San Jose Private Elementary School
At Almaden Country Day School, we focus on each child as an individual who is accepted and valued. We offer continuity and consistency across a curriculum designed to develop and celebrate the whole child; from our early childhood Pre-Kindergarten classes through our Fifth Grade.
Diverse Instructional Programs & Enrichment Classes
In addition to language arts, mathematics, and social studies, the instructional program for all elementary (K-5) students includes art, science, physical education, music and drama, and making/design in our Imaginarium. Enrichment classes are taught by specialist teachers.
- Hands-on science taught by specialist teachers begins in Kindergarten.
- Technology is assimilated into daily coursework in all subjects using classroom resources including iPads, MacBooks, and ActivBoard interactive electronic whiteboards. Children also practice coding in enrichment subjects including science. All elementary students engage in project-based learning using a variety of technologies in our popular Imaginarium maker space. Our students come to view technology as integral to the learning process.
- Our systematic reading and writing instruction balances phonics and explicit skills with comprehension strategies and a broad range of meaningful communication and authentic literature experiences. We use globally-recognized Columbia University's Teachers College Reading and Writing programs.
- ACDS features the award-winning Bridges in Mathematics program as the foundation for teaching elementary math. Children studying mathematics at all levels are actively involved in thinking skills, problem-solving strategies, projects and real-life applications that enable them to develop a thorough understanding of mathematical concepts critical to success in future coursework.
- All students participate in an annual full-length musical theater production starting in first grade.
- P.E., art, and library round out the elementary enrichment program from grades 1-5.
- Students begin instruction in French language and culture starting in second grade.
Extended Care Programs
We offer complimentary supervised before-school care for children enrolled in grades Kindergarten through 8th Grade. ACDS also offers a fee-based after-school program, The Apple Orchard, staffed by certified caregivers for Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and MASH for 4th to 8th grade students.