High School Welcome Letter
Welcome to the American Nicaraguan School! All of us in the High School are excited about the beginning of another great year at ANS, and we all extend our sincerest welcome to our returning students, those students who are just entering high school as 9th graders, and of course those brand new students to ANS who have joined us from throughout the world.
I consider myself fortunate and honored to be joining a strong ANS team at a time that both ANS and the high school have enjoyed some major successes. Last year, ANS received its 5 year renewal of full accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the high school moved into its new multimillion-dollar facility. The new high school building is situated at the top of our campus overlooking Managua and the surrounding lake and volcanoes, and is equipped with 17 new state-of-the-art classrooms. Our new facility has provided us with the platform to launch a 1-to-1 laptop/tablet program, as well as the capacity to integrate the latest technologies into the academic lives of our teachers and students.
This year in the high school, we are also rolling out the ANS Academy for Global Studies (AGS). With the explicit goal of broadening the educational experience of our high school students beyond the traditional classroom setting, the Academy for Global Studies strives to create fully informed, globally minded citizens who actively participate in the world around them. Students who enroll in the Academy during the second semester of their 10th grade year will be required to take a series of traditional and non-traditional academic courses centered on global issues, to gain proficiency in a third language, to partake in an overseas service learning experience, and to complete a digital Global Studies learning project their senior year. Students who meet the Academy’s requirements will receive a Global Studies diploma upon graduation from ANS. This year we are already offering two chances to participate in an international learning experience; the Global Issues Network (GIN) Conference in Brazil, and the International Negotiation Project (INP) in California.
Thank you for visiting this website of the American Nicaraguan School and I hope to meet many of you personally throughout the school year. Meanwhile, please feel free to contact myself or the high school office if you have any questions, concerns, or suggestions to continue to make the American Nicaraguan School an enriching and rewarding experience for our students and the community.
Wishing you and yours the very best,
High School Principal