I am proud to welcome you to the AMS IV PRIDE. Each and every one of you are our PRIDE and joy! We are on a four (4) year journey that will lead our scholars to success in college, the workforce, and beyond. I am enthusiastic to welcome you to the AMS IV family and look forward to our journey together as consistent, collaborative and connected partners.
AMS IV’s learning community is centered on PRIDE - Perseverance, Respect, Integrity, Discipline and Excellence. In addition to developing critical thinkers and doers, we insist that our scholars, staff and parents demolish the common stereotypes that are associated with urban youth by exemplifying our core values in every aspect of their lives. We do things differently at AMS IV and express to our scholars that successful people are people of character. Character is who you are and what you do when you think nobody is watching. I encourage all of our families to understand that AMS IV is not a typical school. We have high expectations for behavior, academic success and family involvement.
AMS IV believes in and is committed to providing all scholars, regardless of their previous academic history, the highest quality education while supporting them in a caring environment that embodies an atmosphere of respect, community service and discipline. AMS IV, as part of the New Visions network, works to improve scholar achievement. As a science and math school, we aim to have all of our scholars take four (4) years of science and four (4) years of math in preparation for acceptance to colleges and other programs that require four (4) years in STEM subjects.
AMS IV ensures that scholars graduate with the skills and content knowledge necessary to succeed in their post-secondary choices by engaging scholars, teachers and administrators in learning experiences that allow risk-taking, embracing multiple attempts at learning, cultivating scholars’ imaginative and creative abilities, and celebrating achievement. This aspect of the school community can only be done if the PRIDE as a whole, exemplifies PRIDE and works to create a culture of learning without distraction.
We believe that all scholars should be challenged academically and asked to persevere, use critical thinking skills to discover, analyze, and critique real-world issues. We also believe that scholars should be equipped with the reading, writing, and speaking skills to easily and persuasively communicate their ideas to others.
I ask my families today to be involved in our scholar’s lives. High school is a time of change, challenge, exploration, and success. Our scholars, although they may think otherwise, need our support and guidance more than ever, to develop the foundation to successfully compete with and be successful in the global community. The elementary, middle school and “reality TV” mentality is now a thing of the past.
The AMS IV PRIDE dares to do things differently. I ask each AMS IV parent, scholar, and staff member to exemplify PRIDE and strive for nothing less than excellence in our work with our scholars, our cubs, our PRIDE. Our scholars are young adults striving to and succeeding in knocking down the idea that urban scholars, “can’t.” AMS IV scholars CAN! We are the AMS IV PRIDE.
“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela
Principal Sharon John