Pierce – The American College of Greece received the British Council International School Award – Full Accreditation for integrating international work into our curriculum. The International School Award is international accreditation that recognizes a school’s commitment to developing global citizens of the future and, at the same time, to giving a global dimension to its curriculum, including the school in a broader global community.
The International School Award accreditation framework assesses a school in the following areas:
• staff development – training and professional development (support of faculty during the preparation for participation in international activities)
• collaborations with partner schools – projects, activities, communication
• curriculum-based work across a range of subjects – global learning
• involvement of the wider community – parents, businesses, social projects
The accreditation lasts for three years (2018-19, 2019-20 και 2020-21) and to receive it, each schools submits supporting documents demonstrating its international activities and their impact on its students. Further information at http://www.britishcouncil.gr/en/events/international-school-award
Pierce – The American College of Greece is a member of the international network of schools called ISTA (International Schools Theater Association). ISTA is a non-profit, international, cultural and recognized philanthropic organization based in England. It is a community of young people, educators and artists that provides high-quality experiences, which develop creative learning and internationalism through theater, with emphasis on diversity and collaboration, on celebration and play, on friendship and collectivity. In this context, ISTA produces over 50 international artistic events every year for young people, educators and artists, while also offering ongoing professional development for teachers and artists.
Through theatrical games and other artistic activities, students get to know each other and collaborate with their peers from other countries and exchange views on artistic and cultural issues. Students are hosted by the families of the students of the school that is organizing the Festival and end up making friends and creating artistic compositions, thus gaining a deeper understanding of the meaning of art..
Pierce students took part in ISTA in 2013 when it was hosted by the American Collegiate Institute (ACI) in Smyrna in Asia Minor, in ISTA in the spring of 2014 which was hosted by the Takev School, also in Smyrna, and the ISTA in the fall of 2014 which was hosted by the Brannel School in Cornwall, England. In May 2015, Pierce – The American College of Greece had the honor of hosting the ISTA Festival 2015, which was organized for the first time in our country. In this Festival, 100 students from 7 schools and 5 countries gathered together at PIERCE from May 7th to 10th for a creative four days. Further information at http://www.ista.co.uk/
Pierce – The American College of Greece has been a certified examination center for MSU (Michigan State University) for the Certificate of English Language Competency (Β2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference) and the Certificate of English Language Proficiency (C2 level on the Common European Framework of Reference), since 2009.
More information at http://www.msu-exams.gr/
Junior Achievement Greece, (ΣΕΝ/JA Greece) is a non-profit organization, a member of the global education and entrepreneurship organization, Junior Achievement Worldwide. It carries out its educational programs in Greece and its vision is to help young people to create their own jobs through experiential collaborative learning programs. Pierce participates in the educational programs of JA, whose aim is to familiarize students with the meaning of entrepreneurship through an experiential learning process, paving the way for their entry into the modern global business and financial arena. In cooperation with our teachers and company executives, students come in contact with the world of business, broaden their horizons and strengthen their skills.
The programs of the Junior Achievement organization have been recognized by the European Union’s Office of Entrepreneurship as the “Best Practice in teaching entrepreneurship.” More information at http://www.senja.gr/
Since 2013, Pierce has been actively participating in the activities of Europe CodeWeek. The aim is to promote creativity, the development of strategic problem-solving and collaboration through coding. EU CodeWeek is a volunteer movement in Europe which is supported by the European Commission and is trying to make coding accessible to everyone, in a fun and interesting way. With the support of College Computer Science teachers and officials of IT agencies, students have had the opportunity every year to change their attitudes and reinforce their skills and knowledge in an age when learning to write code correlates with their comprehension of a world which is changing quickly, with the discovery of new ideas and with innovation.
Over all these years, our Computer Science teachers have conducted a number of activities such as: visits to companies like Microsoft, after-school activities in code writing by students, presentations by IT experts, collaborative activities with all of the academic departments, and other activities in the context of Computer Science classes, proving that code writing is a way of thinking and not exclusively a computer science lesson. In recognition of all these efforts, Pierce – The American College of Greece has received certification from the volunteer movement CodeWeek as part of Europe Code Week.
The Association for the Advancement for Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), just awarded The American College of Greece the STARS Gold rating, in recognition of our sustainability achievements in the five categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, Planning & Administration and Innovation & Leadership.
The positive result reflects a collective effort and implementation of best practices by all ACG departments. The commitment, engagement and contribution of all key stakeholders -students, faculty, staff, administrators and business partners – has been essential. For more details see here.
ACG is the only academic institution in Greece that submits such a report and one of the two institutions outside the US & Canada to have achieved such a rating.