ACS Extracurricular Activities
The American College of Sofia has developed an extracurricular program that endeavors to create a bridge between the scholastic world of ACS students and life outside campus. The ACS extracurricular program has been designed to strongly support the concept of a holistic education, one which prepares individuals for all aspects of their lives after the College.
ACS Dance Program
The ACS Dance Program is based on a modern-contemporary style, combined with a variety of classical, ethno, house, pop and film music.
Memorizing choreography and executing complex movements is an excellent exercise for the brain and the spirit. Dance also teaches skills that help in many aspects of life, including: increased focus, greater ability to listen to and follow directions, practice overcoming challenges, and greater ability to express emotion. Dance also helps develop rhythm, coordination and music appreciation.
Our mission is to “tell a story" using the body, acting and performing - at the Christmas concerts and Arts Fest at the end of the school year. The road is long, but worth it.
We believe that dancing is a necessity, which can grow into an internal love and appreciation.
ACS Football club
We have two football teams, represented by players from 8th-10th grade (ACS II) and students from 11th and 12th grade (ACS I). We hold practices every week and with each week we get better and evolve as a team. Our goal is to create a cohesive team with great spirit and try to achieve the highest results possible. Both teams participate in various tournaments with other schools and most of the time the results are really good. The latest challenge, the Tournament of the Private Schools, was a great success for our first team. They managed to win all of their games with big difference and won the tournament. One of the biggest achievements in recent times was the international tournament last year in Israel. Once again ACS I managed to win all of the games, winning the tournament and expanding the school's reputation internationally. Overall, the football teams are really important for the school because we perform well, create a great team, increase ACS’s sports reputation and have a lot of fun doing it.
ACS Instrumental Music Studio
ACS Instrumental Music Studio provides opportunities for students to develop performing skills and to perform classical music on stage.
In addition to developing performing and artistic skills, our goals are focused on learning more about classical music composers and styles, as well as gaining knowledge in music theory. To achieve those goals we are working on different solo and ensemble pieces from different classical eras.
We are rehearsing in individual time periods (once or twice a week for each student), except when we prepare an ensemble work and when we have dress rehearsals for the stage events.
Our main concerts are the ACS Classical Concert each spring and the classical spotlight presented at the Arts Fest.
The ACS Musical brings together students who share a passion for theater and the performing arts. It also strives to foster an appreciation of all forms of the performing arts and provides opportunities for artistic and personal growth for the benefit of the ACS community.
We lead the students through all stages of a full scale Musical Production.
We build a cast of committed students who are capable of delivering meaningful messages to the audience, through music, dance, acting.
The club meets every Monday at 3:45. Usually one presenter (usually the president, vice-president or sponsor, but open to members interested in the topic) will give a presentation and short lecture on a topic in astronomy. This involves human astronomy, history of astronomy, geography of space (descriptions of various astronomical objects and phenomena) or problem solving. These problems are usually connected either to physics in or out of the curriculum as well as preparation for the astronomy olympiads.
Additionally throughout the year the club will host astronomy nights and observations (both morning and evening). Some of these are restricted to members of the club, while others are open to the Greater ACS Community. Evening observations involve the club meeting together and participating in team building activities (for example watching a movie) until the planets (or other astronomical objects) align - usually until 7-8 pm, at which point we observe said objects through Mr. Youngs’ telescope. Morning observations usually after daylight savings at around 6-8 am, in order to minimize light pollution. Note: Due to the COVID-19 epidemic, the activities that require meeting in person are on hold, though they are still exemplary for the club.
The club will also have activities in the SCIFI space for different Astronomy-related projects. This works both as a team-building activity and an opportunity to become more acquainted with SCIFI.
Automobiles and Racing Club
The Automobiles and Racing Club’s mission is to educate people about how an automobile functions, driving on public roads and discuss different racing series like Formula 1, Formula E, Rally series, etc. This is going to be achieved by discussions, lectures and workshops which concentrate on the aforementioned topics. There will also be practical examples and applications of the learned information, which are going to be useful in real-life situations. An example of these is learning about basic road signs, rules and manoeuvres in specific real-life situations. We are also going to discuss innovations and technologies in modern-day cars
We are mainly focused on the Creativity strand of the CAS system, but we can organise events in which Activity and Service CAS can be acquired. Such events may be a go-kart race at the Sofia Karting Ring circuit or other circuits, meetings of the club members on Sundays during which we are going to watch and discuss a number of Formula 1 races together, meetings with motorsport commentators and or drivers, track days and many more.
Last year we had a formal 2 hour long online meeting with the F1 commentator Momchil Manchev, who told us all about commentating and his career in it, and answered our questions about motorsport and his ties to it. Another activity we organised last year was a karting race at the Sofia Ring Mall karting circuit, where we had a lot of fun together.
Banking and Finance Club
The Banking and Finance Club was established this year. It is the place where we discuss the basics of financing and banking. Our mission is to introduce basic principles of finances, starting with the history and development of banks from their establishment to today, then continuing with the basic principles of finance, basic terms, stocks, loans, etc.
The purpose of the club will be to understand the basics of the financial principles and the fundamentals of the banking systems as orientation in the financial and banking sphere. Our purpose is not to become the best financiers, but to give a better understanding of the idea of finance that will help the members of the club in their future choice of university. During the meetings, we have discussions, sometimes watching movies about some of the most successful financiers.
BG drama devotes itself through rehearsals and practice to educating students in different aspects of Drama:
Additionally, it educates the ACS students in the history of the performance text preparing them for the performance in their mother tongue. It is in the play where the students may unlock their hidden talents in and take journey in theater.
Brave New World Society
Brave New World Society described in one word is diversity. There’s everything you could possibly think of: from debates to science labs and drawing, and this has to do with the fact that when exploring the world, one cannot simply look at it from a scientific or political or sociological perspective. You should take into consideration all views on the matter, and this is what we do in Brave New World Society—we explore the world in a non-conventional manner. All our activities reflect on the idea of becoming well-rounded individuals, and we manage to combine the arts and sciences in our meetings. We watch prominent films, read world-class literature, listen to relaxing music after a busy day, discuss current and controversial issues regarding Artificial Intelligence, Nuclear Energy, Modern Physics, Anti-utopian societies in literature, etc. Throughout the year we will also do various creative tasks: writing letters to our role models/scientists, painting constellation maps, star-gazing, organising art/science workshops, and visiting the observatory in Rozhen as part of our space exploration. Our approach might be different, but then again how are we supposed to popularise science otherwise? Life is exciting, and while we are still young and curious, we might as well explore all of its opportunities.
The main purpose of the club is to organize seminars where the participants meet leading Bulgarian businessmen, learn valuable tips in order to succeed in their own career path, attend interesting workshops with professionals from different spheres of business and economics. Through discussions spanning international relations, entrepreneurship, marketing, finance, and the realty sector, students move beyond the confines of material in the school curriculum. In the seminars, we also discuss topics on the Bulgarian and world economy and politics. Some of the most interesting speakers that have come to deliver lectures are Mr. Stanimir Iliev, NDSV party member and former MEP, Mr. Levon Hampartzoumian, former CEO of UniCredit Bulbank, Ms. Milena Dencheva, main director of Lidl Bulgaria, Ms. Ralitsa Slavova, CEO at Maxxium Bulgaria, and many more. Some of our guests, such as Ms.Elena Marinova and Elvin Gury, have even been on the cover of Forbes Bulgaria. This year we will organize a fundraising event to raise money for donation and continue inviting exciting guests. We plan on organizing an event for the student body in the College to come and listen to lectures by some of the most accomplished Bulgarian businessmen from different spheres.
The Career Orientation Club was founded in 2016. Since then, the club was involved in different meetings and events in order to help students decide for their future plans and path. A Career Fair was organized twice (in 2017 and 2019), and it was a very successful event, attended by a significant number of students from ACS. During the academic years, there were seminars and presentations which were meant to help people learn more about different professions and talk to different people from certain professional areas.
The club holds weekly meetings where members can discuss their ideas for the future and help each other with information, support, etc.
The purpose of the club is to deepen the knowledge and interest of students in their field of interest related to cinema and movie-making.
The aim of the club is to engage people’s interest in movies, working with movies and thinking more thoroughly about movies. We will evolve the participants’ interest in movies, their ability to perceive them better, and their general knowledge about movies.
Throughout the year we will be looking at various classic movie scenes that are known for their genius. We will be holding discussions about those scenes and will further enlarge people’s knowledge about what movies these scenes are, what influence they had, and what they mean. One of the eras that we want to explore is the Golden Age of Cinema, known for its amazing movies. Occasionally, we are going to hold longer meetings, in which we will be watching movies in full and having discussions about them throughout the next few meetings. The idea is that through this, we will change the way that people watch movies, the way that they think about them, and what they get out of the movie.
We are excited to have different opinions about movies and to explore different film-making techniques that are used to achieve the effects that we still see in movies today. Knowing and watching the movies of the last century is important to understanding movies today.
Our aim to improve people’s experience with movies and enable them to explore more movies, better.
Circus Arts Club
The Circus Arts Club is one with a long tradition that now reopens after a short period of closure. The club aims to teach students basic juggling and slack-lining, as well as more complicated tricks in circus arts. It is also a great opportunity for students to practice juggling in duos and trios, skills that can only be tried out in a jugglers’ community. Both juggling and slack-lining require an exceptional degree of concentration and coordination. As such they not only improve students’ fitness but also serve as a counterbalance to the stress of academic and personal life. By learning circus arts, students develop lifelong skills that enhance their lives and improve their school performance and attitude toward learning.
We are a warm and accepting community, as we have learned through many trials and errors that circus arts are hard, but incredibly fun to practice. More skilled jugglers and slack-liners usually help their club mates, a unique interaction that leads to a faster mastery of the circus arts. Meetings are held on a weekly basis, but informal gatherings in the park on weekends are also not unlikely. The club abstains from participation in shows and competitions, but rather focuses on the philosophy (and practice) of circus arts, and the benefits that individuals can ripe from them.
Dungeonors Guild - Board Games Club
The club was created for people who want to relax after school and bond over their shared interests for board games such as Dungeons and Dragons, The Settlers of Catan, Magic: The Gathering, Monopoly and many more. The club in not exclusive to those who know how to play said games. The members will be able to learn and develop their skills. Tournaments will be organized within the club. CAS opportunities will include the design of game characters (creativity), the design of games (creativity), the creation of said games (activity, creativity) - more will be added.
There are no restrictions for club members - everybody is welcome! We will use Mr. Plass’ game collection, but if you want to play something different, feel free to bring your own games.
Creative Writing Club
Once upon a time in a classroom far away (Sanders 308) during the most marvelous of centuries, a plucky band of students set out on a quest to find their creative writing muse. Their mission included weekly presentations and regular writing challenges and no questions were ever considered stupid or irrelevant. On their epic journey, they encountered many heroes like Stephen King, George Orwell and Neil Gaiman whose wisdom and insights during discussions and homework provided them with valuable weapons to defeat the demons of insecurity, procrastination, boredom, and lack of inspiration. Advice was shared and ideas were explored as the travellers honed their technical skills and developed their craft.
Eventually the gang of students went far beyond their comfort zone. They climbed the mountains of doubt, trekked across the bleak desert of writer’s block, navigated the murky waters of the editing process, and carefully traversed delicate narrative structures. It was all worth it. They returned with valuable words, sentences, characters and concepts that they put to use in writing competitions both inside and outside of school. They all lived happily ever after, surrounded by glittering prizes, glory and CAS points.
The club was originally founded in 1933. It was reestablished after the reopening of the College and since then it is an essential part of the CAS program. Since the founding of the National Debate Team in 2015, ACS students from the club have been forming the backbone of the team, with a record 4 out of 9 people on the team coming from the college. For two consecutive years (2017 and 2018) the national debate cup (BDA Open) was won by ACS students.
We hold weekly debates where members can try out and develop their public speaking skills and get detailed individual feedback afterwards. We also hold workshops and exercises aimed at improving specific skills. On a regular basis, the club is taking part in debate tournaments in Bulgaria.
Events: We hold the ACS Debate Open annually, where teams from the entire country gather to compete for one of the most prestigious debating trophies in the country.
Digital World Club
Digital World Club is about creating video games, 3D models and engineering using different professional software. The club was created in 2018 and uses 3 different apps to create material: Solidworks, Blender and Unity. First we learn how to use the software when we meet in the computer lab, and then the members are assigned individual projects so that they can work on utilizing the skills to create new material on their own. Finally, each student presents their work on Digital Fest. Last year we worked on 3 different projects in the club - CouncilTrack; Virtual Map of ACS, and AR Learn, which are all used at the College to make the educational experience more interactive and overall better.
Discover Bulgaria is a club devoted to Bulgarian culture, history, nature, and mysteries. It has been around in the American College of Sofia for a long time and it attracts a lot of new members every year. Its purpose is to educate its members about Bulgarian facts concerning its culture. Here we do presentations on different topics about significant Bulgarian events, people, or places. Later, these presentations are all collected in a single google website. Its purpose is to be of use to other students or people who are interested in the topics that we discuss. Ideally, the club also invites guest speakers to talk about a specific professional field that has something to do with the main themes of Discover Bulgaria. We organize visits to museums and hikes that have a purpose of enjoyment and appreciation of the beautiful Bulgarian nature. We collaborate with other school organizations like The Fountain and SMACS (Short movies). The goal of Discover Bulgaria is for its members to have fun while actively participating in activities that interest every one of us. Discover Bulgaria is a place where all members feel welcome and are strongly encouraged to take part in club projects and activities. The projects include group work as well as individual research. Discover Bulgaria strives to be flexible enough so that the topics that are discussed are interesting and relevant to everyone.
The Economics Club’s mission is to provide a better understanding of global, national and local economic issues that are confronting society. We strive to enrich student knowledge and skills in the field of economics which provides a systematic framework for analyzing, researching, writing, and teaching about a wide array of financial and regional economic issues. Our usual meeting includes a presentation, covering material either from the AP Micro- or Macroeconomics exam and a discussion based on a relevant problem that is affecting society. The idea is not only to lay out the basic concepts of economics, but to create the link between the theory that the school system teaches students and reality. Implying the studied material, students must be able to analyze an economical situation, predict its future and be able to weigh which solution is best and what its outcomes might occur. Even more, we are not only talking about current on-going issues, but also ones that have occurred throughout history, in order to create a parallel between the past and the present. The CAS is based on attendance, submission of the forms posted in the classroom and participation during the discussions. It will count mostly as creativity, but if a student provides materials for a discussion and wants to lead it, this will count as service. The students are encouraged to ask questions if they don’t understand something or want to learn more.
English Drama's mission is to provide performance opportunities for all interested students of ACS, encourage learning through performing arts, acknowledge the educational power of theater, build better relations within the ACS community.
We build a team of motivated and dedicated students, and produce a quality drama production, and present it in front of an audience. We entertain and inspire the public.
Entrepreneurship and Enterprise Club
The Entrepreneurship and Enterprise club’s focus is on innovative businesses. We will discuss new trends in the business industry, what qualities successful entrepreneurs have, turning ideas into action, and eventually planning our own business. During club meetings we will discuss articles from business magazines, business related news events, watch TED talks, listen to PodCast, and write a business plan. One of our major goals is to bring innovative business ideas to the ACS community and we will do this by inviting entrepreneurs for round table talks.
Financial Markets Club
The mission of the Financial Markets Club is to connect students that have enthusiastic interest and unlimited curiosity about finance, marketing and investment of all types. In this club members will share knowledge and insight with everyone, and in this way, they will feel comfortable talking about finance and performing different investment strategies. Our purpose is together to educate on investment banking and learn more about different careers in finance. This will become a reality through career-oriented activities based on finance that will give members the opportunity to learn useful information which will prepare them for their future choice. Our Club is keen on providing an environment where students with common interests can learn from each other, develop major financial skills and improve through live experience like guest speakers, presentations, projects. Moreover, members will broaden their minds by using creativity, critical thinking and strategies which are all required for the finance and investment world. A priority in our Club is to work on real-life projects in which every member will take a significant position. The major purpose of this is to provoke the critical thinking in members and improve their creative skills at the end. The purpose of the Club is to gather together students with common interests in finance and to give them the opportunity to improve in this field. Members will be exposed to a wide variety of finance-related problems such as investment banking, wealth management, sales, trading, etc. In order to manage, they will use their creativity and critical thinking, which is what the Club aims for. Our purpose is to learn various aspects of finance and investment that will help students explore different career-paths based on it. Learning will be based on theoretical and practical activities that will provoke members’ creativity and extraordinary thinking.
Fridays for Future
“Fridays for Future” is a new club that focuses on raising awareness about climate issues among students of ACS and citizens of Sofia. This means that we do not plan to simply participate in the climate protests every Friday and call it a day; we plan to invite speakers to the school and host talks with them, as well as to organize student-led events with games, presentations, and competitions, which would help establish a healthy eco-friendly lifestyle within the ACS community.
For now, we plan for the club to meet Fridays after school or during consultation. Our meetings will be dedicated to creating materials for our campaign, getting in touch with our supporters, and discussing the work done so far.
Members of the Club do not have to participate in every single activity - some might make posters to hand out to protesters, which they could count for both Creativity and Service, while others might help organize events by talking to the administrative bodies of ACS. Despite the name of the Club, it is certainly not imperative to participate in the protests in order to be a member - as it is stated on the official website of the event, “All support is welcome.”
We hope that over the year, this club would be able to participate in or organize events that count towards all strands of CAS. However, is important that those who consider joining know that since the main aim of the Club is to raise awareness, we are going to focus primarily on Service and, to some extent, on Creativity.
Friends of UNICEF
Friends of UNICEF is a club which gives its members the opportunity of expanding their world view through communication with people of different ages and backgrounds, while participating in charity events, which will result in positive outcomes for both the students as developing adults and citizens and the people in need we will be working with.
The club concentrates on helping the community in any way possible. We participate in a variety of different campaigns and work with several organizations in order to get to more people and achieve greater results, which for our team means making someone’s day better, having a short talk concerning their problems, or even having fun together. The focus in our club is on charity in all its various forms and teaching young people that caring about the society means taking care of themselves and their closest people as well. The members of the club are responsible students whose only goal is to provide help to those in need. The club has been working with several organizations for a long time, so we do our best in order to satisfy the expectations of our partners.
The main goals of “Friends of UNICEF” are two - helping the community in all its forms and teaching young people and future adults that the action of doing charity work is not only useful for the society we live in, but is also satisfying for the person who does it and this is what we aim for - achieved results and happy people.
It completely covers the Service factor in the CAS criteria, as well as the Creativity one if the specific members participate in such initiatives and according to the specific task they will be doing in the club.
Graphic Design Club
As it is the first year of this club’s existence, we are still trying to work with smaller groups of people and also following an actual curriculum. In the beginning, we will only work with Adobe Photoshop, editing photos and making collages, while learning the basics of the program in the meantime.
After getting comfortable with the functions of Photoshop, we will apply for events and/or campaigns, providing them with free branding/posters/other designs, which will additionally help us with the Service, as well as Creativity parts of the new CAS system.
As there aren’t many ways to implement the Activity sector of the CAS system into our curriculum, we will have outdoor photography sessions in order to gather our own materials for the designs we do, while also having fun.
Helping Hand Club
Helping Hand Club is a place where students meet to serve the community by being a helping hand to those in need. Throughout the year the students can choose from among various initiatives and fundraisers to take part in. The initiatives may focus on one-on-one communication, assistance of elderly people and children, or volunteering in charity events. During fundraisers we typically collect food, money, books, games, etc., for day care centers for children with disabilities.
Helping Hand Club meets every Wednesday after school to discuss future initiatives or to organise fundraisers. During weekends the club members can choose to participate in initiatives based on their interests and availability. Our goal is that every student should be given the opportunity to help the community in the best possible way. Ultimately, the club members will learn the significance of doing good, improve their communication skills, and gradually become the leaders we need nowadays.
The Hiking Club has been around for the past five years; its mission - gathering people who enjoy spending time in nature and allowing them to do so in an ever-changing and growing environment. Ever since its establishment, it has brought both students from different grade levels and teachers from various backgrounds together to explore the natural beauty of the Bulgarian mountain regions.
It gathers once or twice a month (depending on the members’ schedule) for a hike and at least once for a planning meeting, during which the route chosen can be discussed, edited, and completed. During this planning meeting, students receive important information regarding safety as well as equipment needed for a successful hike. Although we usually hike in Vitosha, since it is in close proximity to Sofia and access via public transportation is easy, we are known to organize trips in Rila, Stara Planina, etc. We have previously arranged overnight hikes, supervised by ACS teachers, an opportunity for members of the club to explore more challenging hiking trails. This usually happens during long weekends or breaks. In the past, we have also conducted joint ventures with other clubs in ACS such as the Photography Club. This year we plan to get in contact with the people who take care of the national parks or the Mountain Rescue Service of the Red Cross and help them with marking the mountain tracks or putting signs in regions that have been neglected. We contribute to the community by giving students a chance to meet new people who share a similar passion and spend more time in nature, thus promoting a healthier lifestyle in the indoor-oriented world we live in.
Human Rights Mock Trial
The Human Rights Mock Trial Club was created in 2018 by Kristabel Konta, Dora Angelova, and Rado Angelov, and is the only Law club at the American College of Sofia. More specifically, it deals with human rights and all of their aspects under the legal framework, with the aim of educating students about their basic human rights, and more importantly how they are defended in the contemporary judicial systems.
In the 2018-2019 school year, the club organized the first national European Court of Human Rights Mock Trial, which was held on March 22 and 23 in the House of Europe and Sofia University. The goal of the event was to gather high school and university students with an interest in or already studying Law. The event itself consisted of a lecture and a workshop on the first day, followed by a full competition day. Among the participants were students from over 7 Bulgarian cities, and the event was followed on both national and international level. During this school year, the Human Rights Mock Trial Club is going to hold the second edition of the Mock Trial, with the hope of turning this into an annual tradition.
Facebook Page: https://facebook.com/echrmocktrial/
ACS Web Site Articles - https://www.acs.bg/news/do-we-take-human-rights-for-granted/
Italian Culture Club
The Italian Culture Club creates a great sense of community for ACS students who are passionate about Italy. The main purpose of the club is to engage its members in unique and fun experiences that allows them to enhance their appreciation and knowledge of the Italian cultural heritage regarded by UNESCO as World Heritage. The club offers many opportunities to receive CAS hours for all three strands. Meetings take place weekly, on Thursdays from 15:45 to 16:25.
Throughout the year we will be covering the general presentation of Italy, its history and art. The Italian Culture club also offers regular visits at the Italian Culture Institute in Sofia. While exploring the culture, you may learn more about Italian Christmas and New Year traditions, namely, Capodanno and La Befana. Other aspects of Italian culture that will be covered include fashion, design, automotive industry, and food. Italian gastronomy is an important aspect of society in Italy, which is why we will be tasting different foods as well as learning the art of “slow cooking” Italian style from experienced Italian chefs. Finally, a trip to Sicily may be planned in order to realistically explore the unique mixture of cultures existing on the biggest Mediteraеnean island. Members will be participating in charity events in support of the St Nicholas Orphanage in Novi Han as per the tradition of the club. If anything mentioned above sparks your interest, consider joining the Italian Culture Club!
Keep Our Planet Alive
Keep Our Planet Alive’s main aims are to inspire and encourage students to become aware of their environmental impact and to aid our planet’s conservation by regularly cleaning different polluted areas. Our activities involve a new kind of recycling in which club members show the beauty of it by creating handmade ornaments from bottles, lids, paper, etc. We plan on visiting different schools and kindergartens where we can teach the younger generation about pollution, recycling, and how to lead a more sustainable lifestyle. The organization was also introduced in Plovdiv, so we have two main locations, and thus, a greater impact.
The members of Keep Our Planet Alive have already done three clean-ups, one in Plovdiv and two in Sofia. We held a Christmas fundraiser in ACS, where wel presented our innovative and unique creations made from recycled materials. Our planet needs help and our team is determined to use our skills, passion, and enthusiasm to help her!
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/KEEPOURPLANETALIVE2019
There have been library helpers since 1998. At first there were only several volunteers to help with shelving and labeling books. During the years 2000-2007 the members numbered 30-40. During those years helpers were specialized. We had several helpers on duty during lunch breaks and after classes shelving books, making photocopies or cataloging books. In 2007-2008 we moved to IB compatible computers. We found another program which was more professional. During the next years the students moved from copying to printing homework. The number of helpers dwindled.
In more recent years the library was moved to Abbott 3rd floor during the reconstruction of the America for Bulgaria Campus Center. The club stopped its work. The second big school change was the gradual exchange of desk computers and LAN network to WiFi network and Chromebooks for teachers and students. It changed the library service system.
Since the 2018-2019 school year when the library moved to the new space on the second floor of the America for Bulgaria Campus Center the school adopted the paperless policy. As of June 2018 the Library Helpers club was resumed. The students helped with the shelving of the whole collection of about 16,000 books. This year the members of the club will help with book processing - labeling, stamping, taping donation labels of new books. The total number of titles donated by alumni and others is about 800. This will support the overall friendly and organized atmosphere in the library.
The mission of the marketing club is to unleash creativity in students who would like to attend the club and challenge them to create marketing strategies and plans for products, events or services that need more attention. Marketing is the study of actions that an individual/organization takes in order to promote its products/services, and in today’s world there is too much information, which makes it harder and harder to stand out among other businesses. Marketing requires both creative and critical thinking, with creative being more important as being different in a saturated market gives you a better chance of getting more attention.
It also is a service because it is performed by a team that works together to run advertisements and promotions for an organization or individual. The marketing club will work on real-life projects and create strategies for promotion and sales of events or products/services. Each project will give an opportunity for participants to work on their leadership skills. The main mission of the club is to form a creative thinking team that helps organizations gain more attention.
The club’s purpose is to educate and then fill the need of exposure and presence that many people struggle to get. Marketing is not only for businesses. A person will have to sell themselves multiple times throughout their life, so any participant will benefit by hearing useful practices that they will use for a lifetime. It is all about providing the right offer in the right way and convincing the other side. There is the creative element: with all the theoretical and practical activities students learn the basic strategies and ways to formulate their own tactics, and the service element - helping others getting a better reach. Both fulfill the club’s purpose.
Planned Activities throughout the year: What is Marketing? Getting to Know the Terms. The 5Ps of Marketing - Product, Price, Promotion, Place, People. Educational Videos. Influence by Robert Cialdini. Marketing Strategy vs. Marketing Plan. Writing Marketing Strategies and Plans for Fictional Business of Self-Choice. Discussion of Successful Marketing Plans.
Model United Nations Club, 2020-2021
The Model United Nations Club is a club for people who are interested in politics, international relations and history, as well as public speaking. We carry out simulations in which our members take on the role of being a delegate from different countries and try to solve issues like “Measures to prevent the proliferation and to lower production capabilities of weapons of mass destruction through an active international political agenda” and “Measures to protect human, economic, social and cultural rights of people who identify as LGBTQ+”. We meet weekly to prepare for conferences outside of school.
We attend a couple of conferences throughout the school year. We normally go to the one in Deutsche Schule Sofia
, which is a very accessible conference for all because it is in Sofia but we had to cancel our participation there for safety reasons. Instead, we are planning on attending an online international conference. Our club attended onsite conferences last year and they were very successful; however, this year we would have to find a virtual option. Additionally, we are planning a virtual conference in the college to continue the tradition from last year, in addition to organizing an “intramural” conference of ACS students that would take place in person.
We feel that these opportunities will be essential for the development of the club this year. The members need a lot of practice. It will help them develop their speech writing and delivering skills, their research skills and diplomacy.
Modern History Club
The Modern History Club focuses mainly on the three major wars of the 20th century: WW1, WW2, and the Cold War. The club’s aim is to raise interest regarding the topics of WW1, WW2, and the Cold War, as they are events that have significantly impacted humanity and to discuss different topics, such as nationalism, warfare, ideology, etc.
The mission of the Modern History Club is to provide students with a better background knowledge of how different political and warfare moves impacted the world we currently live in. We also aim to do this in an interactive and engaging way so that all of our participants could strengthen their previous knowledge, and either support or change their beliefs. Our main focus would be WW1, WW2, and the Cold War, as all of them are not only recent events, but also have had a huge influence on our understanding of humans. Also, we will be looking at how the political situations of the countries involved in the wars changed, and what consequences resulted because of that, both positive and negative. Last but not least, we will look at all of the major events of the Cold War, and carefully evaluate them.
The planned activities include watching a variety of movies that depict the importance of the wars. Some of the movies we have thought of are “Charlie Wilson’s War”, “A Very Long Engagement”, and “The Pianist”. Also we have planned to do a debate that involves the whole class, as each member would be asked to pick a specific event of the Cold War. Then people would be asked to debate against each other, until there is one event left that the class feels is the most crucial towards the development of the Cold War. Last but not least, we have planned to go to different museums around Sofia that showcase different parts of the warfare in the 20th century and how Bulgaria and Eastern Europe were impacted by it.
Particle Physics Club
The mission of the Particle Physics club is to provide students with a better understanding of the fundamental principles and building blocks of the Universe. The club is designed to engage students in this Science field and to make them curious about the structure of the world as well as to discuss the biggest, most valuable, and influential science experiments. Our usual meetings include presentations about different topics, for example, accelerators and particles, followed by discussions among students. Our main idea is to outline the impact and value of the experiments, performed at CERN, Switzerland, the largest nuclear physics laboratory in the world, and other nuclear physics laboratories, and their results. We plan to talk about some historically impressive achievements in Physics, and also ongoing research and unanswered questions. We also plan to learn the details in the construction of an accelerator and even try to make a simple model of it.
The club meets every Monday, Djerassi (Science) Building, room 103.
Everyone is welcome!
The Photography Club is a place for people who are willing to improve their photography skills and who wish to learn how to operate a camera. We carry out photography walks during the weekend, when the members of the club get the opportunity to learn how to take different kinds of photos. They are encouraged to ask questions in order to better understand their equipment. As the year progresses, we are hoping to encourage all members to participate in the Photography Exhibition. As the first stages are a competition, we emphasize the need of completing all given photography tasks.
We meet weekly in order to discuss some of the most important photography rules, which we later use during our meetings on the weekends. We believe that these opportunities that we give to the members are going to further help them understand the most important concepts of photography and photography itself, as the acquired knowledge could help them in some aspects of life.
The Psychology Club was founded in the second semester of 2018/19 because of student interest. President of the club is Yuliya Kostadinova ’21 and sponsor is the School Psychologist Ms. Teodora Vuldzheva. The first year activities were focused on Emotional Intelligence and Communication, how to connect feelings with needs and how to address them in a nonviolent way. The participants were very persistent and managed to achieve great improvement in self-reflection and communication.
The mission of the Psychology Club for 2019/20 is to raise awareness about Mental Health among ACS (and out) community. The plan is the participants of the club to work on different topics related to Mental Health and share their knowledge with the ACS community. We plan to develop different visual materials like posters, presentations, one-pagers and a library with resources accessible to the student and faculty body. Knowledge can be shared during Advisory, in class or at specific events (TED talks, etc).
All interested students are welcome! We offer you a chance to serve an important cause and be creative!
Red Cross Bulgarian Youth Club
The Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement are the official organizations and we are just a small strand of their 97 million volunteers. It was created in 1863 by the Swedish businessman and humanitarian Henry Dunant during the war of Solferino and since then its main purpose is to help people in all ways possible. Every volunteer of the organization should abide 7 principles, which are: humanity, impartiality, neutrality, independence, voluntary service, unity, universality;
Red Cross, Bulgarian Youth is a voluntary club within the American College of Sofia’s territory. It is mainly focused on learning how to render first aid - physical and psychological. It also includes supporting different communities, raising awareness and organizing charity events. This year we have planned to do a lot of activities including giving presentations, discussing important themes, organizing events, collecting caps/clothes for donations, visiting orphanages and being of help to the ACS community as much as possible. Unfortunately, our activities are, and will continue to be, limited due to COVID-19 but we will still do them as long as we prioritize our health and this of our surroundings.
The objective of the ACS Science Club is to explore areas of science not covered by the curriculum, to give the club members various opportunities to do practical science. The Club will do its best to provoke its members to explore scientific phenomena and to raise public awareness about the way everything works in a fundamental level. Moreover, the Club will provide opportunities for its members to accumulate scientific experiences to further the boundaries of their knowledge. In the process of planning and executing the activities which include but are not limited to peer tutoring, presentations, science challenges, and lectures we have the context and opportunity to gain scientific and logical thought as well as to develop our scope of organizational and leadership skills. The Science Club is by no means limited in terms of members, grade level, or number of projects.
The purpose of the club is to prepare the students for the national Olympiads in chemistry and physics with adequate knowledge that will get them all the way up to the third round of the Olympiads and even exceed that level. We strive to awaken further interest and give every member a wider perspective on the sciences. Many of the members of the science club have brought various medals and awards from physics and astronomy competitions in recent years. This year we plan to maintain this tendency by preparing students for both practical and theoretical Olympiads.
Several major activities are in the Science Club’s focus for this year:
- Student Lectures
Every meeting will research and prepare a physics/chemistry lecture about a particular topic which will be examined in its fundamentals. They will present this lecture in front of the rest of the members. This type of service will enrich students’ scientific knowledge.
- Presentations and exhibitions visits
If there are any presentations, lectures, exhibitions, etc. in/out of campus which are in Club’s interests, they will be attended.
- Preparation for competitions:
The Science Club will try to continue to prepare its members and other students for various science competitions.
- Experimentation and solving practical problems:
The Science Club’s members will organize and perform experiments, as well as solve creative practical problems. In the club, students are prepared for the International Young Physicist’s Tournament, which includes 17 experimental problems. More information is provided in the links below.
- Latest Science
Science Club members will stay on top of the latest discoveries and news in science, as well as inform each other and the school society of the most interesting aspects.
SMACS - Short Movies Club
The club was created by ACS graduates who are now successful in the movie industry. The purpose of our club is to produce interesting films that allow the club members to help in the process. The making of a movie is a difficult process, which consists of different parts. Except for the obvious things like directing, acting and screenwriting, there are many different things that a movie needs. In this club we learn all other existing components of film-making and how to be able to do most of them good or specific things excellent. We learn how to make our own movie. Our biggest project for the year is going to be the NuBoyana24 Challenge, in which we are going to participate with a movie all of us made.
The Fountain Journal of Literature and Culture
The Fountain has been the journal for literature and culture of the American College of Sofia since 1994. It emerged as a voluntary initiative of actively writing students and teachers and gradually became one of the official releases of the school. The journal obtained an international ISSN number in 2011, which officially recognized The Fountain as a periodical.
The journal aims at giving talented students space to express themselves by publishing texts, photographs, and illustrations, and by organizing annual competitions (for prose and poetry, for translation and for cover design). Being part of the publishing team, students get introduced to the whole spectrum of activities related to the publishing process of a periodical — choosing texts for publishing, editing, working on the overall design, using prepress programs, conducting interviews, giving book reviews, advertising, organizing events, managing finances. One of the important goals of the journal is to create a taste for literature and personal criteria for the valuable cultural displays among the student body and in the same time to keep up with the current trends.
The club was created in 2018 and represents Timeheroes - the biggest charity and volunteering platform in Bulgaria. It aims to provide students with the opportunity to do good. The participants will learn to help out those who lack financial, physical or moral support.
Since its foundation, the club has accomplished a number of successful initiatives: several visits to the Home for Children Deprived of Parental Care Radost in the village of Dren, donations and activities aiming to involve those kids and young people in social communication, participation in a soup kitchen, audiobook recordings for deaf people, fundraising in many ways to support children with Onco-Hematological diseases, disabled, and shelters for stray dogs, etc. Furthermore, the club has taken part in the organization and dissemination process of a charity ball hosted by the Second German Language school.
The next goal of the club is to broaden the mission and create initiatives related to improving the local environment and further involving the ACS community in seasonal charity events with the purpose of helping people in need. These are just some of the numerous activities we are going to be involved in.
Video Production Club
We are the Video Production Club, which has the goal of making studying easier. We want to achieve it by producing educational videos, which aim to make the content more understandable, and easier to remember. Both teachers and students as members of the ACS community can request the creation of an educational video, suitable to their needs.
- collaboration skills
- serve the community’s authentic needs
- practice their English and Bulgarian languages
- Develop video editing skills
We create videos from start to end to make learning fun.
Volleyball Girls Teams Varsity & Junior Varsity 2019-20 Season
The ACS Girls Volleyball Club was established in 1994. The club has a very rich history, full of events, competitions, tournaments of different rank, in Sofia, Samokov, Ankara-Turkey, and Thessaloniki-Greece. Until 2010, the volleyball club had year-round training and participated in 5 competitions: Hector Cup at National Math H.School, Claris Cup of the eight elite language schools in Sofia, Student Games in Mladost Municipality and Sofia - in two age groups 8-10 and 11-12 grades, ACS Open - our College Tournament - organized among up to eight schools, Bilkent High School & University International Tournament in Ankara, and Anatolia College International Tournament in Thessaloniki.
After 2010 we have been playing sports by seasons in the college, and we prepare two teams for two competitions - the Student Games of Mladost Municipality and the ACS Open. Volleyball season starts on 23 September and ends on December 6. The practices are every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday after school from 3:45 to 5:30 in the Gym. The teams consist of 25 girls from 8th to 12th grade level.
World History Club
World history club is about creating videos, booklets and posters about world history subjects, which are usually not covered in class.
We created this club this school year (2019-2020) in order to cover the material which we usually do not study in class and be able to present the material to other students so that they can grasp the material easily and concisely. You can watch or create presentations, videos, booklets and join our discussions about the topics you choose. We will meet every Friday at 15:40, watch the material somebody has created for our club and then discuss the topic. Then we will share the material for all of those interested in watching a concise, interesting and informative history content. The CAS will be determined by how much effort was put into the material.
College Counseling Club (Uni-Prep Academy)
Uni-Prep Academy is a club that aims to help Juniors and Seniors with their preparation for applying to universities. To avoid overlap with the College Counseling Office, the topics covered are discussed with our College Counselors. During the first semester, we were covering some of the basics that every applicant should know. Depending on the country they wanted to apply to, they were introduced to the different requirements, important dates, attended university visits, etc. Out of the university frame we spent time on how to communicate properly with teachers who are going to write recommendation letters which are an important part of the prospective student profile. Based on the knowledge gained during the first semester and their own interests (where to study, what to study, financial aid needs and many other factors), the members choose a topic for research. After that, they present their research to the rest of the club and they show everything they have acquired as knowledge about the new educational system they want to enter.
The Yearbook club has been active since 1997. In truth it was created in 1926 when the first yearbook was published. During the years after the reopening of the college it has been an elective, a club, both, or a CAS activity. Usually there are several very active students but most of the rest prefer to be engaged only with a shorter job - taking photos or creating pages only of one section or two at the most.
Our club creates a final product which must be printed and delivered to the college by Graduation so seniors can buy it. There are different activities and therefore different strands. The photographers take photos of the sections, clubs, sports teams, games and special events. The Photoshop layout specialist must have a vision of how to create a page as well as necessary skills and patience. Finally, there are the editors who become active during the second semester. They check the pages for mistakes.
YouTube Filmmaking Club
The main goal of the YouTube Flimmaking Club is to build students’ skills in video making and editing in order to help them build a successful YouTube channel. Throughout the year students will go about the process of creating their own channel, from the beginning stages of making the artwork for their channel to the final stages of filming and recording their videos to be published on the platform. Ultimately, it is up to each student to decide how far they want to take their YouTube channel and what type of content they want to produce in it. However, at the end of the day each student will be able to enjoy his/herself while producing videos to share with the world!