K-8, Co-educational Independent School

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Where inspired communicators lead naturally.

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Where academic rigor sparks excitement.

Where dedicated educators inspire passionate learners.

K-8 Advantage

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Where inspired communicators lead naturally.

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Where academic rigor sparks excitement.

High School Placement

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Where we inspire passionate learners.

Our Mission

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.

At a Glance

“The personal attention at ACDS has been exceptional. It’s not an individual academic program but it’s personalized. We’ve had many teachers over the years make adjustments to curriculum to provide additional challenge for our kids.”

Steven Duffield, current parent

“My son is thriving in this creative and kind community. This is the kind of school where you can tell immediately that the teachers love their jobs and their students, it shows in every interaction. My second grader is growing more independent and confident every day and the teachers do an excellent job teaching the importance of both personal responsibility and critical thinking.”

Susan Howells, current parent

“At ACDS we care for each other both inside the walls and outside the doors. I appreciate that a lot of the service projects we do are instilling in our children the fact that they are the change that we want to see in the world.”

Kisha Morris, current parent

“ACDS has allowed for tremendous growth for my children academically. Since joining this nurturing community, they have a renewed love of learning and confidence.”

Kristin Whitman, Current Parent

“Our family couldn’t be happier with ACDS. The staff and faculty devote an extraordinary amount of time and energy creating a prefect balance of academic rigor and emotional development. In the short time we’ve been part of the ACDS family, we’ve witnessed measurable advancement in our daughter’s competence, courage, and love of learning. The learning environment at ACDS challenges and inspires your child to pursue their full potential.”

Lawrence Nunn, Current Parent
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Instagram post 2193164656691287848_495590369 Spotted on campus: Alexandra ‘18 and Katie ‘18 interviewing Mr. Girard for an article they are writing for the T.C. Williams Newspaper.  #acdsalumni #onceabobcatalwaysabobcat

Spotted on campus: Alexandra ‘18 and Katie ‘18 interviewing Mr. Girard for an article they are writing for the T.C. Williams Newspaper. #acdsalumni #onceabobcatalwaysabobcat ...

Instagram post 2191511046064518413_495590369 Thank you for supporting ACDS #GivingTuesday for Service Learning! Because of your support we will package 20,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger AND have additional funds to support our local community through Service Learning! We can't thank you enough for your continued Generosity!! #ThankyouWednesday #ACDSServiceLearning #RiseAgainstHunger

Thank you for supporting ACDS #GivingTuesday for Service Learning! Because of your support we will package 20,000 meals for Rise Against Hunger AND have additional funds to support our local community through Service Learning! We can't thank you enough for your continued Generosity!! #ThankyouWednesday #ACDSServiceLearning #RiseAgainstHunger ...

Instagram post 2190994346030175908_495590369 There is still time left to donate to #GivingTuesday and help ACDS end hunger! Students will package 20,000 meals in the spring. We’re less than 6,000 meals away from our goal! $0.34 per meal is all we need. Click the link in our bio donate. #ACDSServiceLearning #RiseAgainstHunger

There is still time left to donate to #GivingTuesday and help ACDS end hunger! Students will package 20,000 meals in the spring. We’re less than 6,000 meals away from our goal! $0.34 per meal is all we need. Click the link in our bio donate. #ACDSServiceLearning #RiseAgainstHunger ...

Instagram post 2190737423922010186_495590369 Giving Tuesday is Today! Join us as we raise money for Service Learning! Dream BIG! 20,000 meals packaged to help end hunger at $0.34 each! Click the link in our bio donate. #ACDSServiceLearning #GivingTuesday

Giving Tuesday is Today! Join us as we raise money for Service Learning! Dream BIG! 20,000 meals packaged to help end hunger at $0.34 each! Click the link in our bio donate. #ACDSServiceLearning #GivingTuesday ...

Instagram post 2190158289298734758_495590369 Even when our students are away our teachers are hard at work promoting #GivingTuesday! Tomorrow is the BIG day! Help us package 20,000 meals. Click the link in our bio donate. #34centspermeal #RiseAgainstHunger #ACDSServiceLearning

Even when our students are away our teachers are hard at work promoting #GivingTuesday! Tomorrow is the BIG day! Help us package 20,000 meals. Click the link in our bio donate. #34centspermeal #RiseAgainstHunger #ACDSServiceLearning ...

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Happy Thanksgiving to all our Bobcats and their families! #acds #schoolcommunity #startstrongstarthere ...

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