A co-educational, non-sectarian, independent school serving grades PreK through 8th since 1982

ACS at a Glance

Elementary school students using technology for class project

School Profile

340 enrollment – Preschool through 8th grade

  • Average teacher/student ratio:
      • Preschool – 1:6
      • Kindergarten - 1:12
      • 1st through 8th - 1:18

Our Preschool and Junior Kindergarten each have 10-15 students, and the teachers are both licensed Early Childhood Specialists. They share an aide.

Elementary class sizes range from the low teens to the low 20s; middle school class sizes range from 10 students in electives to 24 students in homeroom.

  • Families come to ACS from a variety of areas throughout Silicon Valley, with the majority residing in Almaden Valley, Blossom Valley, Willow Glen, Los Gatos, and Evergreen
  • Parents enjoy volunteering in an array of school activities and events, with nearly 100% of families participating each year
  • All 5th – 8th grade students mentor a “Little Buddy” in Preschool through 2nd grade
  • Approximately 20% of students receive tuition assistance

Faculty Profile

  • 45 full-time and six part-time teachers
  • Average teaching experience: 10 years
  • 60% of faculty members have graduate degrees; stable faculty; teacher attrition rates less than 10% annually
  • Subject-area specialists teach STEM/STEAM science, technology, art, foreign language, physical education, music, library science, and drama
  • 100% of faculty donate to the Annual Giving Campaign

Technology

  • ACS provides every student in grades 6–8 with MacBook Air laptops, which extend learning across the curriculum; iPad carts and classroom centers are provided to all classrooms across the grade levels
  • Coding is integrated throughout the curriculum for Elementary and Middle School students - programming is a "basic skill" at ACS
  • Early childhood education specialists incorporate iPads into group learning center activities
  • Elementary teachers incorporate iPads and laptops into group learning center activities
  • Students have access to "The Imaginarium", our maker space
  • Interactive electronic whiteboards are included in nine Elementary, Middle School, and science classrooms; all faculty use MacBook Air laptops and digital projectors

Featured Instructional Programs

  • Every student in grades 1 - 5 has a speaking (singing) role in a class musical theater production every year; as a result, ACS students become comfortable with public presentations at an early age
  • Elementary students receive foreign language instruction with weekly French classes. Middle School students who wish to pursue a foreign language can choose Spanish or French
  • All elementary students attend twice-weekly art and weekly music classes, and all students participate in physical education; these enrichment courses are taught by specialist teachers
  • ACS features hands-on, inquiry-based elementary science program including an organic garden classroom, computer programming, and robotics
  • Students in all grades attend supervised field trips and day-long excursions; children in grades 4-8 participate in overnight excursions including campouts, Science Camp, a gold mining camp simulation, Catalina Environmental Leadership Camp, and a guided visit to historic sites on the East Coast, led by ACS faculty members
  • Middle School students choose from more than 30 electives each trimester, including speech, debate, makers classes, community service, social justice, advanced drama, studio art, graphic design, philosophy, music, and more

Before- & After-School Care, Sports Camps & Clinics

  • ACS provides complimentary before-school care from 7am to 8am (starting 2017-18 academic year), and after-care from 3pm - 6pm for children in all grade levels, with separate programs grouped according to student ages. Students can also participate in sports clinics, held after school, which teach them the fundamentals of a chosen sport. Sports day camps are also available during most school holidays.

Accreditation

Almaden Country School is accredited by the California Association of Independent Schools (CAIS).

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