Principal's Greeting

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the ACS Athens Academy!

It is with great pride that I extend a warm welcome to the ACS Academy, a school community rich in diversity and tradition that is also continually innovating to meet the needs of our students. I look forward to partnering with you to provide support, guidance, and motivation for our students as they grow as architects of their own learning. As students move closer to their graduation, it is my hope that they become advocates not only for their own learning and growth but more importantly for that of the wider community.

As a student-centered international school, embracing American educational philosophy, principles and values, we strive to engage and challenge all students, both in and out of the classroom, to make the most of the learning opportunities. I am honored to be working with such a dedicated faculty and staff of professionals who are committed to the support of all students to make that happen.

Knowing that high school is a time of ever growing independence for students, we can all encourage them to demonstrate initiative and take full advantage of multiple levels of support and motivation on our campus. Open to our students in our Learning Commons are the Writing / Research Studio, the Math / Science Studio, the Media Studio, and student-run Incubator, where students can go for support and assistance. With communication at the heart of our community, I also encourage students to reach out to their teachers for guidance, clarification, and problem solving, long before parents do so.

It is my goal that all students commit to at least one co-curricular activity and I welcome your support! We can all encourage them to realize that learning in our community far exceeds what takes place in the classrooms. We are fortunate to have a wide variety of clubs, activities and service organizations, ranging from forensics, debate, and Model United Nations to art, music, and student council. The opportunities in athletics are also far ranging and include soccer, volleyball, cross country, basketball, swimming, track & field, and tennis.  Students will be able to sign up in the first weeks of school during the Activities Kick-off Day and I also urge them to reach out to the Student Affairs office or the Athletic office anytime during the year for more information.

Above all, I believe that the rewards of life’s meaningful learning experiences go to those who work hard, play a role in the wider community, support one another, persist when things get difficult, and take time to reflect and celebrate successes with those around us.  I look forward to your partnership!

Welcome everyone to the ACS Athens Academy and to the 2019-20 school year!

David Nelson

Academy Principal

nelsond@acs.gr