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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 ambassador. 

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.

If your child is starting in the fall, you will receive an email mid-August 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!

During the Summer

The first priority after being accepted is to complete all the steps of the enrollment process by August 1. Below please find additional information about how you can prepare your child for the first day of school.

Complete Enrollment by August 1

Complete and upload the forms below to SchoolAdmin before August 1. If your child is starting in the middle of the school year, please submit forms 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.

Summer Reading

Reading is one of the best ways to prevent the "summer slide." In the context of relaxation and summer adventures, a moderate amount of summer reading is important for children to maintain their literacy skills. For students entering Grades 5 - 8, there is required reading to be completed before the start of school. Below is a link to our required (Grades 5 - 8 only) and recommended reading lists compiled by our librarian and classroom teachers.

Summer Reading Lists

Fall Sports & Activities Camp

Each summer, we run exciting and fun summer camps! The Fall Sports & Activities Camp, held the last week of August from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. is a great way to become familiar with fellow students and our campus. Learn more and register for this camp.

Register for Fall Camp

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

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 Ambassador within the first couple weeks of joining, please email Admissions.

Important Dates

  • August (exact date TBD) - Greystone Park Playdate for Pre-K to 5th Grade families
  • August 25, 5:30 - 7:30 pm - New Family Bingo for all families
  • September 6 - Class Gatherings for all students (more info will be emailed to you over the summer)
  • September 7 - First Day of School (8 am drop for new students; 8:15 - 9:45 am New Parent Orientation - more info will be emailed to you over the summer)
  • September 16 - Food Truck Friday (Community Event)

School Calendar
To see more events we typically hold throughout the year, click here. (More event listings will be updated in August.)

Order Cougar Spirit Shirt

  • Pre-K - 5th Grade: No need to order. Spirit tees will be handed out by homeroom teachers to students in Pre-Kindergarten to 5th grade.
  • 6th - 8th Grade students: Please complete your child's spirit shirt size order form by August 22 at the latest; these shirts are worn as a class to promote class unity and school spirit. If you do not select a t-shirt size for your child by September 1st, a size will be selected by the staff.

Before School Starts

Before the start of school, please review the information below, including how to get connected, order lunch, and follow our drop-off and pick-up procedures.

Get Connected

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

Get Connected

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 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

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 a sample of our activities. Our Student Life Coordinator will send out information to all families about the clubs and activities available throughout the year and how to sign-up.


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.

Important Contacts