K-8, Co-educational Independent School


High School Placement

“We were looking for K-12, but ACDS parents sold me on K-8. I am glad that Lily had the experience of a transition and application process before she does it for college. I think that’s a huge advantage for her. She’s toured schools, written essays, filled out applications, had her friends go to separate schools, and had to navigate a new school and make new friends.”
– Amanda Altree, Alumni Parent

ACDS works with each 8th grader and their family to facilitate the high school admissions process and find the best fit school for the student. Jim Girard, Director of High School Placement, helps families research and evaluate the various options in independent, parochial, and public schools. He and the other ACDS teachers and staff also prepare the students for their high school visits and interviews.

Our graduates are thoughtful leaders who excel academically, artistically, and athletically. Four alumni and their parents recently returned to ACDS to talk about the experience of transitioning from ACDS to high school. Watch their panel discussion below. 

Teacher Richardson with Students

Over the past four years, ACDS students have been accepted by and/or matriculated to the following schools:

The Calverton School*Bishop Ireton High School*Asheville School (Asheville, NC)Alexandria City High School (Alexandria, VA)*
Commonwealth Academy*Bishop McNamara High SchoolBlue Ridge School (St. George, VA)Alexandria City High School STEM Academy (Alexandria, VA)*
Edmund Burke SchoolBishop O’Connell High School*Christchurch School (Christchurch, VA)McLean High School (McLean, VA)*
Episcopal High School*DeMatha Catholic High School*Cushing Academy (Ashburnham, MA)Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax, VA)*
The Field School*Elizabeth Seton High School*Emma Willard School (Troy, NY)*Washington-Liberty High School (Arlington, VA)*
Flint Hill SchoolGeorgetown Visitation Preparatory School*Foxcroft School (Middleburg, VA)West Potomac High School (Alexandria, VA)*
Georgetown Preparatory SchoolGonzaga College High School*The Hotchkiss School (Lakeville, CT)
Holton-Arms SchoolSt. John’s College High School*The Hill School (Pottstown, PA)
International School of Brussels*Stone Ridge School of the Sacred HeartMercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, PA)*
Landon SchoolMiddlesex School (Concord, MA)
The Madeira School*McCallie School (Chattanooga, TN)
Maret School*Portsmouth Abbey School (Portsmouth, RI)
National Cathedral School*Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH)
The Potomac School*Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT)
Sidwell Friends SchoolSt. Andrew’s School (Middletown, DE)*
St. Albans School*Woodberry Forest School (Woodberry Forest, VA)
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School
St. Anslem's Abbey School*
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School*
Washington Waldorf School*

*Denotes a school where one or more ACDS alum is enrolled for 2023-2024.

Over the past four years, ACDS students have been accepted by and/or matriculated to the following schools:

Edmund Burke School*
Episcopal High School*
The Field School*
Flint Hill School*
Georgetown Preparatory School
Holton Arms School
The Heights*
Landon School
The Madeira School*
Maret School*
National Cathedral School*
Porter Gaud School (Charleston, SC)*
The Potomac School*
Sidwell Friends School*
St. Albans School*
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Day School
St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes School*

Bishop Ireton High School*
Bishop O’Connell High School*
Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School*
Gonzaga College High School*
St. John’s College High School
St. John Paul the Great Catholic High School*
Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart*

Blue Ridge School (St. George, VA)*
Christchurch School (Christchurch, VA)*
The Hill School (Pottstown, PA)
IMG Academy (Bradenton, FL)*
Mercersburg Academy (Mercersburg, PA)*
Millbrook School (Millbrook, NY)
Portsmouth Abbey School (Portsmouth, RI)
St. Andrew’s School (Barrington, RI)
Stuart Hall (Staunton, VA)
Suffield Academy (Suffield, CT)
Tabor Academy (Marion, MA)*
Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH)*
Pomfret School (Pomfret, CT)*
Woodberry Forest School (Woodberry Forest, VA)*

Annandale High School (Annandale, VA)*
Forest Park High School IT Program (Woodbridge, VA)*
J.E.B. Stuart High School (Falls Church, VA)*
Lake Braddock High School (Burke, VA)*
Robinson Secondary School (Fairfax, VA)*
T.C. Williams High School (Alexandria, VA)*
T.C. Williams High School STEM Academy (Alexandria, VA)*
Washington-Lee High School (Arlington, VA)*
West Potomac High School (Alexandria, VA)*

*Denotes a school where one or more ACDS alum is enrolled for 2020-2021.

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