Portrait of a Learner

Our ASL community worked together to identify the traits that exemplify what it is to be a learner at the American School in London. The result of this collaboration is a group of characteristics that are unique to our school.

These essential traits are evident every day at ASL; in our classrooms, at Canons Park, in our hallways, at recess, in the Staff Lounge, on field trips and at school events.

There is a thinker, an explorer, a collaborator, an innovator and a communicator within every student. We care about our well-being, and show respect, responsibility, kindness and integrity in the lives we lead. We value and encourage these characteristics in others. More than anything, we have the courage to act.


We use critical and creative thinking skills to analyze ideas and problems. 
We use inquiry to understand important concepts and questions.


We value a sense of wonder and are curious about the world.     
We cultivate our interests and strengths.
We find passion and purpose in our work.


We engage purposefully with others to support common goals.
We understand and respect diverse approaches.  


We seek creative solutions to real-life problems.
We value mistakes as learning opportunities.


We listen, speak and write effectively.
We communicate clearly with others through dialogue and participation.
We value the ability to do so in multiple languages. 
We attend to the perspectives of other individuals and groups. 


We seek a balance of mind, body and spirit as we grow.
We are conscious of our health in the choices we make.


We treat others the way we expect to be treated.
We appreciate our own cultures and personal histories. 
We value diversity of thought and experience.


We take ownership of our words, actions and learning.
We fulfill our obligations to ourselves and to others.


We act with compassion.
We help others.    


We are honest.
We work hard. 
We make the right choice even when no one is watching. 

Courage to Act

We stretch and grow by taking risks.
We are resourceful in the face of challenges and change.
We have the courage to speak up for ourselves and for others.
We take positive action to make our community and world a better place.