Office of the President

Welcome to the Pierce website, our online home where you can learn about Pierce’s academic programs, meet our faculty and students, and explore our exceptional 64-acre campus on Mt. Hymettus, overlooking Athens.

Offering high quality, personalized secondary (Gymnasium – Lyceum; International Baccalaureate Diploma Program) education, Pierce is one of three divisions of The American College of Greece (ACG), the oldest and largest American-based, comprehensive educational institution in Europe. Through Pierce, Deree (undergraduate and graduate education) and Alba (graduate business education), ACG serves over 5,000 students and has over 54,000 alumni worldwide.

Pierce traces its historical roots to 1875 when visionary women missionaries from Massachusetts founded a school for girls in Smyrna (today Izmir, Turkey). Relocating to Athens in 1923, Pierce evolved  into a coeducational school of over 1,400, sharing a main campus with Deree in Aghia Paraskevi, an Athens suburb.

For current students, the Pierce website is a portal to ACG’s extensive technology resources. For alumni and friends, the site offers a way to stay connected, be informed, and take advantage of all ACG offers.

As you explore the Pierce website, we hope you will not only discover but engage ACG’s expanding role as a unique center of educational excellence and social contribution in Greece.

David G. Horner, PhD
President The American College of Greece