Superintendent's Message

Ahlan wa sahlan, welcome to ACS.

I proudly introduce to you our community of around 800 students representing more than 45 different nationalities. Thank you for taking time to "check us out”.

I'd like to think our community is like Jordan's national dish, mansaf; a yogurt and meat based stew served on top of a large platter of rice. Mansaf is traditionally served to celebrate successes, to welcome new members, or to mourn. What makes this dish special is that it is a communal dish that is eaten with friends, family and honored guests standing around this large platter.

 While eating mansaf, people share stories, laugh together, discuss the latest politics, sometime argue, and occasionally share their sorrow. This is much like our community; we come together to support and encourage each other and share our desire to make learning irresistible.

Larry enjoying Mansaf

When we look at our students, we do not just see who they are now, but we also envision who they can become. Every day, in every class, we strive to invigorate and challenge their thinking, to push their creativity, to build their confidence, and to prepare them with the skills and aptitudes to face any challenge the world may toss their way. We also understand that our students learn in different ways and have different talents and skills. Our task, as a school, is to find how your child learns best and to tailor our instruction to your child’s specific needs. 

We are both honored and humbled to be a partner with parents, as we collectively build the foundation of their children’s character in a climate of support, encouragement, and intellectual risk taking.  

The brick and mortar of the buildings do not determine a student’s success but rather the relationships built and contributions made. When you visit our school, I am confident you will feel the strong sense of community and caring. You will also be able to observe first hand the passion and energy our engaged staff have for our work that drives our commitment to providing an outstanding education for our students. 

I look forward to welcoming you to ACS.  Please stop by and say hello. 


Larry McIlvain