3 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsMissionACS Athens is a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values.Through excellence in teaching and diverse educational experiences, ACS Athens challenges all students to realize their unique potential: academically, intellectually, socially and ethically -- to thrive as responsible global citizens.
4 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsAccreditationAccredited by Middle States Association Of Schools & Colleges until 2014Accredited by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the IB DiplomaAuthorized by the Greek Ministry of Education to offer the Greek High School Diploma Equivalency
6 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsGoverningBoard of Trustees Executive CommitteeChairman: Mr. Constantine StergidesVice-Chairman: Mr. Simos DimasTreasurer: Mr. Suheil SabbaghSecretary: Ms. Georgia Koumantaris TzourosMember At Large: Ms. Ann E. ButlerMembers: Ms. Vanessa Adam Mr. Yiannis Alafouzos Mr. Timothy Ananiadis Ms. Ann E. Butler Mr. Simos Dimas Dr. Saleh S. Jallad Ms. Georgia Koumantaris Tzouros Mr. Christopher Leavey Mr. John Marder Dr. Gerry Monopolis Mr. Tassos Potamianos Mr. Suheil Sabbagh Mr. Constantine Stergides
7 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsFinances4-year stretch of balanced and surplus budget50,000 annual financial aid assistance25% Alumni tuition discountSKAI Scholarship program (cumulatively 600,000 €)Hasib & Diana Sabbagh Athletic Scholarship Program (cumulatively 400,000 €)Procter & Gamble (cumulative 60,000 €)Summer Camp (cumulative revenue 520,000 €)Corporate Basketball Program (120,000 €)Other: 120,000 €
8 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsInfrastructure (Facilities)More than 1,6 million € allocated in facilities improvementElementary School Cafeteria/Multipurpose roomReplacing carpets from all classrooms and offices with environmentally friendly materials in Elementary School and Middle SchoolTotally remodeling ES/MS/Academy librariesConstruction of classrooms and offices for the Institute of Creative and Critical Thinking (ICCT)Completing the new wing for the Office of Student ServicesRemodeling all administration officesReplacing all windows with energy-saving aluminum windowsNew Elementary School Dance & Music CenterCreating a Gift shop
9 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsInfrastructure (Technology)Setting up 4 additional computers labsFull implementation of the new Academic Management System (Skyward)Full implementation of the new Accounting Software System80% of classrooms are equipped with interactive white-boardsComplete upgrade of network wiring – fiber optics - and architectureUpgrade and redesign of website functionality (over 1 million unique hits per year)
10 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsEnrollment2005: 585 (end of year)currently: 8162009: 825 (projected)Cumulative Net Increase: 41% over 4 yearsOver 50% of applications were submitted online: for the first time, a waiting list is established for new applicantsSeparate admissions process & applications were created
11 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsAcademics (Teaching & Learning)Continue recruiting highly qualified US trained facultyImplement a comprehensive faculty orientation, training and development programsEstablish the “Festival of Learning and Creativity” with exhibits, presentations, discussions, displays, of faculty work and accomplishmentsImplement a comprehensive Faculty Exchange Program with USA-based and international schoolsContinue with the program of “faculty professional growth and development”
12 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsAcademics (Teaching & Learning)Enhance the Science/Math, Arts, Literature, Foreign Language, Environmental Studies, and Greek ProgramsEnhance the IB Program with American educational philosophy on teaching and learningEnhancing the curriculum with more AP course offeringsThe first ever “Virtual Science Fair” by all the Middle Schools students took place
13 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsInnovationCreation of the Institute of Creative & Critical Thinking, with new facility and a full-time DirectorInnovative programs for K-12 studentsGrant underwriting for major projectsAdult education coursesEvening & weekend programs
14 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsStudent ServicesDeveloped effective and efficient SAT preparation programDeveloped a parent education program on choosing the best higher education institution fitting the studentTotal Electronic Student Portfolio (TESP)Initial Agreement with 24 U.S. Universities & CollegesOffer opportunity to qualified students to spend 10 days visiting Colleges and Universities: Attend Classes, Meet & Interview with Admissions Officers & Academic AdvisorsExperience & understand the challenges of Student & Academic Life in a U.S. Higher Education institution
15 2005-2009: institutional change Vision & GoalsStudent ServicesOptimal Match Learning ProgramRefined the OM comprehensive programEstablished the “High Student Performance” programEnhanced further the OM program with additional state of the art teaching and learning toolsCreated a comprehensive OM specific faculty awareness and development programIntroduced the “Touch Math” approach in teaching MathematicsEstablished and organized the Annual Conference on Learning Differences since May 2006.
18 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsMetamorphosis:A complete transfiguration or transformation; a complete change of form, structure and substance
19 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsMetamorphosis of an Institution:VisionPraxisReflectionCelebration
20 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsVision:Establish ACS Athens as the center of Morphosis* by integrating knowledge, belief, innovation and behavior, and engaging students, faculty, staff, administration, parents and friends* Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime
21 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsHOLISTIC:A holistic approach to education successfully combines academic, emotional, physical, intellectual and ethical components of learning to provide students with the tools to become healthy and balanced individuals who can successfully cope with the changes that the university experience and life beyond will bring.* Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime
22 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsMEANINGFUL:A meaningful education unfolds within a framework of principles and values, and leads learners to define and achieve their personal, academic and professional goals. Learning is meaningful when it is connected to that which is most important in our lives; when it speaks to our dreams, strengths, desires and talents; when it leads us to fall in love with life and learning.* Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime
23 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsHARMONIOUS:A harmonious approach to education ensures that all dimensions of the teaching and learning experience cohere. Mission, beliefs, principles, values and practices in an educational community must be consistent and mutually reinforcing if the learning experience is truly to promote the classical ideal of living a full life with ethos.* Morphosis: Holistic, Meaningful and Harmonious Education… for a Lifetime
27 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:FacilitiesExisting Buildings GREEN BUILDINGS: increase use of green energy sources and reduce energy wasteRENOVATE CLASSROOMS: re-plaster walls, renovate bathrooms throughout the campusRENOVATE SCIENCE LABSRENOVATE COMPUTER LABSREPAIR BUILDINGS ROOF INSULATIONSINSTALL BUILDINGS STORM LIGHTING PROTECTION
28 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:FacilitiesPURCHASE NEW LAND - Acquire two school adjacent land lots totaling about 1,000m2.New Buildings DORMITORY for students, - About 1,500m2NEW BUILDING for Early Childhood program to house the increased number of students in Jk and KD programs and other Elementary school activities - About 1,500m2NEW CLASSROOMS due to student growth – About 18 new classrooms/science /computer/music labs, incorporate them in the existing or new construction buildings above. Elementary school will have its own science lab
29 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:FacilitiesAthletics:NEW ATHLETIC PLAYGROUNDS for Elementary and Middle schools will be created to accommodate the increases in number of students (4000 m2)NEW CLOSED GYMNASIUM, (light metal structure over current tennis area), for use by the Elementary students during the day and Tennis/Volleyball ASAP / ART CENTER programs in the evenings/weekends, (about 2,000m2)Resurfacing of soccer field, tennis courts, closed Gymnasium and other
30 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:TechnologyFully functional wireless campusRemote access to library resourcesStarting , laptop purchasing program will be available for Juniors and SeniorsStarting , all high school students eligible for laptop purchasing programStarting , all middle school students eligible for laptop purchasing programCollaboration with U.Penn. to implement an educational search engine (pilot starting Jan. 2010)100% of classrooms & labs will be equipped with interactive whiteboards (by )Starting , pilot program on using e-books for course instructionDeveloping full capacity for delivering online coursesUpgrading appropriately all computer labs by
31 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:FinancesContinuing with a surplus budgetAssist the Board of Trustees to fundraise €5,000,000 for new building constructionEstablish an endowment fund of €2,000,000 – dividends to be used for scholarships and fellowships
32 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:EnrollmentContinue with a 5-6% annual increaseBy 2015, the enrollment target will be 1,060. The breakdown will be:Elementary School – 380Middle School – 240Academy – 440Total - - 1,060
33 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:AcademicsMove towards establishing the AP (Advanced Placement) Diploma programContinue offering the I.B. (International Baccalaureate) Diploma programOffering quality high school courses (non-A.P., non-I.B.)Provide the option to students to select any combination of courses from the above categories
34 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:Faculty/StaffContinue hiring U.S. educated and trained faculty/staffExpand professional development with exchange programs, conference participation, action research and publications to all faculty/staffOffer opportunities to complete post-graduate degreesTarget: More than 80% of faculty have post-graduate degrees in their fieldTarget: In a cycle of two years, all faculty should participate in at least one professional development program
35 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:InnovationDevelop online or hybrid high school course offerings for ACS Athens students and students from other institutionsIncrease the number of college level courses offered to ACS Athens students, in collaboration with U.S. colleges and universitiesOrganize conferences and/or workshops in:leadershiptechnologylearning differencesTeaching & Learning
36 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:InnovationDevelop online or hybrid high school course offerings for ACS Athens students and students from other institutionsIncrease the number of college level courses offered to ACS Athens students, in collaboration with U.S. colleges and universitiesOrganize conferences and programs on:Academic leadershipTechnology & educationLearning DifferencesTeaching & LearningYear-round programs:Academies: Swimming, Tennis, Dance, etc.Summer Youth Programs: Summer Camp, Summer Courses, etc.
37 2010-2015: institutional metamorphosis Vision & GoalsPRAXIS:Student AffairsDevelop fully the Student Wellness CenterAddressing the well being of students academically, intellectually, emotionally, artistically, ethically, socially and physicallyProvide optimized counseling services, academic advising and student activitiesEnsure that 100% of the students are engaged in one of the activities of the CenterEnsure that more than 90% of the senior class makes it into their first choice university/college upon graduation
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