24 25 ACDS works closely with each eighth grader and his or her family to facilitate the high school admissions process and find the best school for the student. Zoha Siddiqui ‘15 As an ACDS seventh grader, Zoha chose to research and speak about girls’ education in Pakistan for her Speeches & Sweets speech. That speech, along with a passion for service nurtured at ACDS, inspired Zoha to continue to further her understanding of the challenges facing girls in Pakistan and take action. During her ninth grade year at Sidwell Friends School, she partnered with the ACDS fourth grade and members of her high school community to collect approximately 2,500 books. She used those books to build a library at a girls’ school in Pakistan in March 2016. With a friend, she has recently started an organization, HER, to support girls’ education around the world and set a goal to build four more libraries in 2016–2017. Dana Frantz Bentley ‘94 An accomplished educator and author, Dana attended St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School for high school and Georgetown University after her time at ACDS. She then received a Masters degree from Harvard University and a Doctorate of Education, Art and Art Education from Teachers College, Columbia University. A preschool teacher and researcher at Buckingham, Browne and Nichols School in Cambridge, MA, and the author of Everyday Artists: Inquiry and Creativity in the Early Childhood Classroom, Dana returned to ACDS in November 2014 to speak to current and retired faculty and staff. In her speech, she thanked her teachers for inspiring her career path and for teaching her to ask, “What might be possible?” Andrew Vallaster ‘11 Currently a double major in mathematics and computer science at the University of Chicago, Andrew developed his love of learning, especially in mathematics, during his nine years at ACDS. The foundation he built at ACDS, both academically and socially, allowed him to thrive during his high school years at St. Albans. Continuing his love of mathematics and science, he was captain of the J.E.T.S. team, a competitive physics and chemistry team, that won States each of his four years. He was also a successful member of the school’s math team. As a double varsity athlete in cross country and rowing, he helped lead the St. Albans rowing team to a Stotesbury Gold his senior year. Our current high-school-aged alumni are attending 38 different independent, public, Catholic, and boarding schools, including: Bishop Ireton High School Emma Willard School (NY) Episcopal High School The Field School Georgetown Visitation Gonzaga College High School Maret School Mercersberg Academy (PA) National Cathedral School Sidwell Friends School St. Albans School St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School T.C. Williams High School For a complete list, go to acdsnet.org/admissions/after-acds Zoha ‘15 (second from right) opens a school library in Pakistan.  In 2014, Andrew ‘11 is awarded the rank of Eagle Scout in a ceremony held at ACDS.  Dana ‘94 (middle) poses with Founding Head of School Joan Barton and retired teacher Anne Sullivan on a recent visit to ACDS. AFTER ACDS TUITION Kindergarten–Grade 3 . . $28,500 Grades 4–8 . . . . . . . . . . . $30,800 FEES Bus Service (yearly) . . . . . . $1,600 one way $2,140 round-trip Hot Lunch Program . . . . . . Fees vary based on usage AM/PM Care . . . . . . . . . . . Fees vary based on usage For current fees for the hot lunch program or for AM/PM care, please email Robert Powers, Business Manager, at rpowers@acdsnet.org. DEPOSIT AND PAYMENT PLANS Upon enrollment, a non-refundable $1,000 deposit is due, along with a signed contract, on or before March 16, 2018. Families may select one of the following payment plans; the deposit is deducted from the balance due: Annual Payment Payment in full, due on or before July 1 Trimester Plan Three payments due June, September, and January Monthly Payments Ten equal payments beginning in June FINANCIAL AID ACDS provides $610,000 in need-based financial aid to 26% of its families each year. Alexandria Country Day School does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, financial aid program, or any other school-administered programs. for the 2017–18 school year TUITION & FEES 2400 Russell Road, Alexandria, VA 22301 703.548.4804 www.acdsnet.org