Academics

As a leader in K-12 private education for over 50 years, we are committed to providing a challenging and enriching academic experience, ensuring each student reaches their highest potential in a safe and nurturing environment. We embrace our students' unique gifts and talents, teaching the whole child—mind, body, and spirit—within a distinctively Christian community that fosters a sense of belonging.

AACS Portrait of a Graduate

We invite students to embrace the gospel of Jesus Christ and to become growing believers, active learners, responsible stewards, effective communicators, and compassionate neighbors.

Growing Believers Who
  • Love Jesus Christ as Savior, acknowledging His love, sacrifice, and authority over every area of life
  • Profess, share, and defend their faith
  • Participate in local churches, engaging in worship, prayer, service, and fellowship
  • Persevere through difficult times, knowing God is at work
  • Recognize and value the image of God in all people
Active Learners Who
  • Seek mastery in educational, personal, and professional endeavors
  • Think critically – both independently and in collaboration
  • Cultivate intellectual and spiritual curiosity
  • Solve complex issues with careful thought, innovation, and creativity
  • Seek the truth in all pursuits
  • Create beautiful and redemptive works for a variety of purposes and audiences
Responsible Stewards Who
  • Treat God’s world with care
  • Use information and tools with discernment
  • Manage goals, time, and demands according to right priorities
  • Balance their wants and needs with those of others
  • Nurture their health – physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual
  • Recognize and cultivate their unique abilities for the glory of God, contributing to individual growth and broader human flourishing
Effective Communicators Who
  • Speak and act with humility
  • Listen attentively
  • Communicate with precision and clarity
  • Understand the contexts that shape individuals, communities, cultures, and nations
  • Construct and evaluate arguments
  • Resolve conflict with mercy, grace, and truth
Compassionate Neighbors Who
  • Love, respect, and serve others selflessly
  • Engage others in discourse, research, and inquiry
  • Pursue wholeness and justice where there is brokenness
  • Respect diverse cultures
  • Participate as active global citizens
  • Give generously of their time, treasures, and talents

Click here to listen to the full conversation between the Lower School Principals and the Head of School Chad Dirkse about the culture of learning and growth initiatives the Lower School is working toward.

Click here to listen to the full conversation between Head of School Chad Dirkse and Upper School Principal Dave Intlekofer about new initiatives, including faculty development and student life at the Upper School.