The parallel curriculum is designed to inspire the juniors to develop their own learning experience for their final year at SSM. Seniors complete a Senior Initiative - a year-long, self-designed educational experience - in addition to their academic courses. The modules juniors choose through the parallel curriculum should inspire a spark so that, senior year, they will 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 which allow them to explore their passions and learn as they do, not as they sit!

Advisors act as primary mentors for students as they develop and engage in these opportunities. During spring term of each year, juniors work on plans for senior year in their advisories.