Using the flexibility of our blended-course model, juniors complete a parallel curriculum in addition to their academic courses. The parallel curriculum is comprised of a series of six ScholarShift modules. These mini-courses cover a diverse set of exciting and engaging interdisciplinary topics and 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 by guest lecturers, students step out of their comfort zone and learn more about themselves before they head off to college. Students 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.
Juniors have distribution requirements to consider as they choose their modules. They choose one module from each of four categories, and their final two modules can be from any category they like.
The categories are:
- Developing Creativity
- Exploring Self
- Learning How
- Asking Why
Modules are held in single-day intensive meetings or spread out in shorter meeting times; they are scheduled in several different time frames to accommodate all of our students.
While we help each student develop a plan for each term, we also anticipate offering some “pop-up” modules throughout the year as interesting opportunities arise, we develop relationships with guest teachers and volunteers, and students discover new interests.
Advisors are the primary mentor for juniors as they orchestrate their academic week, schedule their modules for the year, and begin to imagine ideas for senior year.