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Welcome Back Cougars!

Whether you are a former student, parent, faculty, or staff member, you are part of the ACDS Alumni community. You have a lasting connection to ACDS and we want to help make it stronger. Each year, alumni participate in ACDS life through volunteering, events, sharing their stories in our newsletters, and through their generosity. Our alumni serve as testament to the success that lies ahead for our students. And they remind us all that “Once a Cougar, Always a Cougar.”

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Volunteer in the classroom and/or at one of our upcoming events! 
We would love to welcome you back! Please join us in the classroom and/or at one of our many events throughout the year as an Alumni Volunteer and/or Ambassador. We hope to see you back on campus soon!

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Alumni Spotlight

Emmett Griffith

Emmett Griffith '08 attended ACDS from Begindergarten through 8th grade and is a member of the class of 2008. Upon graduation from Presentation High School, he next enrolled at Chapman University, where he pursued and obtained a double BA in Integrated Educational Studies and English Literature. Emmett went on to obtain his M.A. in Higher Education & Student Affairs at New York University.

Read More about Emmett Griffith '08
Anya Barrese ‘14

After graduating cum laude from Seattle University in 2022 with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies and a minor in philosophy, Anya is currently the Lifestyles Coordinator at Parkshore Senior Living in Seattle, Washington. She shares that working at an incredibly rewarding job, living in a beautiful city, and having wonderful friends and family makes her happy and is more than a person can ask for.

Read More about Anya Barrese ‘14
Lisa Ricchio'04

We've been following Tucker (Lisa) Ricchio '04 very closely these past few months, and Chef Tucker has written in to keep us up to date. Read on to hear all about how she started her journey as a Chef, what her Italian grandparents taught her about food and cooking, and her experience on Gordon Ramsay's show, Next Level Chef.

Read More about Tucker (Lisa) Ricchio '04
Matt Hunt '12

After graduating from Leland High School in 2012, Jake Heindel '08 completed a bachelor's degree in Film Production at Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. As a Video Producer for the San Jose Sharks, Jakes says that one of his most significant accomplishments is "making the opening hype videos that play on the big screen before the players take the ice." They are an impactful way to energize the crowd before the game starts. If you're a Sharks fan, you've probably enjoyed one of his four opening hype videos. His favorite is the Stealth Jersey open video from the 2021-2022 season. 

Read More about Jake Heindel '08
Matt Hunt '12

Meaghan Schapelhouman ’14 attended ACDS from Begindergarten through 8th grade. Upon graduation from Presentation High School, she next enrolled at Marymount Manhattan College, New York City, where she pursued and obtained a degree in musical theater. To the delight of all who know her, Meaghan completed the circle and recently returned to Almaden Country Day School to join the staff as a teacher in the arts.

Read More about Meaghan Schapelhouman '14
Matt Hunt '12

Matt Hunt attended Almaden Country Day School from Kindergarten through 8th grade and is a member of the Class of 2012. He attended Archbishop Mitty High School and went on to earn a Bachelor of Science in Motorsports Engineering with a minor in mathematics from Indiana University - Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2021.

Matt’s proudest professional accomplishment is being part of the Indianapolis 500 Car Race this year (2022) and winning the IndyCar championship in 2021 with Chip Ganassi Racing. He worked on each car as a mechanic and engineer. 

Read More about Matt Hunt '12


Alumni Newsletter Archive

Alumni News

Erin Bratcher and Sarah Andersen

ACDS Alumni volunteer opportunity

The ACDS library is offering current alumni an opportunity to contribute to the ACDS community through the following initiative:

  • Create a read-aloud video of a picture book to be used for educational purposes in younger grades.
  • The approximate community service hours for a picture book read aloud of 30-40 pages should take approximately 2 hours to record.

If interested, please contact Mrs. Arguello to receive step by step instructions, an example, and to confirm the choice of your book.

Where do our graduates go?
Our graduates attend both public and private schools of their choice. Of our class of 2023 who applied to private high schools, our 10-year acceptance rate is 98%.

Where our graduates go after ACDS

Support ACDS
The generosity of our alumni, current and past families, faculty, and community friends helps directly sustain the school's operating budget and supports every ACDS student's education.

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