“We are what we do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” - Aristotle
The "middle years" are a journey of significant emotional, social, physical and intellectual growth. This journey is truly exciting (complex, fun, frustrating, enriching and wondrous) and follows many different paths. It is important to turn bumpy paths into learning opportunities and to celebrate when we reach scenic lookouts. With this in mind, we hope our students engage and explore while learning new skills, honing strengths, and striving to be confident, happy and caring citizens. Our understandings are an extension of our experiences in international schools and AAS’ history of providing quality education. Specific to Middle School, we support the ideals of the Association of Middle Level Education (AMLE), the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) and the European League for Middle Level Education (ELMLE).
At AAS, the Middle School comprises grades 6, 7 and 8. AMLE and NAIS believe successful Middle Schools are characterized by a culture of educators who value working with this age group and each student has an adult advocate. The Middle School at AAS is modeled after these beliefs and we look to provide an environment that is inviting, supporting and safe allowing for high expectations for every member of our learning community. Additionally, we respond to and provide for the unique developmental needs of middle school students with a rigorous yet supportive program of studies.