Above and Beyond
All Middle School students are encouraged to participate in community service activities. ACS’s commitment to community service is reflected by placing it as a high school graduation requirement. The objective is to expose students to the real community that they live in and to learn that being a citizen means accepting responsibilities as well as enjoying rights.
All Week Without Walls programs contain a community service learning component. In previous years, ACS Middle School students have purchased a new water system and painted classrooms for a local school in Sri Lanka, planted trees in Turkey, purchased and distributed sports equipment for a local school in Armenia, and hosted Syrian refugees for a day full of fun and educational activities on campus.
The Middle School Community Service Club is an after school extra-curricular activity where students volunteer to help their community; students explore ways to help people in their local and broader community. Students work on environmental concerns by designing recycling activities, beach clean-ups, food and clothes drives, and various awareness campaigns.
The Middle School firmly believes in the value of outdoor education for our students. The outdoor education program at ACS is rooted in the belief that using the outdoors as a classroom is a powerful learning tool. At the beginning of each school year, each Middle School House takes part in an outdoor education retreat in which they participate for two days and one night off campus. These retreats serve as building blocks throughout the year for student and teacher bonding, peer relationship building, personal responsibility and facing challenges. During these retreats students participate in adventure-based, collaborative activities such as a high ropes challenge course, zip line, rock climbing, and hiking. These outdoor trips provide our students with optimum opportunities to explore the natural world around them, to experience the outdoor life style, natural history, ecosystems, local geography – learn and undergo hands-on learning, in ways that are not possible in a classroom.
Middle School outdoor activities help show children the fun side of learning, with a range of activities adapted to the students’ skills level. These activities evolve as the students grow and mature.