The American Community School Week Without Walls (W3) program enhances the standard curriculum by providing students with opportunities for cultural enrichment, adventure activities, experiences in the arts, and service to others. In past years students have traveled to Vietnam, Thailand, Nepal, Ethiopia, Switzerland, England, France, Spain, Austria, Czech Republic, South Africa & Turkey. W3 makes up an integral part of the learning experience at ACS Amman.
The W3 program helps students:
- Build relationships with others
- Cultivate a spirit of community
- Expand exposure to diverse cultures, languages, customs, and traditions
- Work as a member of a team
- Develop communication and leadership skills
- Venture out of one’s physical, emotional and intellectual comfort zones
- Discover and pursue new talents and interests
- Gain greater self-knowledge and a richer understanding of the world around you
- Develop a greater sense of responsibility and independence
W3 activities that occur away from school fall within one of the following categories:
- Global Studies: these activities promote active participation and awareness of other cultures, customs, languages, and peoples around the world. These activities may be directly or indirectly related to curriculum, and can focus on the environment, poverty, resource management, and other related themes.
- Curriculum: these activities relate directly to the curriculum of a course or courses in high school.
- Service: these activities give students an opportunity to give back to communities locally or abroad. Such activities should meet the needs of the community in which they are serving.
- Personal Challenge: these activities are designed to embrace the spirit of adventure and exploration that allows students to grow socially, emotionally and physically.
Each activity, regardless of the category, will have a service component built in whenever practical.