Shadowing at ACDS

Big Buddy Mentorship Elementary students

Shadowing at ACDS is an essential part of our application process. The visit gives your child a valuable chance to experience our school by attending classes, interacting with our teachers, and spending time with fellow students and future classmates. Each shadow student is warmly welcomed by a dedicated "shadow buddy" who will guide the student through the day's classes. Shadow students are included in all class activities.

Student Shadow Schedule

Students entering Junior Kindergarten and Kindergarten 

  • One shadow day in the Early Childhood Education program. 
  • Once we receive your application, we will contact you to schedule your child’s shadow date and ask you to fill out a shadow student information form. Once the shadow date is scheduled, please complete the form and return it to the Admissions Office at least 36 hours before the start of the first shadow day.
  • School day is from 8 a.m. until noon.
  • Please bring your student to the front office at 8 a.m.
  • Pick-up is at 3 p.m. on the blacktop side of the elementary classrooms.

Students Entering First Through Seventh Grade

  • Two consecutive days in the student's current grade. 
  • School day is from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • On your child’s first shadow day, bring your student to the front office at 8 a.m. 
  • At that time, please provide the office with a copy of your child’s report card for the last two years and any standardized testing and educational evaluations your child may have completed, if not already submitted.
  • On the second shadow day, your student may go directly to his or her homeroom class. 
  • Sixth grade applicants will shadow in fifth grade and spend two class periods in sixth grade, usually on the second shadow day.
  • Pick up for shadow students in first through fifth grades is on the blacktop area outside the classroom door on the inside of the campus. Pick up for shadow students in sixth or seventh grade is located on the grassy area at the corner of Trinidad Drive and the exit to the ACDS parking lot. 

Your child will have the same homework and class assignments as the other students. Please make certain your child brings the homework to class the second day. If this poses any problems, please inform the teacher. 

Your child should wear his or her typical school clothes and bring a snack and a lunch.  You may also pre-order and purchase a hot lunch ($5.75 - $7.00) for the day. Many students also bring a backpack with some paper and pencils, but all additional materials will be provided. 

The purpose of the shadow is for the school to determine where your child is within the ACDS curriculum and whether he or she is a fit for the school, and for your child to determine if ACDS is the right place for him or her. The class work and homework that your child completes will be used to determine if he or she is at the appropriate level for our academic program. No standardized tests are administered as part of our application process. All assessments are completed in class during the shadow days.