Philosophy, Mission, and Honor Code

Building global leaders by understanding the world and changing it!

Mission Statement

Our mission is to immerse students in a culture of collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and critical thinking with the goal of preparing them to become future leaders and problem solvers in local and global spheres.

Academic Philosophy

At AUP, our academic philosophy is premised on the belief that each student is unique, with varied talents and learning styles, and as such, requires a diverse range of pedagogical strategies to maximize his/her learning process. Our faculty approach teaching from a multimodal perspective, employing: Socratic learning to facilitate discussions; blended learning to enable students to preview/review lectures online; project-based learning to promote critical thinking and hands-on learning; computer adapted learning to enable individualized growth and development; differentiated instruction to tailor teaching to students’ specific needs; and global studies to promote cultural sensitivity, social responsibilities, and global citizenship.

The learning environment at AUP is nurturing, positive, and encouraging. We keep the student to teacher ratio to a maximum of 15:1 in order to make every effort to foster success in each student. We believe that real-world learning must go hand-in-hand with classroom learning. We are committed to develop opportunities for students to engage in learning outside of the classroom setting. Ultimately, our goal is to instill in our students a sense of everlasting wonder, a spirit of exploration and innovation, the courage to persevere through challenges, and the vision to pursue their passion with gravitas and integrity.

Honor Code

As a member of the American University Preparatory School community, we believe that students must be ethical in their academic pursuit, and will hold others accountable to the same conduct.

Academic integrity is central to the intellectual culture at AUP. Behavior that violates academic integrity includes:

  • giving or receiving answers to quizzes, tests, or examinations
  • lending or copying homework
  • entering an academic testing situation with an unfair advantage
  • copying an author’s text or rearranging the words without proper citation
  • using an author’s argument and representing them as one’s own

AUP adheres to the guidelines set for in the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2003) in regards to plagiarism. AUP expects students to adhere to the expectations subscribed above. Violations of the letter or the spirit of these expectations will be grounds for disciplinary action.