“I surely have the best job in the world” Mark E. Ulfers
The American School of Paris is a remarkable school, nearing 70 years of excellence in college preparatory teaching and learning. Spending any amount of time with us at ASP – be it one, two or twelve years – becomes a lifetime experience built on the strength of relationships among students, parents and highly-skilled teachers. High expectations for each student’s learning are matched by an environment of caring and support.
We are all part of a new age where both exciting possibilities and unsettling questions exist. In response, our students must develop adaptable skills today to greet the jobs, opportunities, uncertainties and technology that await them tomorrow. We want our young people to have all the tools to get to the future and to thrive. Our ideas and decisions on how we engage students in learning are measured against our new ASP mission– and you expect and deserve a school with strong direction.
We emphasize traditional knowledge and skills, yet ensure new fluencies for critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, environmental stewardship and communicating in multiple languages. Our students become whole-minded thinkers who are flexible in working analytically, creatively and compassionately – and are people of uncompromising character.
As we actively imagine our school’s future together, we point to the value of our freshly minted strategic plan. Our ambitious blueprint for action looks beyond the present to a future where we ensure a broadly diversified education and excellence in teaching. The backdrop is an environment of heightened expectations within a dynamic curriculum for learning, facilities, technology and resources to engage our young people intellectually, emotionally, physically and ethically. We are proud to be a founding school of the International Baccalaureate and are one of the few international schools in the world that also offers Advanced Placement coursework– so a rigorous curriculum and the wholeness of learning are dominant in the DNA of our school.
We are a school very much on the move. Talk to any teacher or current ASP parent and they will fill you in on our actions to continually improve. Our mandate is to respond with thoughtful and innovative change and ensure every student of ours achieves personal and academic excellence.
The days and years ahead hold remarkable possibilities for teaching and learning.
All Good Wishes.
Mark E. Ulfers, Head of School
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