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ALA’s Solar Project: Powering a Sustainable Future

In a bid to tackle the enduring issue of load shedding, ALA has embarked on an innovative journey towards renewable energy solutions. Over the...

What should schools aspire towards?

This is the first article in a series of five that reflects on the journey ALA's Two-Year Diploma Program over the last strategic planning...

The Student Enterprise Program: Leadership in Practice

The Entrepreneurial Leadership program at ALA is designed to build the interpersonal and leadership skills that are essential for future agents of positive change....

Alumnus Barakaeli Lawuo’s Extraordinary Journey to Virginia Tech

Barakaeli Lawuo' 20 (Tanzania) joined ALA in 2020 from Kibaha Secondary School in Tanzania. Even before joining ALA, Barakaeli had already established himself as...

New Dean Derek Smith Reflects on First Term at ALA

In September 2023, ALA welcomed its sixth Dean of the Academy, Mr. Derek Smith. Derek is a seasoned educator, having worked at schools across...

ALA Students Perform at COP 28 in Dubai

In December 2023, six ALA students and Ms. Louise Saunders (Head of Department, Creative Arts) traveled to Dubai to perform at the Zayed Sustainability...

ALA’s 2023 Annual Report

ALA's 2023 Annual Report is here, and we are thrilled to share it with you. The stories in our report highlight the potential of...

Exploring ALA’s Unique Core Curriculum

Three classes – Entrepreneurial Leadership, African Studies, and Writing & Rhetoric – form the cornerstone of ALA's curriculum. This rigorous foundation equips young leaders...

Two ALA Alumni Named Schwarzman Scholars

Two ALA alumni, Hossam Hamdy Abdelfatah '13 (Egypt) and Souleymane Diallo '18 (Guinea), have been named Schwarzman Scholars. They join the ninth cohort of...

Annual Reports


Fostering Tomorrow's Leaders: ALA's Student Leaders in Action

Leadership at ALA goes beyond academics. ALA students learn that leadership is a continuous process of learning, adapting, and inspiring positive change. Meet Bohlokoa, Michael, and Abderraouf - three ALA students who provide leadership in the dormitories as resident advisors, support their fellow students through the challenges of the ALA academic program, and serve the broader student body through their roles in student government.

Discover Seminal Readings at ALA

Three times a year, the Academy community participates in a school-wide reading, writing, and discussion exercise known as Seminal Readings. Over the course of one week, all regular classes pause, and groups focus entirely on reading and discussing seminal texts. This exercise provides an opportunity for the Academy to engage with issues of enduring complexity and importance

Asking ALA Alumni: "Why did you come back?"

In ALA 2023, we explicitly talk about bringing our alumni “DNA” back to the core of ALA. In 2018, we had 4 alumni on staff and aspired to have 10 alumni working at ALA by 2023. During the 2022-2023 academic year, we had 13 alumni on staff (~8% of our staffulty!). Whether it is Natalia Sikombe ’12, Nandi Mgwaba ’12, or Deepshikha Parmessur ‘13 teaching Entrepreneurial Leadership, or Thandie Ramme ’14 keeping alumni connected to the magic of ALA through the ALA Quad social media pages, alumni are increasingly returning and making ALA an important step in their professional careers.

ALA Celebrates the Class of 2021

On June 15th, 2023, ALA celebrated the graduation of the Class of 2021. We bid farewell to these extraordinary young leaders who have left an indelible mark on ALA, guided by the African proverb: “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” Each graduate’s success at ALA symbolized personal growth and an unwavering commitment to collaborative action, community engagement, and the pursuit of positive change in Africa and beyond.