Measuring Success

Measure Success

How does Almaden Country Day School measure success?

We believe in the importance of academic achievement; we're proud of our students' accomplishments as measured by conventional means: grades, standardized testing, and the excellent high schools and colleges to which our graduates matriculate.

Yet at ACDS, we believe "success" is more than academics. We aim to cultivate young people who wonder about problems and seek solutions, who interact collaboratively and respectfully with others, who persist through adversity, who are poised and hopeful and who strive to make the world a better place.

To cultivate (and measure) these attributes of success, ACDS is the only South Bay independent school that measures six critical 21st century skills in our students (curiosity, teamwork, resilience, ethics, creativity, and time management -- see the Mission Skills, below). We can use the results to improve our curriculum and prepare our students for a rapidly changing world.

At Almaden Country Day School, the ultimate goal of our measurements is to shape delightful young people: considerate, concerned, confident and ready to make significant contributions to the world-at-large. We prepare children to live extraordinary lives.

Almaden Country Day School's measures of success include:

High school acceptance. On average, 95% of ACDS graduates who apply to selective private schools of their choice are admitted, many with honors or advanced standing.

Testing. We administer standardized testing in 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th grade.

Mission Skills. The MSA is a test developed by Educational Testing Services (ETS) to measure six skills essential to student success in today’s world: teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity and time management.

Social and Emotional Learning. Woven into our curriculum, it is a critical dimension of learning at ACDS.

Expected Schoolwide Learning Results. ESLRs represent the cumulative skills and attributes we believe are essential for children to develop during their time at ACDS.

Our Graduates. Our alumni are thriving -- whether in college, the community or their careers, our alumni are living extraordinary lives.