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Shattuck-St. Mary's Educational Services

SSM Educational Services (SSMES), founded in 2013, is a consortium of international schools and programs that offer a dynamic and academically rigorous learning environment modeled after the original flagship Shattuck-St. Mary’s (SSM) School in Faribault, Minnesota.


SSMES is led by Nick Cobbett ‘85 as President and Meg Brainard as Chief Academic Officer. With the support of the SSM Educational Services Board of Managers, Nick oversees new project development and coordination between operational schools and programs. Meg’s work focuses on supporting students and faculty through professional development, program refinement, curriculum assistance, and school accreditation. 

Current Projects
International Curriculum Centers
SSM is contracted by two secondary schools in China to provide guidance on the implementation of their AP programs as the ICCs integrate these into the Chinese national curriculum.

Dual Degree Program
SSM cooperates with Tianyi Jiangsu High School in Wuxi, China to allow students enrolled in the DDP to receive an SSM diploma and a diploma from the host school upon successful completion of all the graduation requirements of both degree programs. DDP students also spend three weeks in the summer on the SSM campus.

Replicating the unique programs of SSM, SSMES schools have Centers of Excellence in the arts, academics and athletics. Each school features a weCreate® Center to inspire student innovation and adheres to the integrated ScholarShift® model that encourages students to explore their interests.

SSM-Forest City

SSM Forest City
SSM-Forest City, an age 3–12th grade school, opened in August 2018 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, and is now fully accredited by NEASC (New England Association of Schools and Colleges). 

SSM-Forest City offers an American-style educational program starting with its youngest students and culminating in a variety of Upper School offerings in Advanced Placement (AP). School work allows for not only formal teacher-based instruction, but also guided independent exploration of knowledge (i.e., information gathering, analysis, and synthesis), and regular collaborative work. A rigorous academic program featuring a particular focus on STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) is complemented by robust offerings in arts and athletics.

The school campus in Forest City offers a diverse array of facilities to support academic, athletic and artistic pursuits, and graduates will join a worldwide network of more than 6,000 Shattuck-St. Mary’s alumni.

  • The Lower School employs an integrated, Montessori-inspired approach to Language Arts, Mathematics, Social Studies, Science, Health, Computer Science, World Languages, Arts, and Music. Students are introduced to a comprehensive writing program integrating reading and writing from the early grades.
  • The Middle School, welcoming grades 6-9, offers a rigorous curriculum in English, History, STEM, Health, World Languages, Computer Science, Physical Education, and the Arts. Participation in athletics is required and students can choose from several competitive and non-competitive options. The Middle School calendar features a rich array of extracurricular events, contests, and excursions.
  • The Upper School challenges students to develop both breadth and depth throughout their Upper School experience in both academics and co-curricular activities. An Advisory Program matches each student with a faculty advisor who serves as advocate and mentor throughout their Upper School experience.
  • Students are actively encouraged to develop global perspectives, habits of mind, and habits of heart that permit them to engage and address, as world citizens, the widest range of current and prospective global issues. A commitment to community service, public purpose, and sustainable living forms an integral part of these global perspectives. Students will benefit from a close association with the Shattuck-St. Mary’s School campus in Minnesota by participating in periodic exchanges and academic collaborations.

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