Middle School

Grades 6-8 at Almaden Country Day School offer students rigorous academics, small classes with personalized attention and encouragement from enthusiastic teachers, a choice of more than 50 exciting elective classes, opportunities to work in teams on project- and problem-based activities, and unforgettable week-long field trips to Yosemite National Park, Catalina Island, and Washington, D.C.

The ACDS Middle School’s curriculum comprises stimulating academic classes enriched by a wide selection of more than 50 popular, high-interest elective courses. The school day consists of six 55-minute periods with five core subjects — English, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science and Physical Education. Electives are two periods daily, meeting three times per week.

Throughout Middle School, dedicated ACDS master teachers share their passion, commitment to children, and subject matter expertise with the students they serve, challenging them to become critical thinkers and problem-solvers, and to experience the joy of accomplishing demanding academic tasks and projects.

ACDS Middle School students also enjoy diverse co-curricular activities reflecting the school’s emphasis on well-roundedness:

  • After-school no-cut intramural sports (flag football, basketball, and track and field for boys; volleyball, basketball, and track and field for girls.) Each year half or more of our 150 Middle School students participate in sports

  • Our yearlong “Big Buddy” program pairs middle schoolers with Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, and Elementary Little Buddies, fostering leadership skills and creating deep bonds of affection between Buddies

  • The Community Involvement and Global/Cultural Awareness elective courses — comprising two of our graduation requirements — introduce students to issues of social justice, class and privilege, cultivating empathy, and leadership

  • Fine Arts/Drama and STEM electives promote and develop individual talents and passions

  • Public Speaking (another graduation requirement) often inspires students to join our acclaimed Competitive Speech and Debate team

  • Exciting field trips, overnight excursions and our very popular EDGE Day activities provide firsthand opportunities for our Middle School students to apply their learning, try new and unfamiliar experiences, and develop their confidence

  • All Middle School students attend Advocacy class daily, all year, in a small group of 10-12 peers and a teacher. In Advocacy, students develop agency -- the ability to be self-advocates -- by learning about relating, communicating, problem-solving and conflict resolution, helping prepare them for an ever-changing world beyond middle school

  • Middle School students work in teams to create class projects or pursue individual passions in our popular Imaginarium maker space

  • Teachers focus on building 21st century skills including teamwork, creativity, resilience, curiosity and ethics -- building blocks of leadership.

The Middle School years can be a dynamic time for children due to the many developmental changes they experience. The ACDS middle school is a safe, welcoming, and stimulating learning environment, where children are recognized for their unique gifts and accepted for who they are. With the support of devoted, talented teachers, a dynamic curriculum with a huge range of offerings to captivate student interests, and a warm spirit of mutual respect and affection that is our culture, middle school at ACDS fosters happy, confident, well-prepared young people who are ready for the world of high school and beyond.