In an effort to make our big school feel a bit smaller to our students, to facilitate interaction of students in different grade levels, and to provide students with a comprehensive network of support, we initiated the Block System in September, 2008.
Students in grades 9-11 are placed in one of six BLOCKS for the time they are in these grades:
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Each block is composed of approximately 70 students with an equal number of boys and girls. Also, there is equal representation from each of the three grade levels: 9, 10, and 11.
The Black Cup
Each year the six BLOCKS compete in the Black Cup Competition. The Competition involves students’ participation in several all-school events (such as Science Fair) and block projects. It also compares students’ attendance, academic results and extracurricular involvement. The first winner of the Black Cup Competition in 2008-09 was Tangra. Falcons won the Black Cup Competition in 2013-2014.
Teachers as well are assigned to one of the grade levels and serve as advisors to groups of 9-11 students. The role of advisors is to monitor the academic, behavioral, and social progress of their advisees. They also provide support and guidance. Advisors’ work is supervised by Grade Level Deans who provide additional support for both students and advisors.
Teachers and administrators may write informal memos about any student at the College to report on academic or behavioral matters. Memos are composed and distributed electronically to the student in question, the student's parents, the student’s advisor, the Grade Level Dean, and the Dean of Students.
The purpose of writing memos is threefold:
1) to identify academic and behavioral issues when they first develop;
2) to commend academic progress or performance and to recognize positive student actions in the ACS community;
3) to disseminate important information about our students to teachers, advisors, grade level deans, and parents.