American School of The Hague (ASH) Elementary School Principal, Mr. Tim Messick, has been selected to receive the 2018 National Distinguished Principal Award. This award is sponsored by the National Association of Elementary School Principals in the U.S., who recognize one principal from each of the U.S. states, plus two from international schools. Thus, Tim is one of only two Elementary School Principals from hundreds of international schools to receive this prestigious honor.
School Director Rick Spradling says: “At ASH, we are immeasurably honored that one of our Principals is receiving this richly-deserved recognition at this stage of his long and impressive career. Mr. Messick’s selection results from the input of a great many nominating letters enumerating his achievements at our school, including his interactions with teachers, support staff, leadership team and parents, but most of all for his deep and genuine love for the students under his care and supervision over the years at ASH. “
Tim Messick is invited for the award ceremony on Thursday, October 11th and Friday, October
12th. During these days in Washington, he will attend a reception at the U.S. Department of State’s Harry S. Truman building, several social activities at which he will be honored by high-ranking dignitaries from the U.S. Department of Education.
American School of The Hague offers an American-style education, modified for an international audience. Located in Wassenaar with two campus locations within 7 minutes walking distance of each other, the school offers complete Early Childhood education, Elementary, Middle and High School programs for students aged 3 to 18.
The school currently hosts 1220 students from close to 80 nationalities of which 26% are American and 12% are Dutch. It has a unique Special Needs program for students in Upper Elementary, Middle and High School. The High School offers a General Diploma, a US Diploma, the International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB) and Certificates, and Advanced Placement (AP) courses. IB and AP courses can be combined.
Students get access to a wide range on extracurricular activities, e.g. visual arts, music, drama
and sports programs. American School of The Hague is fully accredited by the Council of International Schools and the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and is governed by a parent-elected Board of Trustees.

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