American University Preparatory School

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Philosophy, Mission, and Honor Code

Philosophy, Mission, and Honor Code

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 developing them to be inventors, problem solvers, and leaders 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 at 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, and so have developed numerous opportunities for students to engage in learning outside of the classroom, including internships at local and international businesses and organizations, the AUP STEAM Initiative (ASI), field trips, and community service projects. 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, I will uphold an ethical conduct in my academic pursuit, and will hold others accountable to the same conduct. I will neither give nor receive aid in class work, homework, quizzes, projects, or exams not previously authorized by the teacher. I will abide by the letter and spirit of academic integrity, and will not steal or violate the intellectual property of others. My name, on all my assignments and examinations, affirms my individual contribution to the work.

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


MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers (2003) defines plagiarism as:

“Using another person’s ideas, information, or expressions without acknowledging that person’s work constitutes intellectual theft. Passing off another person’s ideas, information, or expressions as your own to get a better grade or gain some other advantage constitutes fraud.”

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.

American University Preparatory School is proudly accredited by the Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC).