A warm welcome from Craig Johnson, Head of School, American School of Bombay
It is said, and I’ve always believed, that there is no education like adversity. Nothing could prove this axiom more true than COVID-19. The adversity that the pandemic brought upon the world was colossal. The foundations of every organization on the globe were fundamentally challenged.
Everything about us — our values, practices, strategic goals and visions, even our business models — was tested; and none of us will emerge, at the other end of this journey, as we existed prior to the arrival of this virus. The American School of Bombay is no exception.
Our school has long been recognized as a vanguard school; especially when it comes to designing and delivering the most relevant and personalized educational experiences. On March 16, 2020, the American School of Bombay (ASB) moved our educational program into the virtual world. It wasn’t until 320 days later that our first students and teachers returned to our campus. Our response to the pandemic was exceptional, and as we continue to flux between the virtual and the blended our commitment to excellence is steadfast.
ASB is a forty-year-old school deeply rooted in a two-thousand-year-old city. We are a kaleidoscope of tradition, culture, values, and ethnicity. Every major world religion and most modern languages are represented within our community and spoken on our campus. We are a village of people from over 50 countries, with one educator for every six students. So, what holds this world of plurality together? It is our community's drive to fulfill our mission.
We know who we are and we know what we have committed ourselves to. With authenticity and enthusiasm, we endeavor to keep the promise set forth in our Mission statement:
To inspire all of our students to continuous inquiry, empowering them with the skills, courage, optimism, and integrity to pursue their dreams and enhance the lives of others. And, through it all, we go about the work with joy!
The French scholar, Romain Rolland, wrote in 1929, "If there is one place on the face of earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home...it is India." I agree, and I like to believe the same about ASB. After all, what better place for dreams to find a home than a school? I hope you and your family see India, Mumbai, and ASB as I do, through Rolland's lens — as a home for your dreams.
Head of School, American School of Bombay