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K-8
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San Jose, CA
Students enrolled: 400
Before care: Yes
After care: Yes

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6835 Trinidad Drive
San Jose, CA 95120

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(408) 997-0424
(408) 997-6823
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September 16, 2014
Almaden Country School is a magical safe place where kids get be kids. They become organized, thoughtful, and caring people ready to go out and make a difference in the world. My high school freshman was well prepared by ACS middle school and feels confident in himself both socially and academically. Taking on new challenges is easier with the foundation that he built at Almaden Country School under the guidance of the wonderful teachers and administration.

- submitted by a parent
August 17, 2014
After moving from a Midwestern city with friends & family nearby, we were looking for a school with a sense of community. Almaden Country School is an exceptional learning community which prepares students to be responsible & engaged citizens. The school fosters critical thinking, respect and mentoring as evident in a school-wide big buddy program where older students are paired with younger students. Even though our oldest graduated after 9 years at ACS he has fond memories of this program & still visits his little buddies. The ACS faculty and administration consider parents as partners in the development and character building so important in these early formative years. The teachers are passionate educators who truly love to teach. Opinions matter, whether you re a parent or a student. When my son wanted to start a club, he had the latitude to do so. We re also continuously impressed with the academic curriculum and experiential aspect of both core and elective classes, as well as field trips and weeklong Middle School trips. In the last few years, ACS Athletics has developed into an excellent program. It s a great pre-cursor to high school athletic competition.

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2014
With 4 children and through a span of 18 years, Almaden Country School has truly been able to find the gift in each one of our children. It amazes me how the community has been able to balance investing in new teaching techniques and harvesting the benefits of its core strengths. Always a strong Visual and Performing Arts school, I am really excited about how ACS is encouraging creativity in the science, math and tech fields through App Fairs, a Makers elective in addition to what goes on everyday in the classroom.

- submitted by a parent
April 01, 2014
This is the best school in the world. I am a seventh grader right now and everyone is super nice and kind. There is no discrimination and I love the teachers so much. The electives are wonderful and the teachers are very caring towards the students!

- submitted by a community member
March 01, 2014
My wife and I looked at many different schools for our son, not sure if we would find the right fit or even if we should pursue public or private. There are too few times in life where there s a single right decision, but we knew when we met the people and students of Almaden Country School that this was exactly the right place. Many schools could use similar language about developing the unique talents in each student and fostering a love of learning but ACS makes that real. We love ACS. We love the strength of the academics balanced with the focus on developing confident, flexible, curious, engaged individuals who think outside themselves. We love the tradition of each grade putting on a play each year. We ve found friends with similar values in the other parents, while also appreciating a vibrant culture with a good exchange of ideas that leads to a constantly improving ACS. The teachers are absolutely dedicated to the kids and constantly becoming better at what they do. Simply, we re really happy. Our son is, too.

- submitted by a parent
February 22, 2014
We are so happy we sent our children to Almaden Country School. Both of our children started their ACS years in preschool and graduated from eighth grade. ACS provided an educational experience that challenged and supported our two very different children, meeting their individual needs every step of the way. The curriculum is excellent and our children were well prepared for the private high schools they are now attending. The enrichment programs like drama and the middle school electives helped them develop their confidence, creativity and knowledge of the world. Our years at Almaden Country School were filled with learning and laughter. ACS has left an impression on both the mind and the heart.

- submitted by a parent
February 19, 2014
I have been part of the Almaden Country School community for over 2 years. I could not be more pleased with the teachers' dedication (and preparation), the administration's responsiveness, the student-teacher ratio, and the school's overall philosophy. The parents are friendly, supportive, and caring. When I joined the school, I immediately felt like a welcome member of the community. I especially like the school-wide events; they are relevant, inclusive, and help bring the school together. When I am in the classrooms, I notice that the children are eager, articulate, and clearly enjoy learning. One of the aspects I appreciate most about the Almaden is that the administration is forward-thinking (Ole's written pieces in the local media are thought provoking) and child-centered. One can tell just by talking with them that they truly care about the students and their development. I am so happy that our family joined ACS. It is an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
February 17, 2014
I am a parent of an Almaden Country School (ACS) alumnus that began at in the 4-year old program and attended through Middle School. My daughter was accepted into her first choice West Catholic high school, recently graduated with honors from a prestigious university, captained a Division I sports team and is now a supervisor in Europe for Tesla Motors. She is confident, self-aware, empathetic and hard working. I firmly believe ACS provided a critical foundation for her and many of her classmates who are on a similarly successful trajectory. Test scores are important and ACS students do extremely well on standardized tests. But as we know well, the workplace of the 21st century will be characterized by constant change. It is impossible to know what technical skills will be the most valuable. In preparing the children, ACS focuses on the key ingredients for a successful knowledge worker in an ever changing environment: teamwork, creativity, ethics, resilience, curiosity and time management. ACS is a unique school that places the child at the center of every important decision. The culture encourages family involvement in a strong, caring community of learners.

- submitted by a community member
January 07, 2014
Almaden Country School has surpassed all our expectations. When we relocated our family from the UK, we researched many schools. Almaden Country School matched the educational standards and environment we were looking for. We wanted a soft landing for our children then aged 13 and 11, who were leaving a school they had attended since age 5. Traditional subjects are coupled with electives such as speech & debate, issues and choices, community service and musical drama. The teaching staff are diverse, approachable and very positive. My son graduated with many friends and is well equipped for Bellarmine and my daughter continues to thrive with a passion for both science and the arts. This school develops individuals who are confident and challenged, ready for the future.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
Of course we feel that Almaden Country School is an amazing school for our children. We have been at ACS for nine years now. The community is welcoming and provides a nurturing environment where the students and faculty thrive. But you can't help and wonder if it is it enough. Are our children learning the skills they need to get into a great high school of their choice? Once there, are they able to keep up with their peers? After recently attending open houses at St Francis HS and Presentation HS, the answers were apparent. Almaden Country School graduates have a presence. They are not only attending these top high schools; they are leaders there. It was reassuring to speak with the ACS alum at both schools. They continue to thrive with confidence and ease. It is not a coincidence that these great kids are doing so well, especially when they refer to their ACS experience as a contributing factor to their success. I could go on and on about the fabulous programs at ACS which have truly enriched our children, but there is great comfort knowing that ACS is preparing them for their long educational journey which lies ahead of them!

- submitted by a parent
October 20, 2013
ACS is s school that was founded on the principle that every student is special and gifted. I recently had the opportunity to meet Nan Hunter, the founder, and she asked me, "Do you have more than one child? Yes? Which one is more special?" When I looked at her with surprise - she smiled and said, "That is what ACS stands for - everyone is special in someway - it is our job to help and encourage children to know that, show them that success in one area can help them be resilient in more difficult areas." And I thought how true - my son skips to his classroom and loves seeing what everyday brings. We are a proud ACS family, at an innovative school that is preparing children to be successful and respectful in life.....a gift for ACS is a gift for all schools as they consistently try to bring out the best in students, other schools, and our community.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2013
Our family has been at ACS for nearly 10 years. Before our children started, we visited the school and were so impressed by the confident students who looked you right in the eye and talked directly to you. Now we are watching our children develop into strong students who have an interest in art, music, drama, science, technology and so much more. ACS is an incredible community for our children and our family.

- submitted by a parent
October 23, 2012
My daughter started a Jr K this year, and I love this school. I see how much the teachers care and spend time with her, as she is learning English (her primary language is Russian). I love all the different activities and ways the kids are learning. My kid is a picky eater, and teachers at school spend time with her to make sure she eats at least some part of her hot lunch. I can't say enough good things about different programs at school. I love their bug buddy idea, and when I see how the 7th grader spends time with my kid, it bring a tear to my eyes. From my point of view, If the kids who doesn't understand everything and cannot express herself still loves to go to school and looking forward to it every day, the school is great!

- submitted by a parent
October 18, 2012
From the moment we set foot on campus the very first day we felt like the school was an extension of home. When I drop him off I feel as though I am leaving him with family. We are always greeted with smiles and warmth from his teachers (and anyone else we come across for that matter). The entire administration is hands-on involved in the classrooms and the day to day operations. They are very approachable. The teachers go out of their way to make sure all of the parents have all the information they need about what s happening with their child in the class each day as well as the plan for what they will be learning each week. They always help us to feel in-the-know We are very encouraged as parents to take full participation with the school s daily activities. From being in the classroom to help, to assisting with special events, and taking part in meetings about the school s philosophies and future; we are always an active participant in our children s education. This is a place that allows children to be children; to explore their world and learn in the way that suits them best instead of a cookie cutter textbook method. This is not just an education is it a life preparation.

- submitted by a parent
October 09, 2012
I recently had the opportunity to watch the ACS 7th grade interact at 5:15 a.m. at the San Jose Airport leaving for their annual field trip. You could imagine the excitement and very little sleep the night before, they may not have been fully cognitive at 5:15 in the morning. But what I witnessed was a group of excited but respectful children, interacting and following direction of the lead chaperone in a way that he never needed to raise a voice above conversation tone. The respect the chaperone delivered with his words and direction matched the actions of the children. The class has been taught "Definite Dozen terms, which includes learning to be responsible, respecting differences and using character over reputation. It was obvious that these teachings had moved off the page and into action and you could see the sigh of relief from their parents watching with the comment this is why we send our child to Almaden Country School. To add, I also witnessed the impact on other travelers at the San Jose Airport thinking to themselves, I wonder what school that is? It was a pleasure watching confident, respectful and happy young adults, which is exactly why our family chose ACS.

- submitted by a parent
August 14, 2012
We love Almaden Country School, and more importantly so do my kids! The quality of teachers, the close-knit ACS community, and well-rounded academics have made for a fantastic experience.

- submitted by a parent
July 24, 2012
ACS is strongly focused on tradition and values, but not so much on academic innovation. We were told ACS provides differentiated academics, but we never saw signs of this in our child's class. This is a great school for folks looking for a more traditional environment, something that captures the best of elementary schools as they were 50-60 years ago. Classes are small, kids are treated respectfully, teachers are kind, the parent community is involved and active. But the school seems backward rather than forward facing. We chose ACS because its attitudes about social/emotional development seemed ahead of the game, and we left because the school was simply not progressive enough. I think ACS is a good school that could be great if the administration would take to heart some of the very forward-thinking and progressive sentiments expressed by the head of school. We loved Dr. Jorgensen....but make no mistake, he's only the public (PR) face of ACS and not in charge of steering the ship.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2012
All great things said about this school, there is one major drawback - a starting time is 8am... This time is NOT normal, kids and their parents are chronically sleep deprived, and the family time is out of whack. For all these years we have been at ACS we are suffering badly. Some families commute from Evergreen and beyond, poor kids have to get up at 6, not to mention their parents. The administration have come up with all kinds of lame excuses to justify this starting time, e.g. working parents, lack of extended care in the morning, etc. What working parents? 99% of the moms are either stay at home or work from home moms. And those who do work could have figured out their work schedule. The school year could also easily be extended by a couple of weeks to accommodate for shorter day. 9am would be ideal, but, unfortunately, they do not want to do it... Before you enroll, think carefully if you can tolerate this 8am starting time!

- submitted by a parent
June 05, 2012
My child won't be returning to ACS next year. Elementary school was ok but I don't feel comfortable sending my child to ACS for middle school. For some reason there is a high turnover of middle school teachers. This year there was one new teacher for each of the 6th, 7th and 8th grades. Also for science, they hired a new science teacher that is fresh out of school. For the amount of money I paid, I expect my child to have experienced teachers and more stability.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2012
Each of my three children emerged from their kindergarten year at ACS happy, confident and engaged in learning, even though one didn't even want to go to school at first. I credit the caring and professional kindergarten teachers (three different ones!), and a curriculum and classroom environment designed to engage and delight. Kindergarten is vital because that is when attitudes about learning and self-concept begin to take shape. Soon, two will have graduated from 8th grade at ACS and the third will have completed elementary school. All are thriving, successful students. ACS aims to nurture and engage, never to overwhelm or stress. Teachers take a personal interest in their students and develop a rapport that fosters confident, respectful, engaged and well-adjusted young adults. In middle school, a heavy emphasis on teaching effective study skills is balanced by interesting and engaging electives, service and leadership opportunities, and enriching field trips and school events. Volunteer opportunities abound, and finding families who will give service is one goal of the administration. Expanding financial aid is a goal, also, and one that is dependent upon donations.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2012
I'm not sure why this school has such high ratings. My experience was horrific! The admissions lady kept checking out what I wore and wouldn't answer any of my questions regarding curriculum and did not make any eye contact because she kept looking at what type of bag I was carrying. She made me feel so uncomfortable that I decided NOT to send my child to this school. It seemed that she was checking me out to see if I had the money or not, by the way she kept checking me out! Parents, avoid this school! Send your kids to a better school that would appreciate their individuality instead of how much money their parents make!

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2012
Pros: This school offers small class sizes and loads of individualized attention for students. It uses positive discipline in and out of the classroom which means children are treated with dignity, respect, and encouraged to find appropriate means of communicating with one another, especially during conflict. My child is very happy here and appears to be thriving. Cons: Although the school bills itself as non-religious, prayer does exist in the classrooms (primarily in ECE) and discussion of Christian theology can come up during major holidays like Christmas, Easter, etc. While ACS doesn't widely advertise itself as such, it was founded by a Mormon and many members of the teaching and administrative staff are Mormon. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if you are looking for a truly non-religious environment for your child, do your homework first. I would also say the school leans towards a more conservative bent...as noted by the strong emphasis on patriotism and the annual patriotic assembly. And as with any school, the teacher and parent community can be clique-ish and difficult to break into as a new parent/family. We are giving it one more year to assess...stay tuned.

- submitted by a parent
February 10, 2012
I went to visit this school, but apparently if you have an accent they say, "There is no room at this school for YOUR child". They refuse to even let us visit the school even though we are looking for admission for later. Questions they ask try to probe how much money you make: "Where do you take your kids on vacation, etc."

- submitted by a parent
January 02, 2012
My son attended a different pre-school last year. Each morning he would ask if he had school. If he heard "yes," he would moan woefully and drag himself out of bed. This same kid now pops out of bed in the morning, and is consistently VERY excited to be going to class. That includes today after a not so good nights sleep. Thanks goes to his fabulous teachers. My daughter has a love of learning that is joyful to watch. She LOVES to read and grabs books off of shelves. She enjoys math and talks highly of the fun she has in class solving problems. Tonight, she ate her dinner quickly so she could read me a book. As she read it, she was laughing at the story and picking up the humor and nuance of the characters and situations. Her love of learning is the product of the ACS teachers who have touched her life these past three years. There are jobs, professions and callings. When I see how excited my kids are to attend ACS, interact with parents and students who are thrilled to be with ACS, get to see the dedication of the staff, I know my kids, and all the students of ACS, are lucky enough to be surrounded by people answering their calling. That is awesome and inspiring.

- submitted by a parent
September 14, 2011
Our 5th grade and 2nd grade daughters are in their 4th year at ACS and every day they go to school happy then come home happy. Maybe it's the unique experiences they have in drama, science, French, music, art or PE. Maybe it is because their teachers are warm, loving and highly motivating. Or, even though excelling is the norm, they and their friends feel safe, free to be young, curious and joyful each day. We feel fortunate to be a part of a community at ACS where all of these reasons are a reality for our girls. They are part of a community of diverse individuals who are respectful, creative, collaborative and effective members. The same qualities are found in the families at ACS, so with that, we are all happy at the end of the day. Would highly recommend ACS.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2011
My boys are entering the ACS middle school now but have been attending since they were in the preschool program. I am extremely pleased with the school's approach to academics. Although plenty rigorous, the children are learning how to learn (not just study to the test) and doing so with enthusiasm. It is also core to the school's philosophy to nurture the children's emotional and social development. The community is diverse but made up of like-minded families that appreciates letting children be children for as long as they can, especially in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Silicon Valley. Finally, it is the accomplished, poised and eager graduates that signaled to my husband and I that this place was one that we wanted our children to grow in.

- submitted by a parent
July 21, 2011
Our daughter just finished her first year in Kindergarten at Almaden Country School and we couldn't have had a better year. We chose ACS for the small class sizes, enrichment programs, and qualified staff, but we ended up with so much more. ACS is a school that feels like home away from home. Her teacher was nurturing, creative beyond belief, and had exceptional communication with the parents. It is important to note that the kinder teachers were unified as a grade level and clearly work well together as a team. This is a fantastic quality and shows the strength of the staff. With strong academics, wonderful enrichment programs, a warm and caring staff, and the emphasis on character building among students that permeates the campus, we feel beyond blessed to be at this school. We cannot recommend ACS highly enough and plan on sending all three of our children here.

- submitted by a parent
July 02, 2011
Our son is a recent graduate of Almaden Country School and we were very sad to see his 8th grade year come to an end. ACS provided our son with so many amazing experiences and opportunities. The relationships he built with peers and teachers will be lasting and are only some of the many gifts he was fortunate to receive at this amazing school. ACS provides an unparalleled environment for learning and an equally unparalleled staff of passionate and caring teachers that make learning interesting and exciting. ACS is a family of caring individuals who together provide a unique, refreshing, and memorable experience for every student.

- submitted by a parent
July 01, 2011
We have two boys in ACS, entering 5th and 2nd grade. They have been with ACS from Kindergarten. When our oldest son was still in diapers we intentionally moved to a neighborhood that had great public elementary schools. However, when it came time to choose an elementary school, we looked at both our public school system and all of the local private schools. Almaden Country School really stood out amongst some great choices. People ask me why ACS? Its two things, ACS is what well-rounded education should be. Arts, music, drama, science, foreign language and PE coupled with the three R s , all taught by very passionate and uniquely qualified teachers. Secondly, ACS teaches the children to be great human beings. They learn team work by building robots together and other projects. They learn community and a sense of tradition by school outings that promote working together to create something larger than the one child alone. I have also found that this strong community of parents and teachers sometimes helps you in turn to be a better parent as well. ACS is a great school and a great community, would definitely recommend.

- submitted by a parent
June 03, 2011
both of my older children went here - and it was the foundation for a great educaction for them - both academically and socially. My daughter went from there to Presentation high and then UC Berkeley, my son went from there to Bellarmine...both talk to this day fondly of their days at ACS: their friends, the teachers, and the classes. We have recommended it to many....

- submitted by a parent
April 08, 2011
Love this school. The teachers are the best around. Children learn when they like school, feel safe and confident. Almaden Country provides that and more. Children are taught to think in a critical fashion rather than memorizing facts and we need critical thinkers! The students that graduate from this school are accepted to all the top high schools. That says something.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2011
We have both of our children enrolled at Almaden Country School and we couldn't be happier. We picked Almaden because we believe children need to be in an environment that focuses on the whole child, not just on reading and math or teaching to the test. Almaden focuses on a love of learning that is geared specifically to each child's type of intelligence. We love this school!

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2011
As a preschool teacher in a progressive program, choosing an elementary school for my own son was an adventure! From the beginning, every interaction I have had with the administration at ACS has been extremely positive and supportive. We are now 2/3 of the way through our first year here at ACS (my son is in K), and he has loved his experience here so far, blossoming both socially and academically. When I had initially investigated ACS, I was curious as to the practical implementation of supporting each child's unique gifts in the elementary classroom. I have seen amazing work on the part of my son's teacher to accomplish this, and have seen my son supported and encouraged, in a developmentally appropriate way. On a particular piece of work, the children were asked to choose their level of challenge. I was so pleased to hear/see how the children are involved in the process of learning, not simply viewed as pails to be filled. I appreciate all of the hard work that goes into making this learning meaningful, engaging and inspiring for the children. This is the kind of school experience that teaches lessons greater than those contained in workbooks.

- submitted by a parent
February 27, 2011
Report it We have two daughters at Almaden Country School (Begindergarten + 2nd grade) and we are constantly impressed by every aspect of the school. From the strong academics to the incredible enrichment programs, this school offers a warm, caring environment where kids get to be kids. The teachers are passionate, the parents involved and the kids thriving; what more could a parent want?

- submitted by a parent
February 13, 2011
Excellence! Child centered. Respect for all. Strong Family Community. Focuses on the whole person. Supportive teachers and administration. Hands on work, group discussions, rigorous academics, and makes learning fun.

- submitted by a community member
February 11, 2011
We are extremely happy to have found Almaden Country School for our two children. We love that they get Art, PE, Foreign Language, Music, Science and Drama included in their weekly class schedule - all taught by specialist teachers. We love that the class sizes are small and that our children recieve the attention they need and deserve. We love the wonderful sense of community on campus where parents, teachers and administrators all know my children by name and always have a story to share with me about them. We love that the Middle School children are SO polite and courteous to the younger kids in the school as well as to the parents around campus. It speaks volume to the character building that ACS strives so hard to instill in them. ACS is not an overly rigorous academic only school - and is therefore not for everyone. But for us, we wanted our children to enjoy childhood, and to enjoy the process of learning how to learn. We believe this will prepare them for their future to a much greater extent than being pushed to excel beyond their grade and maturity level. So for us, its the perfect place for our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 05, 2010
All three of my children attended ACS. My oldest daughter recently graduated and unfortunately, we moved out of the area. With school starting again in our new town, the thing I miss the most is ACS - the sure knowledge that my children are safe, that they are loved by their teachers and ALL of the staff and they truly enjoyed learning.

- submitted by a parent
March 22, 2010
My wife and I sent our 4 children from pre-K through 8th grade. We thoroughly looked at several schools in the South Bay and we were taken in by the family at ACS. Our children were very well prepared and are now attending the finest high schools and universities

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2010
Wonderful! My son went from hating preschool to loving school and learning! The love of learning is a lifetime gift that ACS does very well!

- submitted by a parent
December 14, 2009
As my child prepares for high school, I'm sad she has to move on, but excited for her because I know she is ready and well prepared. She will be moving on from a school family that really cared about her - challenged her, supported her, expected a lot from her, and loved her. Can you ask more from a school than it successful educate your child and instill a love of learning that will hopefully last a lifetime? ACS offers a rich academic program that includes enrichments such as music, drama, art, PE, languages, and science. Their philosophy is developmental - which means rote learning is not the norm. The learning is deeper and the pace is geared towards the way children learn vs the way public schools are forced to educate. The result is an amazing group of 8th graders who are ready for the challenges ahead.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 30, 2009
Almaden Country School is warm and welcoming. The teachers are nurturing, open- minded and enthusiastic, which reflects in the classroom. My daughter started ACS in 5th grade and the transition was phenomenal. She had no problem making new friends and she adjusted right away. Having two classes in each grade is important because it gives the child more friend options. Yet, the school is small enough to be personal and offer individual attention. The curriculum is creative. There are lots of projects, hands on experiments, a great science lab, drama & music. It is an all around enriching experience

- submitted by a parent
July 27, 2009
My daughter will be returning to ACS as a kindergartner and we were thrilled to have her attend JR-K this past year. She thrived in the small environment and the JR-K teacher, Mrs. Semichy, knew each student's unique needs and some of the best ways to handle them. In addition, all of the parents were very involved throughout the year and became a tight-knit community. I look forward to seeing my children continue to develop as individuals in this warm and nurturing community.

- submitted by a parent
June 12, 2009
Dynamic, nurturing teachers and a family-like parent community have impacted our children in a most positive way! My children have been at ACS since preschool and are now in middle school. In the early years, a perfect balance of hands on learning, stimulating classroom activities and skilled teachers helped our children to gain self-confidence and a love for learning. The elementary years are full of opportunity to find success in the classroom and on the playground. A child's personal learning style and ability is respected. Meaningful and creative projects and field trips abound! Extracurricular activities like Starmites (singing group), scouting, photography club, Legorobotics, chess club provide a rich opportunity beyond the school day. Middle school strengths include challenging academics, character/community building and superb electives. These are some of the choices: spanish/french language, speech and debate, history of rock and roll, drama, filmmaking, social justice & technology. ACS is a model school!

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 12, 2009
My daughter just finished her first year and we are in heaven. Everything I could ask for in a school - teachers, parents, environment. It's perfect!

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2009
This school is amazing! My son has been attending since preschool and he is so happy. For a kid who is going to school, I mean. The teachers are great. There may be one that my son didn't like but that was sorted out quickly enough. Otherwise it is an amazing school.

- submitted by a parent
December 06, 2008
While preparing to move to California from Switzerland, I found ACS online. I am so thankful! ACS has all of the qualities I was looking for. Not only do they provide an excellent curriculum, but by teachers examples, they are teaching character qualities like kindness, consideration, respect, responsibility, and team work. The transition from the Private school in Zurich(ICSZ) to San Jose(ACS) was so smooth. My kids are thriving AND happy. They look forward to going to school. The ACS community welcomed us with open arms, making us feel right at home. I am so thankful for all that ACS has given us and I have made life long friends.

- submitted by a parent
December 01, 2008
For the past eleven years two of my children have been attending Almaden Country School. It has been a life-changing experience! The wonderful atmosphere on campus feels like one big family. The school philosophy does succeed in helping each individual discover his/her gifts. The academics are challenging, but not overbearing. The students are well-prepared for high school. My son is doing very well at Archbishop Mitty High School, and he attended Almaden Country School for ten years. As a parent, I was so pleased with the staff and students, that I became a teacher there myself! If you are looking for a nurturing, joyful and academic environment, then Almaden Country School is the place to be!

- submitted by a parent
November 25, 2008
Almaden Country School (ACS) is the most exceptional place! Our daughter is a fountain of possibilities. After horrific experiences with the local public school system here in San Jose we searched for a school that would allow our daughter to reach her full potential and still experience the joys of childhood. ACS has provided that and more. ACS offers excellence in science, language, art, drama, and music. The teachers are wonderful, dedicated people who genuinely love their work and the children. We find all of the administration, staff, and faculty to be of exceptional quality. They are exceedingly dedicated to the 'Country School Way' and are focused on bringing out 'the gift in every child'. If you want the best education and preparation for life for your child please check out ACS. They have several Open House events per year that will astound you with their dedicated teachers and parents! Dr. Ole

- submitted by a parent
November 06, 2008
This school is amazing. The kids are challenged academically but the skills learned go beyond the classroom. The teachers are phenomenal and the community is great. We have two daughters at this school and both can't wait to go to school in the morning. They love it. We love it.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2008
Our daughter will be starting her 6th year at Almaden Country School in September. We are extremely pleased with every aspect of her development as a result of attending this wonderful school. ACS offers the perfect combination of developmentally-appropriate academics, comprehensive enrichment programs (art, science, P.E., drama, foreign language, music, etc.), individual attention, community spirit and parental involvement. Our daughter is ALWAYS happy to go to school - and we are always happy to become involved in the various volunteer opportunities that exist. It is a happy, warm, welcoming place to be. There is a quality that exists at this school that is hard to find elsewhere... an actual joy of learning! We are confident that ACS is preparing our child for a successful future in every way.

- submitted by a parent
July 14, 2008
You have to visit ACS to appreciate it! The children are happy, they feel safe and valued, they are really confident, and they enjoy learning. We like that the curriculum includes drama at every level (maybe that s in part why the children are so poised), foreign language, and hands-on science. We also like the strong emphasis on citizenship and family, and love the closeness of the families at school. The other parents made us feel at home in our first year and have become good friends. Don t expect to be wowed by the campus, though. It s older, and the facilities are just adequate compared to some of the other area schools, but the PROGRAM is fabulous and our daughter is happier than she s ever been at school! This year all the ACS kids who applied to Bellarmine, Presentation, and Notre Dame were admitted -- this is a GREAT school!

- submitted by a parent
June 29, 2008
My children didn't just go to school at ACS, they grew up there. The teachers did more than teach my children, they helped me raise them. My children were lucky to be a part of this amazing community!

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
We are in our 4th year at ACS and we really like the family involvement and excellent academic performance that has been sustained for so many years.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
We have a son entering third grade and a daughter leaving the pre-K program and entering Kindergarten at ACS. We see in our kids the things we noticed in the children we observed when we were touring ACS four years ago: joyful spirit, self-confidence, and a love for learning. The families are a lot of fun to be around (which makes volunteering a blast, even for the Dads!) and our entire family continues to nurture fantastic friendships with more people each year. Kids at ACS develop an inquisitiveness for life and learning while developing and respecting early-on their role as community members and team players. We love this school.

- submitted by a parent
June 23, 2008
We have been extremely pleased with the educational experience our children have received at Almaden Country School. My daughter started in the 4-year olds program seven years ago. She'll be entering 8th grade in the fall. We also have a son entering 6th grade. Both kids enjoy learning and going to school. They have not only grown academically but also as people, since the curriculum is rounded out with various enrichment classes like drama, music, art and such. We like that the environment is nurturing and a little less 'worldly' than at some schools, so that the children are able to hang onto their childhood a bit longer. ACS is well-worth the tuition.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2007
Our daughter has attended ACS since preschool (she's now in fourth grade). We initially enrolled her in preschool, intending to move to the public school for kindergarten. Several factors convinced us to stay: 1. Personal values such as citizenship, respect and kindness are part of the curriculum. I went to excellent schools, but never heard a word about personal values. 2. The teachers are amazing. You have never met a group of teachers more dedicated to your child's welfare in your life. 3. Enrichment classes: Art, music, science, and more. 4. Remember how stressful and awkward junior high was? The middle school kids at ACS look you in the eye and smile. Amazing. The last factor above was a real revelation for me. Middle school is not a happy time for families. At ACS, those awkward years are much happier and less stressful.

- submitted by a parent
November 17, 2007
The board of directors has recently hired a new head of schools. Ole Jorgenson share's the school's core values--indeed embodies them! We are thrilled that he will be at the helm as of the '07-08 year to build on the greatness of this special place where discovering children's gifts are at the heart of everything they do!

- submitted by a parent
October 25, 2007
Truly an exceptional school. Recognizes and supports the whole child. Students receive a very personal education. Phenomenal parental involvement and support. Excellent teachers and supportive administrators.

- submitted by a parent
August 16, 2007
This school offers a below average cirriculum, and does not have adequate facilities. The school does not know how to manage its finances one bit.

- submitted by a parent
May 09, 2006
Programs are comprehensive, offering good enrichment classes. Lots of parental involvement, school listens to parents opinions. Music, French, Art, Some sports from 5th grade. All children can participate not just the best. School has good values, expects respectful and responsible children preparing them very well for high school and beyond.

- submitted by a parent
February 09, 2006
A wonderful school. The administrators and teachers are very professional, and caring. With 400 students, they know every one and all their parents. Teachers who have never had your child in their classroom know his name and yours. Excellent communications to the parents: regular Town Hall meetings. Many parenting seminars, to prepare us for those teen years. 5 years ago, they were in financial trouble. They reorganized the Board, established good relationships with Banks, renegotiated the 30 year lease with SJ Unified, and got control of it. They have controlled tuition increases, while getting control of expenses. Great parental involvement, through the Parent Service Association: many social events, tied to pain free fund raising. Students attend the best High Schools in the area. They go on to top rated colleges. ACS tracks, and shares, this info with parents. The kids learn self-reliance, respect for others (even authority figures!), and how to take responsibility. P.E., four times a week, is excellent. Far fewer overweight kids, here. Hopefully, they will carry the habits through to High School. Field trips are first rate: intellectually challenging, and fun. We can t speak highly enough of ACS. We were lucky to find it, when we needed a school for our child.

- submitted by a parent
August 02, 2005
Almaden Country School has given my children an exceptional education. Our oldest child attended for 10 years, from preschool to 8th grade, and was recently accepted into one of the nation's most prestigious college prep schools. And he had a lot of fun along the way, as did our entire family. Drama, art, sports, PE, music, foreign languages. It's all there along with rigorous, yet exciting, academics. Almaden Country School has managed to produce incredible learning without losing the magic of learning for the students. Parents are genuinely welcome. Teachers care and are there for your specific child. My only suggestion for improving would be to make the school more affordable to more families. I'm encouraged by the progress the school has made in this area over the last 5 years through its fiscal management and effective fundraising.

- submitted by a parent
May 16, 2005
ACS is a wonderful private school that focuses on a balanced education to develop the whole child. While there is a solid focus on academics, there is also a strong emphasis on the development of character and broad enrichment programs. While the tuition is high, the value is worth it.

- submitted by a parent
March 07, 2005
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- submitted by a parent
January 05, 2005
This school is wonderful. The teachers love the children and love what they are doing. They have fabulous enrichment classes including drama, music, PE, French, and art. There is a great sense of community. The director and Principle know everyone by name. The children are happy and recieving a great education.

- submitted by a parent
December 08, 2004
Caring teachers. Good electives, good wholesome family atmosphere. Very safe environment, good strong academics.

- submitted by a parent
November 02, 2004
Almaden Country School takes the time to let each child grow and learn at their own pace. The teachers are willing to go above and beyond 'the call of duty'. The education that I received at ACS guided me through high school and college. The leadership skills I learned have lasted me a life time.

- submitted by a former student
May 27, 2004
This is a wonderful nurturing school. The programs ACS offers, as well as the teachers are outstanding. The love and attention given to the children at ACS along with strong academics and extra curricular activities make this a well balanced school for all preK-8th graders. The newly added middle school buildings have added a unique campus environment for the middle-schooler. I highly recommend ACS.

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May 08, 2004
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If you're looking for a safe, happy place where students thrive, we hope you'll consider ACS. We provide a highly individualized education designed to engage children's interests and talents with our small class sizes, a wide range of enrichment classes in the elementary grades, and elective courses for our older students. From Begindergarten (our preschool program for four-year-olds) through our Middle School, ACS students are encouraged to discover their gifts and their passions — and they do!

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Almaden Country School
6835 Trinidad Drive, San Jose, CA  95120
(408) 997-0424
Last modified Almaden Country School is a Private school that serves grades K-8
Almaden Country School Rating: 5 out of 5 based on 70 reviews. Top