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Welcome New Families

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Welcome to ACDS! We are so excited that you are joining the Cougar family! Our new family microsite is designed to help you prepare for school and put useful resources for our parents and students at your fingertips. This will be your first stop to get acquainted with ACDS. Of course, Parent Life is full of useful resources as well so please explore! If you have additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (see Important Contacts below) or your grade level room parent. 

Welcome New Families


You're Accepted! What's Next?

Shortly after your child is accepted into our program, you will receive an email from the Admissions Office with detailed information which will include some of the information accessible below.

In addition, you will receive an email from our Registrar, Angela Henze, with a username and password to access additional information only for ACDS families. If you do not receive your login details by mid-August, please email . In the meantime, there is plenty of information that you can access on Parent Life as noted below. Again, welcome to ACDS!

Before You Start at ACDS

The first priority after being accepted is to complete all the steps of the enrollment process. Below please find additional information about how you can prepare your child for the first day of school.

Complete Enrollment

The forms below must be completed and uploaded to SchoolAdmin before the first day your child attends school:

Complete and return the forms below to the Front Office by or on the first day of school:

If you have any questions, please contact Angela Henze, Registrar.

Hot Lunch Program

ACDS is pleased to offer a hot lunch program through The Pasta Market. Learn more about the program and how to order below.

Hot Lunch Program

Allergy and Health & Wellness Guidelines

Learn more about our allergy guidelines and when to keep your child home from school.

Health & Safety

School Supplies

While ACDS provides the majority of classroom supplies, each grade also has a list of supplies that need to be provided including medication and/or a comfort kit which will be kept on campus.

Pre-K Fifth Grade
Kindergarten Sixth Grade
First Grade Seventh Grade
Second Grade Eighth Grade
Third Grade The Learning Center
Fourth Grade  

School Uniforms

The intent of our school uniform policy is to contribute to an environment that encourages learning without distractions, provides a structure that respects individualism, and promotes a sense of community and togetherness. 

Uniforms can be purchased at a variety of retailers including the Land's End School Outfitters website. We also welcome parents to visit the ACDS Uniform Exchange on campus which is full of donated, gently worn uniforms that are free for parents to take as needed. Please read more about uniform guidelines and how to purchase below.

School Uniforms

Get Connected

Once you receive your login details from ACDS, click below to follow the steps to stay connected to important ACDS news and information throughout the year. 

Get Connected

School Hours

Classrooms open at 7:50 am for all grades.
Complimentary before-school care is offered for Kindergarten to 8th Grade students.
Pre-K 1/2 Day: 8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Pre-K Full Day: 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Kindergarten: 8 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (2 to 3:00 p.m. is optional supervised, child-directed play)
1st - 8th Grade: 8 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
After-School Care is offered for Pre-K to 8th Grade students for a fee.

School Hours & Policies

Drop-off and Pick-up

For the safety of our students, staff and community, we ask all parents to follow our drop-off and pick-up procedures.

Drop-off and Pick-up

Extended Care

We offer complimentary before-school care for students in Kindergarten to 8th Grade, and after-school care for Pre-K to 8th Grade for a fee. Registration for before-school care is not required, but we ask all parents to follow the drop-off procedures using the Brightwheel app. Registration for after-school care will be sent out in early August.

Extended Care

Order your ACDS Swag

Now that you're part of the Cougar family, show your school spirit with some ACDS swag! 

Order Swag

After You Start at ACDS

Once your child has started school, please be sure to review the additional information below as you continue to become acquainted with everything ACDS has to offer your family.

School Calendar

Our school calendar is full of fun and exciting events throughout the year. Click below to also view and download our Major Calendar events throughout the year.

School Calendar

Birthday Book

Do you want a special book delivered to your child on their birthday or other occasion? Give the gift of a Birthday Book to you child. Birthday Books are delivered to students on their special day for the children to read and then donate their Birthday Books back to the library.

Birthday Book Club

New Family Connections

As part of our Family Connections Program, you will be hearing from a current family in the same grade as your child. This program was designed to help pave the way for a smooth transition to ACDS. Current families are a great resource for most questions you may have while serving as a connection to the school community.  If you haven't heard from your Grade Level Room Parent within the first couple weeks of joining, please email Admissions.

Parent Service Auxiliary (PSA)

Our amazing Parent Service Auxiliary (PSA), organized by parents, helps foster community life at ACDS. Get to know more about our PSA, the wonderful events and activities they organize throughout the year, and how you can get involved.

Parent Service Auxiliary


We are proud to offer an after-school sports program for students in Grades 5 - 8 and Cougar Sports Clinics for students in Grades 1 - 6. Our Athletics Director will send out information on how to sign-up for the sports teams and clinics.

Clubs & Activities

Our campus is host to a variety of after-school activities that extend the interests and talents of our students. Click here to view our current offering of clubs and activities. Our Student Life Coordinator will also send out information to all families about the clubs and activities available throughout the year and how to sign-up.

Important Contacts