K-8, Co-educational Independent School



Is there an age requirement for Kindergarten?

Students must turn 5 by September 30th of the year they enter Kindergarten.

How long is the school day?

The school day begins at 8:10am and ends at 3:00pm.  AM and PM Care are available for an additional fee from 7:00 – 8:00am and 3:00 – 6:00pm.

Is lunch provided?

There is a hot lunch program available for an additional fee five days a week through Meriwether Godsey. Each day, Monday through Thursday, the choices include a hot meal, salad, soup and/or a sandwich. Vegetarian options are also available. Pizza is offered on Fridays. Students who choose to bring their own lunch can purchase milk.

Is there transportation available?

Typically, Bus transportation to and from ACDS from most of the Washington, DC metropolitan area is available for an additional fee.  Our current provider will not be providing service this fall due to COVID-19 restrictions so we are currently looking for another option.  Please contact Summer Sonner at ssonner@acdsnet.org for more information.

Are there uniforms?

At ACDS we believe that the content of a student’s mind and character is what is most important. Therefore, we require our students to dress in accordance with the following dress code:

• Hunter green or white knit polo shirts or dresses with a collar or turtleneck

• Khaki pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, capris or jumpers

• Enclosed soft sole shoe

• White or hunter green sweaters or sweatshirts (with or without hoods) are also permitted

Is the school accredited?

ACDS is accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS). The school is a member of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Independent School Management (ISM), Elementary Schools Heads Association, The Parents Council of Washington, Latino Student Fund, Emerging Scholars, International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), Educational Records Bureau (ERB), and Enrollment Management Association.

When is the application deadline?

Applications are accepted beginning in September and should be submitted no later than January 15, 2021 for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications submitted after January 15 will be considered under a rolling admissions policy. 

Is tuition inclusive of all fees?

Although tuition covers the majority of our program, the following additional fees may apply:

ACDS will provide the majority of the necessary school supplies for the school year. A list of school supplies that we are asking parents to supply will be provided.

ACDS provides an optional hot-lunch program through Meriwether Godsey  with a menu that changes daily. Students can elect to participate in this program or bring their own lunch. ACDS also has a milk program in which brown-baggers can elect to participate.

ACDS provides before-school and after-school (A.M. and P.M.) care on a drop-in basis ($12/hour) and on a trimester contract basis. For the 2019-2020 school year, A.M. and P.M. Care contract costs for the trimester are $1,458 for A.M. care (5 days per week, 7am-8am) and $2,916 for P.M. care (5 days per week, 3pm-6pm).  Additional plan options are available depending on usage.

Bus transportation to and from ACDS from most of the Washington, DC metropolitan area is typically available for an additional fee.  We are currently working on a solution for transportation for fall of 2020 due to COVID-19.

The ACDS Association of Parents (AP) dues are $125 per student. These dues cover faculty appreciation activities and gifts as well as fund class parties and school-wide events sponsored by the AP.

Do you offer financial aid?

Need-based Financial Aid is available to students at ACDS. In order for us to allocate our resources wisely and fairly, we have enlisted the help of Independent School Management’s FAST (Financial Aid for School Tuition) program. ISM’s FAST does not decide whether financial assistance will be given or how much to give, rather FAST provides the school with a report, which includes a recommendation of what a family should reasonably contribute toward tuition. Financial aid grants are made for one school year only; recipients must reapply for financial aid each year. Applications for tuition assistance should be completed no later than February 14 for the school year starting the following September.

What is your student/teacher ratio?

Our student/teacher ratio is 7:1.

What is your average class size?

Our average class size is 13.

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