Intro to Design Thinking (term-Long Course)
This course introduces students to the principles of Design Thinking developed at Stanford University’s d.school. Students will master the six steps of the Design Thinking process: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test, and Reflect by completing challenges of increasing scope. Successful students in this class will demonstrate the ability to solve problems collaboratively, reflect on the process of designing products and experiences critically, and present their prototypes to “clients” effectively.
Student Mentors (term-Long Course)
Open to SSM students that wish to experience a variety of educational settings and work with youth in order to improve language and communication skills, study educational policies and practices, and gain an understanding of student life in U.S. public schools. Training is provided on mentoring younger students, interacting with teachers, NCLB policies, and the various educational programs with which the students will work. Most class days are spent visiting other schools. Extensions possible for senior leadership projects and off-campus service learning hours.
Details: Blended course, Winter Term, 9th period
Requirements: 10th – 12th grade
Career Seminar & Internship Placement
This course is designed to prepare and assist students in career exploration as well as internship placement. Students will take part in all areas of career exploration including: skills evaluation, personal/career inventory, abilities and personality testing, resumes, cover letter, interviews, job shadowing/internship, and the completion of a portfolio.