Welcome to the American College of Sofia!
After a 35-year career devoted to excellence in American independent school education as a teacher, school head, trustee, and association executive, I am so excited to be joining ACS as its new President. In that capacity, I am delighted to welcome you to this extraordinary school.
During previous visits to the College and since arriving here on July 1st 2015, I have been so impressed by its remarkable students, dedicated faculty and staff, exceptional educational programs, and distinguished history of service. For those of you who do not yet know the College, I am confident that you will be impressed as well.
Originally founded in 1860, ACS today is an independent, highly selective, co-educational secondary school that brings together the values and best practices of American education with the great tradition of teaching and learning in Bulgaria and Europe. Our primary mission is to educate Bulgarian youth, as it has been throughout the College’s history as the leading school in the Balkans. In addition, we welcome qualified students of all nationalities, races, and faiths, and we believe that a diverse student body enriches the educational experience for all. Using English as the primary language of instruction, the College offers a rigorous core curriculum – tempered by an array of electives and extra-curricular activities in the visual and performing arts, science, athletics, journalism, student government, and numerous clubs – that prepares students to meet the most demanding criteria universities around the world.
The exceptional educational philosophy and practices of ACS have enabled generations of students to achieve outstanding academic success, develop critical thinking skills, become enthusiastic lifelong learners, demonstrate sensitivity to the global human condition and the environment, cherish democratic values, and become responsible citizens and leaders in Bulgaria and around the world.
The American College of Sofia is a remarkable place: a school with both a storied history and a powerful new presence. My wife, Jane, and I are so pleased to be a part of the ACS educational community, and we encourage you to find out more about this extraordinary institution by exploring this website or by contacting the College directly.
With best wishes,
Richard T. Ewing, Jr., Ed.D.