OUR HISTORY

The American School of Antananarivo (ASA) was founded in September 1969 as an independent, non-sectarian, co-educational day school, located in the Nanisana area. In its beginnings, ASA offered classroom instruction in grades 1 – 8. It utilized a complemented Calvert Curriculum Course, and provided instruction in Music, Art, PE, and French language. In 1971, the school had 7 teachers and 45 students.

ASA moved to its second location in Ambodivoanjo Ivandry in 1972 where it remained for 45 years. As the student body increased, the school leased additional buildings throughout the years. Major improvements to the campus occurred in the 1990s with the construction of 7 prefabricated classrooms in 1991, a computer lab and media center and a PE field in 1996, and a stage in 1997.

1991 saw the completion of an entirely new school curriculum for all subject areas, and in April 1992, ASA achieved a milestone in its history by becoming accredited by the Middle States Association. The 1994-1995 school year evolved through some pretty big changes, the biggest being the creation of the Middle School. Students in grades 5 – 8 were no longer in a self-contained classroom with one teacher, but changed classes and teachers throughout the day. This greatly improved the quality of instruction for our Middle School students.  A computer lab was created for student use along with a separate computer curriculum for grades K-8.

In 2000, ASA celebrated its 30th anniversary which was marked by the formal establishment of a high school program and the graduation of the first senior, Cathy Cheerkot. At this time, the school had 16 teachers and 107 students. From August 2008 to June 2014, the school’s Early Childhood Campus (Nursery – Kindergarten) was located in an annex in Ivandry.

On March 18, 2013, ASA became an IB school and was authorized by the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer the Primary Years Programme. In 2017, ASA moved to its present location in a three-acre campus in Lotissement Le Park Alarobia. With innovative and flexible learning spaces, state of the art science labs, performing arts hall, computer and mobile labs, art rooms, makerspaces, and multiple sports venues, this new campus is now home to more than 35 teachers and 240 students representing over 30 nationalities.  

OUR VISION

ASA students are successful, productive, and positive members of their local and global communities.

OUR MISSION

The ASA provides an internationally recognized college preparatory education, fully accredited in the USA, which emphasizes academic excellence within a well-rounded program. ASA staff and parents foster a mutually supportive, tolerant school community with high ethical standards in academic and social life, fully utilizing the richness of the school’s cultural and international diversity. The ASA values individual students and enables their full development to produce successful, confident, adaptable, and responsible members of their community.

OUR GUIDING PRINCIPLES

Students will be challenged and guided to realize their full potential for academic, physical social and emotional development.

They will develop the ability to think critically and creatively, apply their learning to new situations, plan and organize, solve problems, research and learn independently and collaboratively. The students will gain satisfaction from academic and extracurricular accomplishment in a supportive, caring, and safe environment that nurtures student’s social and emotional well-being.

Students will study a balanced, varied, well-articulated, and integrated curriculum.

The curriculum incorporates English language arts, reading, and literature, mathematics, social studies, science, music, art, drama, physical education, foreign language, and information technology. Students will be encouraged to express themselves creatively through all subject areas. They will particularly develop the skills to express themselves clearly and creatively in English, especially in writing.

Students will learn from a program that reflects the international multicultural perspective and insights about world history, cultures, and people with a special focus on Madagascar and their home countries.

The academic program will feature direct field experiences in Madagascar as well as participation in community service. The educational program will utilize the unique location to enrich students’ cultural understanding and appreciation of our host country. The students will also gain an international multicultural perspective through information and insights about other countries, particularly, their home countries, communicated through as many subjects and activities as possible.

Students will be able to participate in diverse extra-curricular activities.

Emphasis will be given to sports, art, drama, music, social development, and visual technology that stimulate and develop the students’ interests and talents, and promote social interaction within the community at large.

Students will learn in ways that are active, engaging and stimulating.

Students will develop the attitudes, motivation, and skills necessary to be life-long learners. They will learn how to build good learning habits that will lead to maximizing the learning process. The learning process will include current methods that address students’ individual needs, talents and interests and will also promote development of teamwork skills. The students will learn how to use and incorporate modern technology as an integral part of their learning process. Faculty will inspire students to strive for academic, social, ethical, physical, and emotional growth.

Students will develop within a personal, caring, and secure environment that consciously uses the potential of a small school and class size.

To this end, close and open communication among teachers, administration, parents, and students will be encouraged. The school will create opportunities for structured interaction between different classes, serving to promote and stimulate an interest in and enthusiasm for learning among the younger students while developing a sense of responsibility and community among the older students.

Students will be challenged and guided to realize their full potential for human achievement.

They will develop a sense of respect, responsibility, understanding, and concern toward all other persons. Students will build self-esteem by being exposed to a variety of opportunities in which they will experience success. They will acquire the work habits, self-confidence, and social and emotional maturity they need to adapt to change, succeed in their next schools, and become effective, sensitive adults.