“This may be the most important thing we do for public education in our lifetimes.”
“I believe a school should be fun and rigorous in equal measure. Too rigorous and it won’t be fun. Too fun and you’ll never learn to spell rigorous.”
“I believe in myself.”
“I believe that with perseverance and a positive attitude anything is possible.”
“I believe I wouldn’t be the person I am today if it weren’t for this school.”
“I believe I have the confidence to stretch myself and not settle for what feels okay, but to question and seek different answers.”
“I believe an education at ACS is like a best friend. It walks with you, hand in hand, as the lessons of life unfold. It teaches you the art of thinking and discovery. It empowers you to be true to yourself, and it lasts a lifetime.”
“I believe that if I reach a high level of self-knowledge and inner peace, I can help to make the world just a little bit better.”
“I believe in learning through experience. I believe in exploration. I believe in science and art. In music. Outdoor education. Indoor education. Creativity. Adventure. Family. Beauty. Messiness. Curiosity. I believe in learning, always.”
“I believe in true love. In mystery. In adventure, and taking risks. I believe in people. I believe in being informed and making good decisions. In democracy, and using your voice. I believe in myself.”
Curious about what the new Outdoor Central Area will look like, how construction will affect your student, or what kind of grasses are going to be seeded on campus? (Hint: they’ll be native.) Then come on over for Design Office Hours with Skye. Tuesday mornings in May, from 8:15 to 10am. Usually they’re held at the Compass offices, but on the 13th, you’ll find her holding down the fort in Jim’s office.
While we’re designing on a large scale (Hello, 25-acre campus!), we’re also keeping our eyes on the small details. Right now, Cuningham Group’s interior design team is working with our Design Advisory Group to nail down the school’s interior finishes. This material board, a work-in-progress, gives a glimpse into the work they are doing to bring the natural world into the school through earthen, striated and fractal themes.
This week, teachers are working with the Design Team on a “salvage list.” This inventory records the precious features around that the campus that they want to see preserved in the new school, such as the handprints in the cement steps, the globe sculpture, and, of course, our school bell and little door.