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What is ScholarShift®?

Beginning with the SSM Class of 2018, our educational approach for the 11th and 12th grades grew to include, in addition to the excellent college preparatory academic program we have long offered, a series of educational experiences comprised of blended classes and a parallel curriculum of learning modules. This series of experiences is part of ScholarShift.

11th and 12th grade academic classes are offered in a blended class model. This model opens up the weekly schedule so that students can engage in the opportunities ScholarShift provides alongside their traditional, classroom-based academic program. It also requires students to hone their time management skills and prepares them for the college model in which seeking extra help from professors requires planning and initiative and each day is not predetermined hour by hour. 

Juniors choose from a rotating catalog of modules, many of which have been proposed by the students themselves. The modules focus on the studios and tools available in weCreate, including textile arts,digital video, 3D modeling and printing, digital audio, and graphic design. Students will have the opportunity to record and edit podcasts in our weCreate Center, design and create a 3D printed model, and make a custom embroidered sweatshirt. After completing this foundational year, seniors are invited to take advantage of the weCreate’s resources while taking initiative on a meaningful endeavor.  Students might choose to engage in internships, develop significant research projects, or design other year-long experiences that explore their passions and expand their skills and talents. 

To meet our academic graduation requirements, students must complete their academic coursework plus the junior year ScholarShift series of experiences. Completion of this requirement will be reflected on student transcripts along with the full array of rigorous college preparatory courses

ScholarShift Curriculum

Students visit a local flower farm
A student takes a photo of others using a homemade camera
A student shows off her homemade T-shirt quilt
A student goes sailing in the winter
A student inspects the engine of a small plane before flying
A student helps elementary school children with their English