2017-2018 ACS Annual Campaign Funding Priorities
Restructuring of Arabic Program
Executing our 3-5 year plan for restructuring the Arabic program will includes:
- Engagement with an outside firm to recruit and interview high quality Arabic teachers with a strong background in effective instructional skills
- New and more effective curriculum development and implementation
- New and extensive teaching resources (both print and online)
- Training and development of Arabic teachers to ensure instructional strategies that are current, effective and engaging
- Development of accurate assessments for determining the proficiency levels of students so they are placed appropriately in the best learning level
Our Inclusion Task Force has identified and developed a three-year plan for professional development for all teachers focused on differentiation and effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of all students in an environment of inclusion. This professional development will enhance the abilities of classroom teachers to provide support for students who need more challenges as well as those students who have learning differences.
Supporting the Performing Arts
Upgrading and replacing auditorium sound equipment to fully support our student events, assemblies, professional development, and especially the performing arts.
Improvements to Sound/Audio Recording Studio
Building upon the successful establishment of our media productions studio, we plan to build up and develop our audio productions studio and equipment. This will allow our students to successfully create and produce audio projects that are of high quality. We need to refurbish and build out the audio studio and purchase state of the art recording equipment that will enhance our students’ audio creations. In our media productions studio, there are also two additional pieces of equipment that would provide our students with an enhanced ability to create and edit their work.
VR and AR Curriculum Enhancements
We want to add the ability to enhance several curricular areas and work on virtual and augmented reality projects. Virtual reality is a computer technology that uses virtual reality headsets or props to generate realistic images, sounds and other sensations that simulate a user’s physical presence in a virtual or imaginary environment. Augmented reality is a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are “augmented” by computer-generated or extracted real-world sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, haptics or GPS data. This technology requires high quality software and hardware/equipment.
Advanced Robotics Materials and Software
We currently have a range of basic to mid-level robotics kits, which meet the needs of our students at the beginning and intermediate levels (we use Lego robotics for our competitions). We intend to to add the higher level of VEX robotics kits in order to provide our students who are at an advanced level the opportunity to create and program more advanced robots and participate in alternative competitions.
All of these enhancements to our curriculum and programs provide flexibility and a strong foundation for the new Superintendent, Monique Flickinger.
"The American Community School of Abu Dhabi is an integral part of the United Arab Emirates, practically as old as the nation itself. Like the UAE, it has welcomed diversity and aspiration, valued the past and looked always to the future. Achieving the highest educational standards, ACS has graduation students who have made significant contributions all over the world and certainly within the UAE."
-H.E. Sheikh Nahyan Mubarak Al Nahyan