“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 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.”
There are a lot of reasons why a school is ready for a major remodel. One is that the 40 + year old log building planned for 80 students now houses 127 students. Wires are everywhere. The bathrooms are, well, almost unmentionable. No kitchen. No tables for lunches. Logs with critters that have died up there and then left to rot.
Here are a few photos to give you an idea of what happens on a rainy day at ACS!
Another reason is that the gym, added in the late 1980s, and heavily used as classroom space, leaks. Yes, on any given rainy day, or very warm day after a fresh snow, the gym floor is soaking wet. More formal classroom space also gets a dose of H2O. Water finds its way through the roof and into the joists and runs along for a bit until it finds an opening, then splashes merrily down onto the floor.