The Portrait of an ACS Athens Graduate
Graduates of the American Community Schools of Athens are:
They develop their natural curiosity and encounter the world and embrace the future with sense of imagination and wonder. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.
They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they continue to acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines. They have an understanding of how technology shapes their lives.
They apply thinking skills independently, critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems.
They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They are capable of listening to and receiving ideas from others, both from within and outside of their own cultures.
They act in accordance with fundamental principles of integrity, honesty, and humility, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities, among other values. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.
They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.
They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and to making a positive difference in the lives of others and to protecting the environment.
They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.
They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.
They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs. They use their knowledge to set goals and develop plans and deadlines for meeting them; as well as to make informed, ethical, moral, aesthetic and political choices.