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|Anatolia / The American College of Thessaloniki (ACT)
P.O. Box 21021
555 10 Pylea
|School type||Mixed, private, selective, non profit|
|Founded||1886 (127 years ago)
in Merzifon, Ottoman Empire
|School board||Board of Trustees
Based in Boston, MA
|President||Dr Panos Vlachos|
|Medium of language||Greek and English|
|Campus||A side (former girl's side)
B side (former boy's side)
|Campus size||45 acres (18 ha)|
|Color(s)||Navy and yellow|
others published by students
|Endowment||$32.8 million (2008)|
|Tuition||~ $12,000 (secondary)
~ $15,000 (IB)
|Macedonia Hall, the main classroom building on the boy's side, completed in 1934.|
Anatolia College (Greek: Κολλέγιο Ανατόλια, IPA: [koˈleʝio anaˈtolia]), or sometimes the American College (Greek: Αμερικάνικο Κολλέγιο, IPA: [ameriˈkaniko koˈleʝio]), is a private, non-profit, educational institution located in Pylaia, a suburb of Thessaloniki, Greece. The school has three subdivisions: Anatolia Elementary, Anatolia High School (known simply as Anatolia College, which also includes the Anatolia IB) and the American College of Thessaloniki, a private university.
In 1810, the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions was founded in Boston and established the Bebek Seminary outside Constantinople in 1840. In 1862 it was transferred to Merzifon and in 1886 the Anatolia College of Mersovan was founded as a theological seminary with Charles Tracy as President. The students were principally Greek and Armenian, most coming from outside of Merzifon and boarding at the school while the faculty was Greek, Armenian, and American. Enrollment soon reached 115 students. In 1893, the girl's school was also founded.
In 1920, enrollment stood at 218 students, with an equal number in the girls' school and the campus consisted of more than 40 New England style buildings. Anatolia included a kindergarten, a school for the deaf, high schools for boys and girls, a college-level program, a theological seminary, one of the largest hospitals in Asia Minor, and an orphanage for 2000 orphans.
With help from Eleftherios Venizelos, Anatolia reopened in Thessaloniki in 1924, renting buildings in Harilaou, with 13 students, mostly refugees. Enrollment soon reached 157, while the Mission School for Girls in Thessaloniki became part of Anatolia College Anatolia in 1927. In 1934 the school moved to the newly constructed campus above the city near the village of Pylaia, on the lower slopes of Mt. Hortiatis.
When Greece entered World War II upon the Italian invasion in 1940, the school closed and the campus was used as military hospital. When Germany invaded Greece the campus was taken over by the Germans as general headquarters for the Balkans. The surrender documentations of Greece were signed in the school's main building, Macedonia Hall. In 1944-45 the campus was occupied by the British Army (the last units would not leave until 1949).
At the end of the war Anatolia reopened, as repair of the damaged campus proceeded. The girls' school was moved into temporary quarters on the Anatolia campus after its building on Allatini Street burned. For a number of years the schools remained separate, but co-education was completed by the end of the 1980s. However, the two schools are still administrated by different Deans. The final division of Anatolia College, the I.B. school, was established in 1998.
In the meanwhile, a secretariat school was established in 1964. In 1981, the School of Business Administration and Liberal Arts (SBALA) was founded to provide post-secondary instruction in business and the liberal arts and in 1993 the first four-year baccalaureate in liberal arts was awarded. In 1997, the American College of Thessaloniki (ACT) was finally accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges.
American College of Thessaloniki
The American College at Thessaloniki (ACT) offers a four-year Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) program and a Master of Business Administration (MBA). The enrollment is 350 students from over ten countries, including about 100 American students from colleges and universities who are on semester/year abroad programs.
Secondary School (Anatolia College)
The secondary division of Anatolia is the original element of this educational institution. Anatolia is organized in accordance with Greek law and grants the Greek Apolytirio (the Greek high school diploma) by meeting the requirements established by the Greek Ministry of Education, while students enrolled in the I.B. program receive the I.B. Certificate. Entrance to the regular high school and IB program is based on examinations and previous school records.
With the exception of courses in English, Art and Computers, the Greek high school curriculum is taught in Greek, while all I.B. courses are taught in English except Greek Literature that is taught in Greek. Each gymnasium (grades 7-9) and lyceum (grades 10-12) has its own Dean and Deputy Dean, and the I.B. program has its own Director. The High School as a whole is overseen by the Vice President for Secondary Education. In the school year 2007-2008, 100% of the students who applied to universities in Greece and abroad were accepted.
Elementary School (Anatolia Elementary)
The Anatolia Elementary was Established in 2004 and formally opened in 2005, and includes a kindergarten and an elementary school. The enrollment is 450 students.
There are 230 faculty members at Anatolia College, divided among the three divisions as follows: Elementary School (32), High School (156), and ACT (42). The majority of the faculty members are Greek, with the following other nationalities represented: British, American, dual nationals and other European nationalities. The student to teacher ratio is 1:9 throughout the entire institution. The administration of the school, with the exception of the President, is Greek, with some members having dual citizenship.
Anatolia College is governed by a Board of Trustees with headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts. Approximately half of the Trustees reside in the New England region while most of the remainder represent other areas of the United States. Several Trustees are Greek residing in Greece. The Trustees maintain an office in Boston to conduct fund-raising and otherwise serve the College.
Anatolia has had 10 presidents, all from the United States of America. The current president of Dr. Hans Giesecke. The longest-lasting president of Anatolia was Charles Tracy, whose tenure lasted for 26 years, followed closely by Dr. William McGrew, who was president for 25 years. The shortest presidency was that of Joseph Kennedy, who was president for 3 years.
|No.||President||Tenure||Nationality||School locations named after|
|1||Charles Tracy||1886-1912||United States||Tracy Hall|
|2||Dr. George White||1913-1933||White House|
|3||Ernest Riggs||1933-1950||Riggs Hall|
|4||Dr. Carl Compton||1950-1958||Compton Hall|
|5||Dr. Howard Johnston||1958-1964|
|8||Dr. Willian McGrew||1974-1999|
|10||Dr. Hans Giesecke||2009-2012|
Anatolia College's high school, apart from the Greek Ministry of Education Program, hosts an International Baccauleureate Organisation Program, the IB, for the two final years of high school. Entrance is competitive, and upon entrance, students can select a subject from each of the six fields of study the IB offers: Two languages, one primary and one secondary, Mathematics, Science, Social Sciences, and Arts. In addition to the six subjects, (three of which are in the Standard Level, and three of which are in the Higher Level), it is compulsory for each student to compose an Extended Essay in the Subject of his/her choice, as well as take part in a Theory of Knowledge Course.
Anatolia College students are given a choice of over 70 clubs to join. Many students have earned national and international awards through participation in the school clubs, such as the Anatolia College Model United Nations, which is hosted annually, the Drama Club, which performs English musicals, and the Greek Drama Club, mostly performing comedies or ancient Greek plays. The college also has a presence at the Youth Parliament of Greece.
The Aegean Tournament is hosted every year at Anatolia College. Students from schools all over Greece attend and compete in sports. Field Day is also hosted once a year, and students of Anatolia College are given the opportunity to compete in sports, dance competitions and other such events. The school's sports teams have won awards on a national level.
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- Bir Amerikan Misyonerinin Merzifon Amerikan Koleji Hatiralari (Memories of an American Missionary at the Merzifon American College), George E. White, Translated by Cem Tarık Yüksel, Enderun Kitapevi, İstanbul-1995. (Turkish)
- Adventuring With Anatolia College, George E. White, Herald-Register Publishing Company, Grinnell, Iowa, March 1940
- "ABOUT ANATOLIA COLLEGE - Anatolia video". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "GOVERNANCE - Trustees". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Anatolia College Announces New President". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Retrieved 28 April 2013.
- "Student publications". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "President's Report 2009-2010". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "ΤΟ ΚΟΛΛΕΓΙΟ ΑΝΑΤΟΛΙΑ ΣΥΓΧΑΙΡΕΙ ΟΛΟΥΣ ΤΟΥΣ ΑΠΟΦΟΙΤΟΥΣ & ΑΠΟΦΟΙΤΕΣ 2008 ΤΟΥ ΣΧΟΛΕΙΟΥ ΠΟΥ ΕΠΕΤΥΧΑΝ ΣΤΙΣ ΕΙΣΑΓΩΓΙΚΕΣ ΕΞΕΤΑΣΕΙΣ ΣΤΗΝ ΤΡΙΤΟΒΑΘΜΙΑ ΕΚΠΑΙ∆ΕΥΣΗ". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "HIGH SCHOOL - University placement". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Archived from the original on 21 July 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "About Anatolia - History". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Campus Masterplan". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Retrieved 7 August 2011.
- "Anatolia College Extracurricular Program 2009-2010". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- "Athletics". www.anatolia.edu.gr. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
- Anatolia College website
- Anatolia alumni website
- ACMUN website
- The Anatolian publication list
- The Morning Cometh: 45 years with Anatolia College
- Anatolia College report from 1902, giving insight to the school while in Merzifon
- Ciao Net (Columbia International Affairs Online) Some Remarks on Alevi Responses to the Missionaries in Eastern Anatolia (19th-20th cc.) by Hans-Lukas Kieser, University of Basel, Switzerland
- Adventuring With Anatolia College by Dr. George E. White (HTML) posted by George Baloglou, State University of New York, College at Oswego
- Brief History of The American College of Thessaloniki
- Ottoman Official Attitudes Towards American Missionaries by Cagri Erhan, Department of International Relations, Ankara University, Ankara, Turkey (research.yale.edu - YCIAS Working Papers Database)
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