Tess Brown

Congratulation Ms. Tess Brown!
Tess is a 2014 ACDS graduate, now a senior at Bolton High School, who received a perfect score of 36 on the ACT.
We are so proud of her and wish her the best in her future!

Please see her story below, featured in the Town Talk (Nov. 16, 2017)

Achieving perfection on the important college entrance exam known as the ACT is so rare Tess Brown couldn't believe she did it.
The Bolton High School Senior said she kept logging online to check her score and make sure it was real. 

Only 2,760 out of 2.03 million seniors who took the ACT last year made a perfect score of 36, according to the website PrepScholar.
"It's like it's almost unheard of," Brown said. "I was expecting a 33 to 35 kind of range, so it was very surprising."

The ACT assesses students' knowledge in English, science and math as well as their reading and writing abilities.

The fourth time she took the exam, Brown said, she was hoping to raise her score by one point to a 35. 
"I credit all of my success to the Lord," she said, adding, "That morning I prayed so hard for focus and peace."

Tess is the daughter of Daniel and Mary Brown of Alexandria. She and her family are members of Family of Grace Church.  The 17-year-old is student of the year at her school and a role model to other classmates, said Bolton Principal Clovis Christman.

Stephanie McQuain

Stephanie McQuain, an ACDS 2017 graduate, is spending the month of July as a resident of the University of Texas studying with American Ballet Theater. Auditions were held nationwide and she was proud to accept a spot in Austin. Stephanie was a honor student at ACDS, and spent countless hours in the studio perfecting her craft as a ballet dancer. She was the only junior high student selected for the Red River Dance Company’s (RRD) Senior Dance Corps for the 2016-17 season. She has appeared in Nutcracker productions since the age of 3 and was cast as Clara in RRD’s annual Nutcracker production in 2015. Last spring she played the Red Bird in RRD’s production of Peter and the Wolf. Stephanie has previously spent summers studying with Nashville (TN) Ballet and Ballet Magnificat (Jackson, TN). 

Barrett murphy

Barrett Murphy, 2004 ACDS Alumnus, graduated from LSU New Orleans medical school in 2017.  He plans to complete a 4 year residency at Our Lady of the Lake in Baton Rouge in internal medicine and then 3 a year fellowship specializing in cardiology.  

Good Luck, Dr. Barrett Murphy!

scroggs brame

Nicole Scroggs & Murphy Brame 

Nicole Scroggs & Murphy Brame,  2008 ACDS Alumni received their Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2017 and were also in the Nursing Honor Society at Our Lady of The Lake in Baton Rouge.  

Nicole has accepted a position at Rapides Hospital in the Postpartum/Nursery department, and Murphy has accepted a position at Our Lady of The Lake, in Baton Rouge, in the pediatric ICU department. 

Sue Donohoe

Ms. Sue (Susan) Donohoe is the recipient of the Dave Dixon Leadership Award and will be inducted into the LA Sports Hall of Fame in June 2017. This prestigious award is given to individuals who have played a decisive role as a sports leader or administrator benefiting Louisiana and/or bringing credit to Louisiana on the national and international level. She is the first female to ever receive this award.

Sue played basketball at Country Day, and was given the title “Most Athletic” in 1972. She went on to play for Pineville High School and began her college career at Louisiana Tech.  In 1982, she was a graduate assistant coach who helped bring the Lady Techsters to their NCAA championship. Ms. Donohoe served 12 years as the NCAA’s vice president for women’s basketball, and also directed the men’s basketball NCAA Division I championship.


Clay Boulware

Clay Boulware, one of the The Gumbo Bros, started a pop-up gumbo restaurant and catering company that brings Cajun and Creole-style gumbos to New York City. The duos delicious Gumbo has been featured at the Columbus Circle Holiday Market at Central Park and has been served at parties hosted by Martha Stewart and designer jewlery, David Yurman. The Gumbo Bros have also been nominated for a Vendy, a Who’s Who of New York City street food.

The next time you are in New York stop by 224 Atlantic Ave. (Court St.) to say Hello.

Zach Faircloth

Zack Faircloth, a 2008 ACDS graduate who is now a Senior at LSU, was named a finalist for the Rhodes Scholarship.  The Rhodes Scholarship, one of the most prestigious academic awards in the world, covers all expenses for 2-4 years of study at the University of Oxford in England.  Zack is majoring in electrical engineering and political science with minors in leadership development and Spanish. He is also a Stamps Leadership Scholar and serves as LSU Student Body President.  We are so proud that Zach Faircloth is a member of the Alexandria Country Day School family and look forward to watching him prosper.

Laurie Hood

Laurie Hardwick Hood
Laurie Hardwick Hood and her two brothers were students at ACDS in the 1970’s and 80’s.  Mrs. Hood, then Ms. Hardwick, was honored as the first “Ms. ACDS”. Since graduating from Country Day, she has embarked upon an adventure to provide homes and shelter to thousands of animals, adopting over 13,000, abandoned, lost or abused animals ranging from family pets to farm animals.  With the help of her family and friends for funding, as a volunteer base and board members, she founded the Alaqua Animal Refuge in 2007 in Walton County, Florida.  On average, you will find about 250 animals at the refuge and with the growing interest from both animals and the community, the Hood family has plans to expand the refuge to 100 acres and will become a tourist destination, expand into a wildlife sanctuary, and family educational center.  Laurie Hood has been awarded the George H.W. Bush Point of Light Award; she is the district leader for the Humane Society of the U.S. (which addresses legislative issues); she represents Florida on lobby days in Washington; and she was recognized as a local hero at the Red, White and Blue hero recognition in Destin and presented with a key to the city.  Alexandria Country Day School is very proud to have Mrs. Hood and her siblings as members of the ACDS legacy and wish her and her family well.

2011 ACDS Graduate

2011 ACDS Graduate

Jordan played division 1 college basketball for Youngstown State University in 2015.  He is now a "red-shirt" Sophomore at South Alabama University, Mobil Al. and plans to play in 2017. 



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Alexandria Country Day School was founded in 1969, and is an independent, coeducational school. We are non-sectarian, and serve grades Prekindergarten 3 through 8. ACDS offers a challenging curriculum as well as many opportunities to excel in athletics and in the arts. Many of our alumni go on to become National Merit Scholars and are accepted and win scholarships to some of the finest universities in the nation.

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