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San Jose Private Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary & Middle School

Our students gain confidence and thrive in an opportunity-rich, high-challenge, low-stress environment.

Founded on Balance

Almaden Country Day School’s instructional program is founded on balance: academic rigor, character development, and joyful learning.


Middle School electives


No-cut sports


Taught in our labs
and outdoor garden


For inventing,
and design




Spanish, French,
and Mandarin


Coding and
programming in
science and electives

Big Buddies

Pairing older students
with our youngest
for activities

An Individualized, Engaging Learning Experience for Children

Through a developmental instructional approach, which is supported by research and endorsed by leading international education experts including Dr. Diane Ravitch, Sir Ken Robinson, Stanford’s Dr. Jo Boaler, and others, our students are inspired to pursue a wide range of academic interests and options beyond our core curriculum. ACDS students become curious, confident, self-directed learners who thrive in a high-opportunity, low-stress campus environment.

Read More about A Developmental Instructional Approach
Learn how our ACDS curriculum exceeds the standards

The ACDS curriculum itself is designed to exceed state and national academic content-area standards, while affording our teachers considerable flexibility to meet the learning needs of individual children. Teachers are supported by our Learning Support Coordinator (LSC) whose role is to identify and provide ongoing support for students who need more help or more of a challenge. including high-achieving students who require more demanding lesson extensions.

Read More about Exceeding the Standards

Above all, the ACDS instructional program is about balance: academic rigor, character development, and joyful learning.


ACDS is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS) and a member of the National Association of Independent Schools. 
For more information about our instructional program, please contact Head of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Ms. Jane Murphy or Head of Middle School, Mr. Jeremy Adams.