My daughter is in her first year at ASMS and what an experience it has been. She has not only done well academically but she has stepped outside of her comfort zone. My once introverted child has taken the stage in theater, ran cross country, been part of the tennis team, made incredible friendships, been part of the leadership of Ignite, and found one of her favorite classes- French!
I often get asked "Was it a hard decision to let your child attend ASMS knowing she would have to live on campus?" My answer: She was prepared for this. She had been working hard for this opportunity since first attending AIMS camp. She knew the opportunities that could await her, but she also knew it would require sacrifice. As a family we knew if we got that acceptance letter, her educational experience would be priceless. Move in day was hard for me as a mom but also exciting because I was getting to watch firsthand as my daughter was experiencing something she has worked so hard for. I've watched her take this opportunity in stride and make the most of it.
It is true that ASMS is no playground. It takes diligent studying and prioritizing. She had to find her rhythm and learn that the classes are harder and require more than just a thought. She recently took the French national exam, and we know how hard she prepared for it.
One of the biggest takeaways I've had with our first year at ASMS is to really listen to my student. There have been some weekends where she just needs to come home and catch her breath and yes, even sleep sometimes. She is also involved in our local church and her youth group, so keeping that connection for her is imperative.
We are so thankful for ASMS and what it means to our family. I've gotten to watch my daughter find her passions for education in her own way, and I cannot wait to see what the next years hold for her at this incredible school.
Mrs. Allison Gailard
ASMS Parent to a Current Sophomore
*Pictured: Mrs. Gaillard with her family members at ASMS Family Celebration!