Founded in 1886, ACS (Independent) is a Methodist institution with a strong foundation in spiritual values, a tradition of excellence and a global perspective.We are an independent school under the Ministry of Education and an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.The school offers two academic tracks:
– the four-year Express programme leading to the GCE “O” Levels Examination, and
– the six-year Integrated Programme (IP) leading to the IB Diploma programme.
The IP allows students to progress from secondary to pre-university education without the requirement to sit the GCE ‘O’ Level Examinations.The core purpose of our school is to nurture ACSians to be ladies and gentlemen with sound, Godly values and robust character, equipped and willing to serve family, nation and the global community.Our mission is to be a world-class institution, a beacon of truth and light, through the holistic development of our students.
Our school vision for Years 1 – 4 students is:
Every ACSian a Scholar, Officer, Gentleman
For God & Humanity
Our school vision for Years 5 and 6 students is:
Every ACSian a Scholar, Leader, Global Citizen
For God & Humanity
God, Our Anchor
Our school is a Methodist Institution, founded in 1886 by Bishop William F Oldham. He envisioned a Christ-centred educational institution where students were nurtured to become young people with Godly values, life skills and disposition to serve “God and humanity”. ACS (Independent) continues in the tradition set by our founder to honour God in all that we do as individuals and a school, and to be faithful to our calling to be stewards of young lives to ensure that their future will always be one where the best is yet to be.
Centrality of the Child & Learner
At the centre of all our endeavours at ACS (Independent) is our student — the child and learner. Our core purpose is to nurture our students to be catalysts for change with Godly values and robust character, equipped and willing to serve and lead the family, nation and global community. As a school and as educators, we consider it our calling and privilege to accompany our students on their most significant journey of discovering, growing and learning as they transit from being adolescents to young adults.
Role of Teachers in an ACS Education
Key to the delivery of the ACS brand of education is our teachers who are stewards of young lives. ACSian teachers are collaborative professionals who, as life-long learners themselves, continually hone their expertise in order to stay at the cutting edge of the education field. They understand and are passionately committed to the core purpose of the school and their role in achieving it. They apply themselves to their students’ moral and intellectual development and have the ability to effectively draw out the best in each learner under their stewardship. When necessary, ACSian teachers will not flinch from disciplining a child firmly with fairness and in love or guiding and affirming him or her when the child experiences doubts and uncertainty. In so doing, they will fulfil their roles as mentors, models and significant adults in their students’ life.
Partnership with Parents & Other Stakeholders
Our work of educating a child cannot be accomplished alone. We build on the foundations laid by parents and the home. As such, the partnership and support of parents is vital in creating the appropriate environment for each child to learn, grow and excel. We also cherish the collaboration of the Methodist Church, the ACS Boards of Governors and Management, the ACS network of alumni, the MOE and all benefactors to fully realise the core purpose of the school.
School as Family & Community
At its heart, the school is a family and a community. It is a safe and caring haven for our students to learn and grow, to be stretched and challenged, where diversity is appreciated, respected and celebrated. It is also where each faithfully uses whatever gifts he or she has received to serve others in the school, family and community. Critically, school is where both staff and students can experience the reality of God’s love and forgiveness, support and strength through our interactions with one another.
Responsibility of School
Our responsibility as a school family and community is to provide each student with a conducive environment, ample opportunities and the influence, guidance and mentorship of significant adults for a holistic education. Such an education will build an individual with a strong moral compass, empathy and respect for others, courage and tenacity to act, and perseverance and humility to serve God and humanity.
Curriculum Design & Delivery
Our curriculum focuses on holistic development and aims to arouse curiosity and encourage exploration and experimentation in our students so as to cultivate a joy and love of learning in them that can be sustained throughout their lives. Our curriculum nurtures principled thinkers who approach complex problems critically and creatively, making sound and ethical decisions. It develops independent, caring and open-minded life-long learners equipped and ready for current and future challenges. Our academic and co-curricular programmes are balanced and varied, purposefully designed and creatively delivered to engage our learners in active and reflective learning, while catering to their different needs.
Values In Education
We believe that values are inculcated primarily through positive modelling, reflection of learning and interactions in authentic settings. As such, the school places a strong emphasis on participation in co-curricular activities where students learn about themselves and their relationship with others, and observe and experience the school values, SHIELD (Steadfastness, Humility, Integrity, Empathy, Loyalty & Diligence), in action.
The ACS Spirit
As members of the school family and community, we are responsible to keep aglow the ACS spirit, which stands for Academic and CCA excellence, a Character of integrity and a heart of Service. With the ACS spirit strong, and with God’s grace and faithfulness, we are confident of always moving forward for the Glory of God, ensuring that the best is yet to be.
1. Testimonial Dinner Address of Bishop William Fitzjames Oldham at the Broad Street Methodist Episcopal Church, Columbus, Ohio. December 17, 1929.
Our Values are Steadfastness, Humility, Integrity, Empathy, Loyalty and Diligence (SHIELD)
Our ideal is Christlikeness, and we are inspired by the values espoused from the life and teachings of Christ.
The purpose of a shield is to guard and protect. We believe that living by our school values – represented by the acronym – SHIELD – will serve to guide and guard ACSians in their relationships, judgment and decision-making as they navigate through the complexities of life.
In ACS (Independent), we recognize that we have been blessed and in turn, we seek to be a blessing to the community and environment.
Our school’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is derived from our core purpose of nurturing ACSians to be catalysts for change with Godly values and robust character, equipped and willing to serve and lead in the family, nation and global community.
Guided by our school’s core values SHIELD, in particular, that of Empathy, our staff and students are committed to actively contribute to and create a positive impact on the community and environment in two main areas of focus:
Empathy for the Community
1. Special Needs
ACS (Independent) sees its role as being a catalyst for change to bring about progress and development within the community and education fraternity. One such area is that of special needs education, where the school wants to create greater school-wide awareness of their needs. In the long term, we hope to establish greater educational and developmental opportunities in order to build a more inclusive community in Singapore and in our school.
The approach to take includes:
Supporting the needs of special schools and organisations
Creating opportunities for integration of the special needs community in ACS (Independent)
2. Cancer Awareness
Recognising the devastating impact of cancer on the individual and their family, our school partners local and international cancer organisations in supporting cancer warriors in their battle against the disease. We are also actively involved in programmes supporting the early detection, treatment and prevention of cancer.
The approach to take includes:
Corporate Support in fund-raising for cancer research projects
Staff Involvement in cancer awareness programmes
Student-involved partnership with cancer organisations
3. Help for the Less Fortunate
ACS (Independent) recognizes that it is our responsibility to support sectors of our community who may require assistance. Our staff and students not only contribute to efforts in aid of the needy and less fortunate, but are themselves also catalysts for creative and impactful projects that support deserving community causes.
The approach to take includes:
School-wide charity drives
Staff-led & student-initiated community projects
Empathy for the Environment
1. ‘Go Green’ Initiatives
Both the School and the Boarding-School aim to make ‘Going Green’ part of the lifestyle of all our staff and students. We not only promote practices which contribute to a healthier and more sustainable environment, but also support innovative measures for cost savings and reduction in energy consumption
2. VIA projects
In ACS (Independent), our Values-In-Action (VIA) framework is designed to ensure that all VIA projects are staff-facilitated and student-initiated. In particular, our Year 1 and Year 2 students are involved in the planning and implementation of VIA projects to help them acquire a strong sense of belonging and love for the school.