Students will be working towards the award of the Shattuck-St. Mary’s High School Diploma
. Award of the diploma will be based on the award of course credits, based on performance in required classes during the years of High School.
Mathematics at SSM-FC is intended to both develop foundational knowledge of skills as well as a growth mindset
that includes perseverance, problem solving, clear mathematical communication and defense of ideas. Placement in mathematics courses is dependent on ability and previous work in mathematics, not on age or grade. For returning Shattuck-St. Mary’s students, the current math teacher makes a placement recommendation in early spring for the next academic year. For newcomers to SSM-FC, placement is determined by school administration, based on careful review of records and recommendations from previous school(s), standardized test results, and placement testing. Upper level math classes are taught using a blended curriculum which means that students will only attend classes on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays on an as-needed basis.
As in other parts of the school, we aim to develop students’ competence in English in all four areas of language skill:
In all grades at Shattuck-St. Mary’s School, English teachers emphasize the fact that writing is a process
. Therefore, students at each level continually are reminded of the steps they should take as they write. These include: prewriting or brainstorming, organizing one’s ideas, writing at least one rough draft, revising thoroughly, editing and proofreading, and finally “publishing.”
These basic steps apply to all types of formal composition, whether creative writing, exposition, or poetry. Our students learn to develop their own style, while gaining the solid fundamentals of English grammar. Key to development of skill in writing is the active role of the teacher, guiding students to evaluate the logic and persuasiveness of what they have written. Thus, they develop the life skill of communicating clear ideas through clear writing.
The world is a global community
. Learning to communicate in more than one language is an essential life skill. We offer Spanish, Mandarin, and Behasa Melayu (Malay). At a minimum, our students take three consecutive years of the same language in grades 9-12. For newcomers to Shattuck-St. Mary’s, placement is determined by the Division Principal, based on careful review of records and recommendations from previous school(s), standardized test results, and placement testing. Upper level language classes are taught using a blended curriculum
which means that students will only attend MWF classes on an as-needed basis.
Science instruction allows students to understand the world around them and develop their skill at making predictions, measuring components, calculating results, documenting lab work, following directions, using technology, and building a strong science vocabulary. Students will take Biology in grade 9, Chemistry in grade 10, and choose from Physics, AP (Advanced Placement) Chemistry, AP Biology or AP Environmental Science in the upper grades.
Social Sciences: History, Geography and Economics
Our course offerings are designed to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and character necessary to become active participants in our diverse, changing world
We engage and encourage students to develop their own questions about the past, create bridges between events of the past and our world today, and foster a lasting interest in the discipline.
All our students are engaged in the Arts. At a minimum, they take one Arts elective each year. We anticipate offering courses in Visual Art, Music, Drama and Video Production. But the majority of our students are eager to sing, act, dance, play an instrument, get their hands dirty in pottery, and learn to work a video camera.
Physical fitness is part of a balanced lifestyle. The Athletics Program at SSM-FC will entail participation in sports such as soccer, basketball, swimming, track and field athletics and badminton. Participation in Athletics is a Graduation requirement.
is a form of content delivery that blends the best of in class instruction with the best of online learning
. Blended classes allow for students to move through the curriculum at their own pace by demonstrating mastery of content while also having the class teacher and peers available as a resource when support is needed.
In our blended classes
students attend class in the normal, formal way every Tuesday and Thursday. On Monday, Wednesday and Fridays, classes are scheduled but attendance only occurs when the student or the teacher requires it. Less demanding content such as lectures are offered online so that students can learn when and where they wish. Blended instruction frees up class time so that students are able to spend more of their school day in rich learning activities
such as project based learning, peer collaboration, one-on-one or small group coaching
by their teacher, or an internship with a mentor.
Students are assessed according to rigorous standards, both formally and informally. In addition to tests and quizzes in class, students also develop an ePortfolio which included artifacts of their learning and reflections on their experiences both from their core courses and their ScholarShift Modules and Senior Initiative.
The School Day
Grade 9: The school day is divided into periods
. In grade 9 students attend each of their core classes (math, science, English, history and Modern Language) daily. They also attend advisory, PE, art and music courses, as selected. In preparation for the ScholarShift program, tudents will use the online platform of Moodle to receive online content, and students will enroll in a one term Health and Wellness class that introduces blended instruction. In addition, teachers include interdisciplinary projects, oral presentation skills, collaborative work, and research projects as part of our students’ academic work.
Grade 10: The structure of the academic program for this grade level remains the same as in prior years. Students will take English and higher-level English as a Second Language courses in the blended model as an introduction to this structure. Because many of our advanced World Language and Math courses are primarily populated with juniors and seniors, some Grade 10 students might have more than one blended class if they enroll in those courses. Teachers and advisors will coach students regarding time management and making the most of their learning opportunities.
In preparation for ScholarShift
, we have added a weCreate
element to the Grade 10 student experience. We believe that exposure to and exploration of the opportunities available in the WeCreate Center will enhance our students’ work in their current academic classes, their level of engagement and preparation for ScholarShift, and the skill set they bring with them to college and their professional careers. To that end, our WeCreate weCreate faculty has developed a self-paced curriculum for students to complete over the course of the year. Students will follow tutorials and complete mini-projects in Sketch-Up, Photoshop, iMovie, GarageBand, and other weCreate elements. Teachers will be available to advise students as they progress through this curriculum, and advisors will help monitor student completion
Grade 11: In grade 11 all core courses
are taught using the blended model
. Using the flexibility of our blended course model, juniors will 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 will introduce students to new skills and concepts that they do not normally have the chance to learn from their core classes. Facilitated by SSM-FC faculty and staff and by 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.
Grade 11 students will have distribution requirements to consider as they choose their modules. They will choose one module from each of four categories; their final two modules can be from any category they like. The categories are:
- Developing Creativity
- Exploring Self
- Learning How
- Asking Why
Modules will be held in single-day intensive meetings or spread out in multiple shorter meeting times; they will be scheduled in several different time frames to accommodate all of our students.
While we plan to help each student develop a plan for the year, 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 will be 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.
Grade 12: In addition to their core program, Grade 12 students will extend their learning through their Senior Initiative
. The Senior Initiative is a student driven project or experience that may include 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!
Grade 12 students will also prepare their Senior Speech
, and take on a leadership responsibility which may include acting as a student proctor or working in our communications and advancement department.
English as an Additional Language (EAL)
English is our language of instruction
and communication for all classes except Modern Language courses. Students should use English as their language of communication with teachers, students, and staff members. Both American and British English are equally acceptable
in speaking and writing. The use of English ensures that:
- Students practice and improve their English language skills.
- Vocabulary and grammar specific to the subject matter will be reinforced.
- All students regardless of nationality and first language can benefit fully from all lessons.
- Students should be aware at all times during the school day that communication in any language other than English may exclude others from their conversation. As an important matter of courtesy, therefore, English should be the social as well as academic language of interaction.