SSM has distinguished itself with various unique academic offerings.
The most original academic program where all students participate is ScholarShift, in which students in the upper grades are afforded flexible class schedules via a blended learning program. This greater flexibility allows students to not only prepare more fully for their soon-to-be college experience, but also offers the opportunity for students to pursue areas of scholarship, creativity, innovation, and community engagement that otherwise would not be feasible. Students engage in internships, independent guided learning, long-term service projects, and a myriad of endeavors in a designed academic space aptly named the weCreate® Center.
While the weCreate Center is certainly a critical component of the ScholarShift model, it is also a facility that embodies the School’s deep commitment to fostering innovation, creativity, and ideation. Students in the weCreate Center explore and learn in one of its studios under the mentorship of the weCreate staff.
More than a place, weCreate is the idea and belief that students can unlock their innate creativity when given the time, skills, resources, and encouragement to do so. It is about finding connections and seeing possibilities rather than limitations.
Students in grades 11 and 12 take all of their academic classes in the blended format. This means students attend regular classes on Tuesdays and Thursdays. On the other days, class material is available online through SSM’s learning management system, Schoology. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, students also have the option to meet in smaller groups or individually with their teachers during the regularly scheduled class time for either extra help sessions or enrichment activities.
In this model, as students progress, they are increasingly granted more flexibility in their regular class schedule in order to pursue their individual passions and interests.
Read about the rationale for why we developed the Blended Class Model: