At Assumption Catholic School (ACS), the teachers and staff strive to develop every aspect of your child’s well being: spiritual formation, emotional support, academic ability, and physical health. The school provides a challenging curriculum that prepares them for the rigor of high school; and it does this by providing a collaborative culture, innovative curriculum, and partnerships with everyone in the community from parents to parishioners and corporations. To do this well, the teachers and staff believe that communication and collaboration are essential. Therefore, ACS has designed and implemented this new website structure and design with the hope of communicating clearly to current and prospective parents.
As you explore the site, you may see evidence of collaboration between students, parents, and teachers with the hope of building leadership. Everything at ACS finds its foundation in the words of Jesus from Matthew 5:16 that say, “In the same way, let your light shine before others that they may see your good works and glorify your father in heaven.” The teachers and staff inspire students to find their vocation (purpose in life), and to go out and make a difference in the world. This is done through servant leadership- a process in which humility and service go hand-in-hand. Teachers work together and in partnership with parents to support all learners across every grade level.
In order to support all learners, teachers focus on 21st Century skills such as creativity and critical thinking. With the support of the school’s “Growing Great Kids Auction” there has been an increased emphasis on programs in science and technology. To that end, the teachers have implemented a one-to-one device program for grades five to eight and they use Microsoft Office 365 to develop teams of students. This allows them to demonstrate their learning through group work and projects. In a changing world where half of this generation’s jobs have not been created yet, content itself becomes less relevant than how that content is accessed and interpreted. The school wants these foundational skills to be woven throughout the curriculum.
These foundational skills are necessary for every child growing up in the world today. That is why ACS is not just a school for the elite or the privileged. Thirty-five of the current families have received financial assistance in the past year and the school prides itself on its growing ethnic diversity. In order to be accessible to many families outside of Bellingham, ACS purchased a school bus and will begin it’s inaugural routes to and from Birch Bay and Ferndale in the 2018-19 school year. It is the school’s hope that transportation and distance will not be barriers for families who want to be here.
ACS is an environment of collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity for the 21st Century. Thank you to the teachers and staff who care for these children every day and for the leadership they foster in partnership with you.
Dan Anderson, Principal