Almaden Country Day School has been an integral part of San Jose’s educational landscape for 35 years. As we look to our future, we envision a school equipped with the people and spaces it needs to continue discovering the gifts in every child for many years to come. It is that vision that drove us to create the Campus Master Plan.
Campus Master Plan Overview
In 2018, following the signing of a 50-year lease with the San Jose Unified School District, we are able to embark on a new and vital chapter in the evolution of our school and move forward with our long-term Campus Master Plan. Our campus is nearly 60 years old. Our educational programs have evolved beyond what our facilities can support and what our children need.
For ACDS to remain vibrant, healthy, and true to its mission, we must invest in new and updated facilities. Our revitalized campus will support and enhance the 21st-century ACDS learning experiences now underway for our students, far into the future.
Centered on Students
Over the coming years, we’ll build more than a campus. We’ll create a vibrant, modern learning environment. Everything about the brick and mortar design is centered on the needs of our students -- their instruction, their inspiration, their recreation, their social lives, their security, and their overall personal development.
Flexible facilities will allow our faculty to adapt learning spaces to 21st-century teaching and tailor their teaching methods to meet the needs of the ACDS students of today and tomorrow.
Four Phases of Development
Our campus improvements will be completed in four phases:
Phase One: our new Event Center with a fully-equipped gymnasium, auditorium, and stage for the performing arts
Phase Two: our new middle school, a new entrance to our campus, and the addition of an outdoor amphitheater
Phase Three: our new elementary school
Phase Four: a dedicated Performing Arts Center and new learning facilities to support our educational programs
Phase One Overview
Phase One: A Place to Play
It all starts with Phase One: A Place to Play. Slated for completion in the Fall of 2020, this phase includes a new Event Center with a gymnasium for indoor sports and a stage for the performing arts. Our dynamic new building will serve as a much-needed indoor gathering space for all types of school events. It will quickly become a campus hub.
For the first time in our school’s history, we will be able to enjoy volleyball and basketball games on an ACDS home court. The school spirit filling our Event Center will boost the energy level of our already joyful campus, as we rally around our sports teams and experience the excitement of hosting home games.
The Event Center will also feature a built-in stage, backstage, dressing rooms, and storage areas to support ACDS’ outstanding performing arts program. It’s one of our signature enrichment programs and a big reason why ACDS students are known for their confidence, poise, and presentation skills. We will finally have a facility commensurate with the excellence of our performing arts program and our students’ creativity.
Finally, Phase One will include an additional parking lot and carpool route on the west side of the campus. This will minimize the need for street parking while improving traffic flow and pedestrian access to the ECE and Kindergarten buildings, for a safer and more neighborhood-friendly campus.