There was a time when Principals touring with groups of visitors would stride majestically down school corridors barely concealing their self-satisfaction at the studious hush in classroom after silent classroom, each full of diligent students-heads bowed, brows furrowed and pens working furiously. I am not one of those Principals and UAS is not one of those schools. Does that mean that we take a laissez-faire approach to students’ learning, progress, and achievement? Absolutely not! It means that we are committed to deep and lifelong learning and, incidentally, we see no reason why a lot of that can’t actually be fun!
When we talk to students about their work, we will find them enthusiastic, even impassioned, about their learning; we will be struck by how clearly they seem to understand their learning goals and the purpose behind the activities they are engaged in. And these activities seem to be requiring them to explore, to inquire, to hypothesize, to evaluate, to analyze and to create. But of course, a good education is about far more than what takes place in the classroom; it is about guiding the whole person towards his or her full potential.
A great school helps students to develop qualities as learners and leaders that will serve them well throughout their adult lives such as: resilience, empathy, creativity, commitment, adaptability, self-confidence, and humility. A great school helps students to acquire transferable skills like teamwork, analysis, problem-solving, effective communication, evaluation, active listening, reflection and research; and, just as importantly, it helps students to shape and consolidate core values such as tolerance, integrity, altruism and hard work. UAS is such a school.
We are blessed with a truly international staff and student body made up of many different nationalities as well as a palpably warm, tolerant and welcoming ethos but to these inherent advantages it has added over the years a wide range of events, strategies and activities designed to shape and develop the whole child; these are too many to mention here but a few key features include instilling an enthusiasm for creativity, learning for its own sake, reflection, empathy, and responsibility.
Simply put, UAS is a school where students flourish…. all of them!
Looking forward to a fantastic year,
Dr. David J Snyder
High School Principal
Universal American School, Kuwait
Acting Vice Principal’s Message
Dear Students and Parents,
I am delighted to join the High School team at UAS, especially since I will be working with families and students who have crossed my path while they journeyed through the Middle School! As the Vice Principal of the High School, my goal is to ensure that students grow and develop into independent learners, while supporting their academic, social, and emotional needs.
I look forward to working with parents and students in a safe, positive, nurturing environment while actively engaging students to work towards their true potential.
I am eager to work with our talented educators in support of student learning through rigorous, collaborative experiences within the UAS curriculum with programs such as Advanced Placement classes, and our wide-range of High School electives and clubs. My goal as a Vice Principal is to build and strengthen relationships with staff, parents, and students, by setting high expectations for them and myself as we all strive to achieve our common goal: guiding students towards graduating from our High School with the life and academic skills they need to soar.
My door is always open if you wish to reach out!
Layal Sleeq, MA
Acting High School Vice Principal
Universal American School, Kuwait