Part 5: Analyzing a material culture

Editor-in-Chief Ananya Prakash Media Director Quinn Whitman

Analyzing a Material Culture is a five-part special report on socioeconomic class at ASL and its implications. The report examines classism’s presence at ASL and how it impacts students and the assumptions they have.


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Associate Dean of Admissions Ken Craig believes that students’ varying backgrounds provide unique differentiation in how tuition is paid. With the school’s high tuition costs, Craig has seen that many families have companies paying for the fees, or are families working in embassies and have their fees paid through that role. Although there are still families who pay tuition independently, Craig believes ASL “is out of reach for a lot of local families.”

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Part 4: Analyzing a Material Culture

Editor-in-Chief Ananya Prakash Media Director Quinn Whitman

Analyzing a Material Culture is a five-part special report on socio-economic class at ASL and its implications. The report examines classism’s presence at ASL and how it impacts students and the assumptions they have. Look out for the last part which will be coming out next week.


Due to perceived differences, Lancaster has noticed that students with greater economic privilege tend to distance themselves from others. “I think the people that [are wealthier] are being the judgmental ones and don’t take part in immersing themselves in the school culture,” she said. Continue reading “Part 4: Analyzing a Material Culture”

Part 3: Analyzing a Material Culture

Editor-in-Chief Ananya Prakash Media Director Quinn Whitman

Analyzing a Material Culture is a five-part special report on socio-economic class at ASL and its implications. The report examines classism’s presence at ASL and how it impacts students and the assumptions they have. Look out for the next four parts which will be coming out next week.


Landon* (’19), a student receiving the highest level of financial aid, believes that his situation allows him to be more cognizant of the privilege that comes with the education that he is receiving. “My scholarship is based on my grades, so I feel like I have to work really hard, but it makes me appreciate what I have a lot more because I don’t come from a super wealthy background,” he said. Continue reading “Part 3: Analyzing a Material Culture”

Part 2: Analyzing a Material Culture

Editor-in-Chief Ananya Prakash Media Director Quinn Whitman

Analyzing a Material Culture is a five-part special report on socio-economic class at ASL and its implications. The report examines classism’s presence at ASL and how it impacts students and the assumptions they have. Look out for the next three parts which will be coming out next week.


With residential prices rising in many parts of London, living in areas close to the school is not always feasible for many, especially when accounting for factors such as transportation and convenience. Catering Manager Christine Kent knows firsthand how a person’s financial situation can dictate where in London they live. “My personal financial circumstances has meant that I can live in a nicer area and I live a long way out of town,” Kent said. “Although I have a long commute, I am in a position where I [have more choice] where I live.” Continue reading “Part 2: Analyzing a Material Culture”

Introduction: Analyzing a material culture

Editor-in-Chief Ananya Prakash Media Director Quinn Whitman

Analyzing a Material Culture is a five-part special report on socio-economic class at ASL and its implications. The report examines classism’s presence at ASL and how it impacts students and the assumptions they have. Look out for the next four parts which will be coming out next week.

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