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Our Vision

In defining our Vision we have distilled the many ideas, feelings and voices that make up our international community. 'Through learning' captures our endeavour to encourage lifelong learning in everything we do, and remain curious and motivated by the world we live in. To 'inspire all to make a difference' expresses our collective desire to see and enable achievement as a personal goal. It embodies the energy we feel to enrich and contribute positively to the people around us, both near and far.


At ACS we define learning as growth and development, in knowledge and understanding, skills and dispositions.
Group Photo Namibia trip 2018

We Engage In Community

  • Action your wider responsibilities to the world
  • Always endeavour to do the right thing
  • Be an ambassador for our extended international community
  • Promote global citizenship through deeds as well as words
  • Collaborate to achieve a wider understanding
  • Get involved in humanitarian issues outside your comfort zone
  • Promote sustainability as an integral part of everyday life
Sports day at Kutenhoas

We Drive Positive Change

  • Never tire of giving to those less fortunate
  • Strive to provide stability in an uncertain world
  • Try your best to make others happy
  • Accept opportunities to contribute in new and uplifting ways
  • Develop love for the people around you
  • See a world without barriers
  • Embrace social responsibility
Cobham HS students

We Promote Excellence Through Learning

  • Value and appreciate your role as a contributing member of one Earth
  • See and affect the world on your doorstep and beyond
  • Appreciate that international is the norm here
  • Draw unity from the fact that everyone is from somewhere else
  • Develop hearts and minds that respect cultural differences
  • Bring a sense of commonality to diversity
  • Use diversity to enhance learning
International Experience

We Enrich the International Experience

  • Champion the understanding of all cultures
  • Remain open-minded and curious
  • Enjoy the benefits of being part of a cosmopolitan group
  • Treat all differences thoughtfully
  • Diversity is stimulating and motivating when understood
  • Make all feel accepted.



A dynamic learning community. Our character is built on integrity, open-mindedness, and empathy. We welcome people of all cultures from around the world to create a powerful, shared experience that shapes the way we teach and learn, and actively defines our international character. We strive to build strong partnerships with parents. Above all, we appreciate that happiness enriches learning. 

We Believe

A great education needs to be balanced. That is why we celebrate academic achievement alongside social, physical and emotional well-being. With us, learning happens everywhere – through opportunities and activities beyond the classroom that drive thinking and enhance our core academics. By shaping our teaching around each student, we value and inspire individuality. Our teachers know what is important: understanding how students think and feel, encouraging their talents, and inspiring them to personal success. We empower all to challenge what is possible, stay curious, visualise their own future, and master the skills and attitudes to make a difference. 

Our Students

Gain balance, confidence, versatility, and resilience in the face of challenge, disappointment, and success. They appreciate that every experience is an opportunity to learn, innovate and grow. At ACS, students discover how best to learn, to work independently and collaboratively, to manage information, to communicate, and ultimately generate their own opportunities. Our students come to recognise what success looks like to them – motivated to identify, develop and enjoy their own talents, and use their abilities to benefit themselves and those around them. We enrich student awareness and empower them to empathise and engage with wider issues. Together they turn compassion into action, contributing towards a sustainable future. 

Middle School Pupil Studying
Through learning, inspire all to make a difference.

Expected School-wide Learning Results (ESLRs)


By working to achieve the ESLRs, we build the knowledge, understanding, skills and dispositions that prepare our students to make a difference. This means that every ACS International Schools student is becoming: 

An Effective Learner
  • Directing their own learning with focus and curiosity
  • Using a range of languages and media
  • Working with others for a common purpose
  • Using creativity and imagination to address big questions
  • Pursuing individual interests with enthusiasm and determination
A Confident Individual
  • Navigating challenges with confidence and courage
  • Addressing personal physical, emotional and social well-being
  • Acting ethically and demonstrating personal integrity
  • Focusing on the positive in thought and action
  • Learning and growing through experiences and relationships
A Caring Contributor
  • Considering the world, their ideas and experiences
  • Building respectful relationships with people different from oneself
  • Making positive contributions to individuals and communities
  • Modelling ethical global citizenship
  • Sustaining the ecological systems and resources that support life