

  • Founded in 1983

Accreditation and Association Memberships

  • Alexandria Country Day School is an accredited member of the the Virginia Association of Independent Schools.
  • Founding member of the Emerging Scholars Program
  • A member of the National Association of Independent Schools, the Black Student Fund, and the Latino Student Fund.


2019-2020 Tuition and Fees

  • Tuition K - 2: $30,320
  • Tuition 3-5: $31,320
  • Tuition 6 - 8: $33,700
  • 29% of families receive need-based tuition assistance
  • A.M. and P.M. Care available for an additional fee
  • Bus transportation, both round-trip and one-way, available for an additional fee
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