Academics

STEAM Education - Elementary SchoolOur students learn, grow and become global citizens in an opportunity-rich, high-challenge, low-stress environment.

Almaden Country Day School’s instructional program is founded on a well-rounded, rigorous curriculum that features:

  • Coding
  • Arts
  • Drama
  • Music
  • Foreign languages
  • Language arts and literature
  • Mathematics
  • Invention and design (The Imaginarium)
  • Physical Education
  • Hands-on Science and STEAM
  • Robotics
  • Speech and debate
  • Technology
  • and more than 20 Middle School electives

These courses and other enrichments -- combined with small class sizes -- create a highly personalized and engaging learning experience for every child at our school.

The ACDS curriculum is designed to exceed Common Core and national academic content-area standards, while affording our teachers flexibility to meet the needs of individual children. Proven across more than three decades, our academic standards prepare ACDS students for the most selective, rigorous high schools and universities in the area. We do not "teach to the test"; however, our eighth graders consistently average above the 90th percentile on standardized achievement and Catholic High School (HSPT) admission tests.

Our innovative teachers tailor instruction creatively to the interests and learning styles of each child we serve, as we strive to accomplish our mission of discovering the gifts in every child.

ACDS teachers implement a wide variety teaching strategies, which is reflected across the grades and subjects in hands-on activities, an emphasis on project-and problem-based learning, and regular small group collaborative assignments. Our teachers build interdisciplinary connections among different content areas so that students see the relevance and connections between the subjects they study.

Learning opportunities extend beyond the classroom with an exciting array of field trips, excursions, and experiential learning opportunities for children at every grade level, including overnight outings beginning in 4th grade.

ACDS is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS). In 2016, we received a seven-year term of accreditation, the maximum awarded by CAIS.

For more information about our instructional program, please contact Assistant Head, Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Mrs. Cecilia Robb or Assistant Head, Middle School, Mr. Jeremy Adams.

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