American School of Paris - 21st Century Campus

21st Century Campus

ASP's Campus Development Project

Alongside our existing campus buildings, the new Upper School was inaugurated in November 2016, the Lower School Cafeteria opened it doors this February, and the Arts Link was completed in November 2017.


In 2011, ASP became proud owners of the campus property we have occupied since 1967, and with it came the opportunity to build or redesign facilities to best support the needs of 21st century teaching and learning. A representative group of school constituents then worked along with our architect firm to develop a comprehensive campus development program brief that defines and integrates a set of educational criteria-our guiding principles (see below) to shape the design of our future campus.

Teaching and Learning at the Heart of the Project

The imperative within our campus development project is to ensure instruction informs construction. We must recognize that teaching and learning excellence is born from teacher performance, the curriculum and the context for learning – known as the “third teacher” that is to say that the quality of our facilities can be viewed as an instructional partner.

  • Creative use of space
  • Effective design for teaching and learning
  • Sustainable construction and green practices to create a highly inviting and adaptable set of facilities.

Guiding Principles Used in the Programming

In addition to our teachers and other adults in your child’s life and our clearly definced, written curriculum, there is also the context of how our classroom facilities and other spaces are in service to student learning. In this respect, in the design, we follow guiding principles such as:

  • Ensuring there is enough space in any given classroom for collaborative learning opportunities
  • Ensuring classrooms are designed according to developmental and instructional needs of the students
  • Facilitating learning in multiple surroundings - inside and outside the classroom
  • Enabling collaborative work across disciplines - such as the idea of a centralized Fine and Performing Arts center, one of the hallmarks of our school.
  • Supporting foreign language learning with a suite of classrooms that offer a full range of learning opportunities.
  • Leading by example - environmental stewardship is critical to our design; we need to model sustainable green practices for our young people.

Critical to learning is creating an environment where kids enjoy themselves and thrive. Our design needs to adapt to a growing population of students while preserving class sizes and our highly personalized teaching atmosphere, now and into the future.


  • Sustainable construction and green practices for all construction
  • New purpose-built, environmentally-certified buildings
  • Core subject classrooms for each division will be clustered together
  • New Upper School building providing more space and 21st century learning possibilities
  • New 1,898-square-meter Arts Link, bringing together all ASP art genres
  • New Lower School Cafeteria designed specifically for our youngest learners
  • 5,855 square meters of newly constructed learning spaces
  • 10 collaborative and discovery spaces
  • 8 science and discovery labs
  • A new STEAM Innovation Center with Art Studio, Design Collaboratory, and Tech Shop

Peaceful and Safe Campus

See our Campus Security page for more information.

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Read The ASPect magazine issue dedicated to the future ASP campus