Abu Dhabi American Community School officially leads the way
- ACS sets course for future generations amid UAE Golden Jubilee celebrations
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates: The American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) held a special ceremony on Monday, November 22 to inaugurate its new, state-of-the-art six-hectare campus on Saadiyat Island. Scheduled to open in 2023, this innovative and sustainable new campus will advance education in the region with a more personalized, collaborative and innovative learning environment.
The ceremony coincides with the 50e United Arab Emirates birthday celebrations and marks nearly half a century since the establishment of the school on land donated by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, the founding father of the United Arab Emirates. As the only American non-profit school in the emirate, the generous support of the government of Abu Dhabi continues to enable ACS to educate generations of leaders in the United Arab Emirates and around the world.
Attend the inauguration wereHis Excellency Khaldoon Al Mubarak, ACS alumnus, Chairman of the Executive Affairs Authority and Managing Director of Mubadala; Her Excellency Sara Awad Issa Musallam, President of the Department of Education and Knowledge (ADEK); Sean Murphy, charge d’affaires of the United States Embassy in Abu Dhabi; Matt Ayoub, ACS Alumnus and Chair of the ACS Board of Directors; Monique Flickinger, ACS Superintendent; Mariet Westermann, Vice Chancellor of NYU Abu Dhabi, and Alan Davis, Managing Director of Raytheon Emirates, longtime strategic partners. Other attendees included government officials from Abu Dhabi and the United States, strategic partners, ACS board members, alumni and school officials.
“GBA is still a big part of my life. I was in the first class and now, almost 30 years later, my children attend ACS, ”said His Excellency Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak, ACS alumnus. “As a family, we are proud to be part of the school’s long history of innovation and academic excellence.”
“ACS is a living example of the long-standing relationship between the United States and the United Arab Emirates. We are deeply grateful to the government of Abu Dhabi and other key stakeholders who enabled us to achieve this moment of transformation, ”said Matt Ayoub, ACS alumnus and chairman of the board. “This new campus is at the heart of our strategy and will ensure that ACS delivers excellence for generations to come.
Designed by award-winning international architectural firm Broadway-Malyan, the new campus will be located 400 meters from New York University in Abu Dhabi (NYUAD). ACS will double the size of its current site and expand to serve 1,600 students per year. The dynamic campus design is expected to achieve an Estidama Pearl 3 rating and will allow ACS to further integrate technology and sustainability into its curriculum.
Features include design technology labs focused on robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and virtual reality; a greenhouse in a fully equipped science wing that will serve as a practical classroom for teaching food safety and energy conservation; a 650-seat professional theater; and an expansive art studio and indoor-outdoor art gallery. The sports complex includes two swimming pools, three full-size indoor basketball courts, a FIFA-sized football pitch, a six-lane running track and a wellness center dedicated to social and emotional health. .
“Our new facility provides space for greater innovation, creativity and collaboration to prepare our students – the leaders of tomorrow – to thrive as global citizens in an increasingly complex and rapidly changing world,” said Monique Flickinger, ACS Superintendent. “We are committed to sharing our learnings and our vision for education with other schools and organizations to help advance the UAE as an international educational center. “
The campus enables ACS to offer expanded programs and new initiatives, including engineering, theater production, renewable energy, space entrepreneurship and an Arab Institute of Excellence, which will pioneer new approaches for the teaching and learning of the Arabic language.
ACS recently received a generous private sector donation from Raytheon Emirates Limited to help integrate technology into its innovation programs. Alan Davis, Managing Director of Raytheon Emirates, said: “We are very grateful to be a part of bringing new learning experiences to the ACS community. The new campus will be a magnet for innovation and a space to showcase excellence in science, technology and the arts. Together, we believe we can inspire thousands of students across the region to pursue careers in high-demand sectors and advance the government’s strategic priorities in education and innovation.
As work on the new campus begins, ACS is developing opportunities for strategic partners, alumni, families and others to participate in this historic moment and leave their mark.
About the American Community School of Abu Dhabi
Founded in 1972, the American Community School of Abu Dhabi (ACS) is an accredited, non-profit college preparatory school in the United States serving a culturally diverse student body of students aged 4 to 18 years old. Affiliated with the United States Embassy, ACS is the only non-profit organization. American school in Abu Dhabi. Building on a legacy of nearly 50 years of excellence, ACS empowers students to shape and define their future by delivering a balanced learning agenda in academic, artistic, athletic, and learning-by-learning fields. service. Learn more about ACS by visiting www.acs.sch.ae
© Press release 2021