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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!

Classroom Volunteer Request              Events Volunteer RequeST

Alumni Spotlight

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
Deena Shakir '00 and Laith Shakir '04

Deena Shakir is a successful business professional. She and her husband Mehdi have two children, 6-year-old Lana and 4-year-old Adam. She earned a joint BA in Social Studies and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations from Harvard, and an MA from Georgetown's School of Foreign Service, funding her education through a variety of merit scholarships and side ventures, including co-founding her first company while in college. She is currently a partner at Lux Capital, a venture capital company focusing on emerging, futuristic ideas in science and technology investments. In addition, she is a lecturer in management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. 

Read More about Deena Shakir '00
Maxwell Love Snowboarding

Maxwell Love’19 is a vibrant, well-rounded learner whose resume-to-date belies his youth. As a junior at Oakwood School, he recently completed a research summer internship at UCLA into the analysis and remediation of cytotoxicity of cigarette smoke in the lungs. He will submit his resulting research report to the nationally renowned Davidson Fellow Scholarship and the Regeneron Science Talent Search. Maxwell also testified to the San Jose City Council on a high schooler’s perspective of the vaping epidemic, assisting in the successful effort to pass legislation banning flavored e-cigarettes.

Read More about Maxwell Love '19
Hannah Conradt '12

Hannah Conradt ’12 graduates from the Fashion Institute of Technology with a BFA in Special Occasion Fashion Design in 2022, but has experience and accolades that would rival a professional 10 years her senior. She has sewn costumes for Twenty Pilots including the iconic red cloak in their 2018 video Jumpsuit, and for Hailey Williams of the rock band, Paramore. Hannah has worked as a wardrobe assistant for a Lifetime movie in LA, helped costume an entire two-cast NYC-based production of the opera The Barber of Seville, and completed a summer internship in the Seattle Opera's costume department.

Read More about Hannah Conradt '12
Hunter McKown

Hunter McKown '15 attended ACDS from the four-year-old program through 7th grade but left early to pursue high-level ice hockey. His greatest accomplishment to-date was earning a spot on the US National Development Team, a two-year program in the United States Hockey League. Their team won the gold medal at the 5-Nations tournament in Sweden in 2019. He earned a full-ride scholarship to play Division 1 hockey at Colorado College.

Read More about Hunter McKown '15


Alumni Newsletter Archive

Alumni News

Erin Bratcher and Sarah Andersen

We love hearing about all of the amazing paths our alumni are taking. Share your stories and updates with us.

Share Your News


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 2022 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.

Support ACDS

Event tickets

Throwing an Alumni Event?
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