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.
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....
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.
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!
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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
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