Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at AISCT! We will once again welcome a year that looks different from years past, but if last school year taught us anything, it is that we can successfully balance all of our priorities and ensure an incredible learning experience for all of our students.
AISCT remains resolved to do everything it can to ensure we continue with on-site learning because we believe doing so is in the best interest of student learning and our entire community. The school set three guiding principles a year ago that continue to serve our community well:
- Being back together as a community, to the greatest extent possible
- Prioritizing community health, safety, and wellbeing
- Continuing to provide a strong, rigorous, and balanced educational program to meet the learning needs of all students
With these principles in mind, we were on-site for almost the entire academic year, managed to see the return of sports, drama, dance, music, and other after-school activities, and welcomed back camps, International Week, Prom, StuCo events, PATA events, service-learning opportunities, and senior impact projects.
We kept ourselves safe and healthy, replacing morning high-fives with morning hand-sanitizing and temperature checks, getting used to speaking and learning through masks, and finding new ways to connect and collaborate from 1.5 meters apart.
On the learning front, we upheld all of our traditions and pushed ahead with new and exciting initiatives inspired by the pandemic like Flexi-Friday and additional outdoor learning environments. We successfully hosted our WASC virtual accreditation visit and received the highest possible six-year reaccreditation through 2027.
Throughout all of this, we embraced the motto of “Progress, not Perfection,” recognizing that we too are learning along the way. AISCT is set for an equally impressive year, building on the immense success of last school year and the knowledge that yes, we can do this! We of course recognize that we need to be flexible and adjust to ever-changing realities. In conjunction with this Head of School Welcome Letter, the school has set out a comprehensive plan to operate during the pandemic. If you have not done so, please take time to review the full COVID-19 Protocols Document and our COVID-19 Flow Chart. Please note both documents will be further updated as the health guidelines change.
I am in awe of what AISCT has accomplished in its history and proud of what we accomplish today in our changing world. We are ready for whatever comes next. Should you be a prospective family learning more about our school, I hope that you will take the opportunity to plan a school tour, whether virtual or on-site, and see for yourself what an AISCT education has to offer your child and your family.
Dr. Daniel Jubert
Head of School