To ensure that all students who qualified attend ACS, the College provides financial aid to those who would not be able to afford paying the full tuition. Figure 1 - Total Scholarship Amount (BGN '000)
Figure 2 - Number of Students Awarded Scholarships
ACS provides a rigorous education focused on college and career readiness. In addition to a strong emphasis on content mastery, ACS students are also encouraged to develop critical reasoning and problem-solving skills, as well as grow as independent thinkers. ACS works hard to develop the formal writing and speaking skills of our students in Bulgarian and English. ACS has a strict system of monitoring learning outcomes using multiple indicators of academic success. Quantitative indicators: • ACS consistently ranks first or among the first in Bulgaria by the performance of its 12th graders on the mandatory state exams. This indicator shows how well ACS students master curriculum-mandated content knowledge and skills compared to students in other high-schools. • An indicator of how globally competitive ACS students are is performance on the international SAT assessment (measuring critical reading, math, and writing skills). Test-takers from ACS have ranked around the 90th percentile in recent years. It should be noted that progressively fewer students have been taking the SAT in recent years (50% of the class in 2013 compared to 83% in 2005) as more of them apply and gain admissions to European universities that do not require this test. • Since 2011, all 10th graders at ACS take the Preliminary SAT (PSAT) test which is administered at ACS. During the two years that all 10th graders have taken the PSAT, students achieved the 73rd percentile in critical reading, the 91st percentile in math, and 91st percentile in writing. • The number of AP exams taken by ACS students has increased from 36 in 2008 to 156 in 2013. Over 80% of ACS test takers score a 3 (minimum score to receive college credit) or above. The global average is 60%. • Over 90% of each graduating class gains college admission in Bulgaria or abroad. • ACS surveys college admissions officers at US schools annually regarding the quality of ACS candidates relative to the rest of the applicant pool. Qualitative indicators: • The College Counseling office collects feedback from organizations that hire ACS students as summer interns. • ACS students participate in national and international academic competitions every year. For example, individual ACS students had a gold medal in the 2012 International Physics Olympiad, a silver medal in the 2012 International Astronomy Olympiad, and the Bulgarian bronze-winning team at the 2013 International Young Physicists Tournament featured an ACS student. Also in 2013, an ACS student ranked third in the country in the national round of the Astronomy Olympiad. There are simply too many competitions and successful ACS students and teams to list. • Events that are open to the public such as the annual Science Fair and Arts Fest serve as a form of authentic assessment that allows students to demonstrate and put to practice their learning. • ACS students continue to be admitted to the finest colleges and universities in the world. During the last two years, admissions in the US include Brown University, Davidson College, Dickinson College, Kenyon College, Macalester College, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, University of Richmond, Vanderbilt University, Wellesley College, as well as McGill University in Canada, and University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, University of St. Andrews, Kings College, and many others in the United Kingdom. ACS also has a strict system of ensuring high-quality classroom instruction, including the following elements: • ACS employs a rigorous teacher selection process utilizing well-known search agencies to recruit international teachers and a process of three interviews for selection of Bulgarian faculty. • There is a comprehensive professional development program including a budget for conferences and seminars off-campus. Two years ago, ACS introduced the Faculty Development Coordinator position. It is held by an international master teacher responisble for coordinating faculty improvement activities, as well as coaching individual teachers to improve teaching strategies. • Teachers are observed regularly by the President, Department Chair, Faculty Development Coordinator, peers. • ACS is one of only a few secondary schools in the world that provide for anonymous student feedback directly to teachers.
Place for video materials, images, and short texts on ACS students, departments, and teams with various achievements.
On thе 26th edition of the International Young Physicists' Tournament held in Taiwan in July 2013, the representative team of Bulgaria with ACS student Victor Kouzmanov '14 as one of its members finished 12th thus receiving bronze medals traditionally given to the teams on places 4 through 12. The previous time Bulgaria returned with medals was back in 2005 when the ACS team got the bronze. *
In 2013, the girls from the ACS table tennis team became Sofia champions for the second year in a row.
In 2013, for another year in a row, ACS students showed the highest results in the country at the mandatory state exams in Bulgarian Language and Literature and in English Language.
* ACS eighth grader Hristo Papazov returned with bronze medal from the Junior Balkan Mathematical Olympiad held in Antalia in June, 2013. Hristo was the only one of the six members of the Bulgarian representative team not studying at a math school.