By Rebecca Zeigler Mano | Director/Founder, Education Matters
Dear friends, supporters and alumni of USAP,
During a year of much strife in our world, we wish you all a very joyous holiday season.
We are proud to report that 15 students from the Class of 2023 were admitted and fully funded during the highly-selective Early Decision/Early Action round of U.S. admissions decisions. Together these 15 students earned over US$4.5 million in scholarship support.
Twelve more students were deferred from the ED/EA round of admissions to the next rounds, either ED2 or RD and we wish them the best as they continue on their application journey. We are confident that students from USAP Community School are well prepared to take positive advantage of what colleges and universities have to offer and will be engaged participants of the academic communities they join, both in and out of the classroom.
Thank you for your support that makes such amazing news possible. Our students are excited to build on their talents and USAPCS education to become the change they want to see in this world. We can't think of any better holiday news!
By Nicole Kumbula | Fundraising and Partnerships Manager
USAPCS students touring a hydroponic farm
We are now in the third and final term of the 2023 academic year. Our students are posed to start writing their final AS and A level Cambridge examinations next week. In Zimbabwe, this time is symbolized by the bright purple jacaranda tree leaves, a firm reminder to our faculty,staff and students that it's that time of the year. We continue to wish our students the very best in their final examinations.
Second term concluded very well and the students had a 3 week school break in August at home. It was also a chance for the Upper 6 students to also work on their capstone projects in their home communities. The Upper 6’s have all identified their early decision or early action school choice to apply too. In the midst of the exam reviews, college supplemental essays and laboratory preparation, some students are participating in the early morning gardening and harvesting of the crops that they will eat in the dining hall. It's indeed a special time of the year on campus as we wrap the year and we continue to give all our support to the students as they sit for their exams and eventually the Upper 6’s graduate in November.
Congratulations to our USAP Community School students on being selected as one of the Advancing Global Sustainability Initiatives finalists for the Zayed Sustainability Prize! Our school was chosen from 5,213 Global High School submissions across 163 countries. USAPCS is one of the 3 High schools in Sub Saharan Africa that presented project-based and student-led sustainability solutions and a team of our students will be traveling to Dubai for the Finalist stage. We are grateful to our Research Methods faculty member for guiding the students in the application process during his Princeton in Africa fellowship year with us at our Goromonzi Campus. Together, the team researched, planned and wrote a proposal over the two months to implement a hydroponic farm (a farm that uses no soil, only water, but saves water by 90% compared to traditional farming techniques), solar harnessing site and recycling center.
Looking beyond 2023, we are in the process of recruiting for our 5th incoming USAPCS cohort that will start Lower six in January 2024. This year we received 547 applications from across all 10 provinces in the country as well as Tongogara Refugee Camp. As with our tradition, USAP alumni based in Zimbabwe have graciously volunteered to read the applications as our selection committee; we appreciate their time and support in helping us narrow down the selection process for the future change makers of Zimbabwe. We look forward to welcoming the class of 2025 at our permanent campus in Marondera which nears completion for the Phase 1 construction of the academic and students residential building. Thank you for your continued support that makes USAP Community School a reality!
USAPCS Students Continue to Achieve Great Heights!
By Rebecca Zeigler Mano | Director, Education Matters
Student display Rwandan dances at USAPCS
Dear friends of USAP Community School,
As we round the half way point of 2023, we reflect on what so far has been a fantastic year.
The year started with the welcoming of our new Head of School, Ms. Chiedza Mufunde, a USAP Alum herself who brings a rich background in psycho-social support as well as organizational management to our new chapter of school leadership. In her first six months with us, she has carried on the strong precedent that founding Head James Linville set to strive to be a community that lives by its stated values as well as one that works hard to strive for excellence.
Our students sprung into action first term with 25 of them as finalists for the Zimbabwe Science Fair. They scooped numerous gold, silver and bronze medal prizes and several won special awards. Ruvarashe Moyo, a L6 student, continued to represent Zimbabwe at ISEF in Dallas where she won a Ricoh $10,000 scholarship.
In other extracurriculars, our musical talent shown at the National Institute of Allied Arts where our students won Honors as well as an African music accapella cup for the Eistedfod Music Festival. Our chess team came third at the St John's chess festival, whlie our boys' football (soccer) team remains undefeated after seven wiins. Archery contines a strong sport that our students explore, with three of our students making national team marks and one who will represent Zimbabwe in South Africa in July.
During our intersession week of workshops at the end of the first term, a group of 8 from our Traditional Dance Club traveled to Rwanda for a one week cultural exchange.
The Class of 2022 have as of now received over $6 million in scholarships to attend top universities in the United States,. Ghana and Kenya. We wish them all the best in their next chapters, hoping their USAPCS values are baked into them.
None of these achievements would be possible without your continued support. Thank you for believing in the transformative power of education for our students.
With gratitude, Rebecca and the USAPCS and Education Matters Team
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