About ACDS

Our Preschool

 Amesbury Country Day School was Amesbury’s very first preschool established in 1967.  It has been the foundation of education for generations of children in Amesbury and surrounding towns.  In 2004 the school was purchased by Amanda Connolly, who was a former student of ACDS with a degree in Early Childhood education and a lifelong dream of someday owning a preschool.  Amanda is the Director and Lead Teacher, and is joined by amazing, qualified teaching assistants.  The staff are all trained in first aid and CPR, and the school is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care.


 At Amesbury Country Day School we strive for the children to be independent, confident students with kind, loving hearts.  In a laid back, nurturing environment we encourage the children to work hard and to be proud of each tiny milestone.  We take pride in being kind, loving friends and we always acknowledge good manners and great helpers.  We treat each child as an individual, and we work with them on strengthening the skills necessary to make each child a success in his/her own right.  Our goal is to make each child’s first experience with school one that’s full of love, laughter and an enthusiasm for learning.


We accept children from 2 years, 9 months up to kindergarten age.  The children are all together in a mixed age classroom .
We can have up to 20 children in the class with 2 teachers.


We design our own curriculum based on classroom curiosity.  We usually work on a theme for a week or two with a month-long unit in the Spring.  We learn about a ‘letter of the week” each week and discuss our theme and letter at circle time each day along with reading stories and singing songs pertaining to our theme.  We practice writing the letter of the week, learn about the letter sounds and we create an art project each day that corresponds with the curriculum.  The children have a good balance of free play and structured learning time with endless opportunities to independently explore, create, experiment, and have fun.  

Outside time

At ACDS we love outside time.  We try to get the children outside every day, unless the weather prevents it.  We WILL bundle up a class of 20 children in snowsuits to get even ten minutes of fresh air. Our playground is enormous.  There is plenty of room for everyone to run, swing, slide, ride bikes, play Frisbee, sled and build snowmen.  The yard is completely fenced in and is a preschooler’s dream come true!


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