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ASL has long held a reputation as one of the top ‘college prep’ schools outside the US. Parents select it – often in contrast to the British system – because of its ‘pedagogy’. ‘It’s the polar opposite to what I experienced in an English school,’ said a grade 12 student. ‘At my old school, I used only to get marks for right and wrong. Here, you get marks for working out and participation. It’s a journey, not just the end result.’ For those staying the course (and over 80 per cent of the current grade 12 have been in high school throughout), university preparation is excellent. Most make the US their first choice, and three full-time advisors …

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What the school says...

The American School in London empowers each student to thrive as a lifelong learner and courageous global citizen by fostering intellect, creativity, inclusivity and character.

ASL is an independent, college-preparatory, K-12 day school, providing an exceptional American education in the heart of London. Our diverse student body of approximately 1,425 represents 75 nationalities and speaks 65 languages, and families join us from all over the globe. We celebrate innovation and individuality, and applaud academic success. Students thrive amid high expectations and the joy of authentic learning experiences. Committed to creating courageous global citizens, we inspire students to engage with others across lines of difference in a changing world. ...Read more

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Head of school

Since July 2023, Matthew Horvat, previously head of school at The Overlake School in Redmond, Washington. As an undergraduate he studied history at the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a master’s in mathematics and teaching at Boston University, with further training in non-profit management at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Prior to his stint at Overlake, he served as high school principal at the University of Chicago Laboratory School. He has also held administrative positions at the Collegiate School and Browning School in New York City and taught maths and IT at Taipei American School in Taiwan. His professional associations include board service for the National Merit Scholarship Corporation and the Northwest
Association of Independent Schools.


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