ScholarShift® by Grade

What does ScholarShift look like at each grade level?


Students in the class of 2018 will be the inaugural class of SSM ScholarShift graduates. For these students and for all students thereafter, the Upper School ScholarShift program will be structured as follows:

  • Sophomores will enroll in at least one blended class as an introduction to the model. In addition to their core academic courses, they will complete a year-long weCreate experience for credit. This experience encourages students to explore and learn new skills in several of the weCreate studios. In addition, it has self-paced elements that ask the students to manage their own learning. Advisors and the weCreate faculty support the sophomores as they complete this requirement.
  • Juniors will complete a parallel curriculum in addition to their academic courses. The parallel curriculum is comprised of a series of ScholarShift modules. These mini-courses cover a diverse set of exciting and engaging interdisciplinary topics and will introduce students to new skills and concepts that they do not normally have the chance to learn from their core classes. Facilitated by Shattuck-St. Mary’s faculty and staff and guest lecturers, students will step out of their comfort zone and learn more about themselves before they head off to college. We are excited for students to be able to choose their own path through this rich curriculum, reflect on who they are as people, as learners, and as leaders, and engage deeply with ideas and problems they see in the world today. The parallel curriculum is designed to inspire the juniors to develop their own learning experience for their final year at SSM. 
  • Seniors will complete a year-long self-designed educational experience, called a Senior Initiative, in addition to their academic courses. The modules juniors choose through the parallel curriculum should inspire a spark so that, during senior year, they will want to extend their learning through internships in the local community, creative and innovative endeavors in our weCreate Center, significant service learning opportunities, critical inquiry and research into issues of personal and academic interest, deeper exploration of a module experience, and/or other opportunities that allow them to explore their passions and learn as they do, not as they sit!