We are privileged to develop and mentor a truly special group of students that are academically focused, prioritize service to others, pursue and refine their passions, and have the skill set to maneuver effectively in a constantly changing world.
- Mr. Jacob Hendrickson
High School Principal
SSIS Graduates: Prepared for the Future
You can feel student excitement and anticipation of the future as you walk the halls, watch a club or athletic competition and visit classrooms at SSIS. While the academic standards and expectations are high for our students, as they prepare for the challenges at university and beyond, we have a compassionate and caring staff that supports them along the way. We believe in providing our students opportunities to experiment in a variety of content areas and extracurricular activities, which will help them determine their own passions for future exploration. The wide array of programs we offer students in the arts, sciences, mathematics and humanities culminate in Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate offerings that enhance their discoveries.
Students in the high school live and breathe our core values of Academic Excellence, Sense of Self, Dedicated Service, Balance in Life and Respect for All on a daily basis. As a result, our students leave SSIS ready to tackle the challenges of a twenty first century global society.
- Social Studies
- Physical Education
- Modern World Languages
- Fine and Performing Arts
Students are encouraged to make connections between the texts they study and their own lives and experiences. They respond to texts by writing in a variety of modes, including literary commentaries, analytical essays and creative pieces. Their ability to read attentively, speak persuasively and listen with discernment are also developed through a wide variety of activities and assessments.
The curriculum is designed to stimulate, challenge and also to reinforce key skills. There is also a focus on developing the ability to think critically and creatively. English 9 and English 10 introduce students to the skills of close reading and textual analysis. These skills are further developed in Grades 11 and 12, when all students take either IB or AP English courses.
Science and technology are a part of our everyday lives. As members of a world community, we are responsible for making decisions that often revolve around scientific issues. To meet the 21st century demands, it is necessary that all individuals be competent in an ever-changing scientific and technological world. SSIS, like other schools, has a responsibility to prepare students for this technological world and therefore to be scientifically literate.
To that end, SSIS supports and encourages critical thinkers who understand science as a process for investigating and understanding our world. The science curriculum is designed to expose students to the major scientific disciplines through a wide range of courses and topics. The major goal is to help students understand and adapt to a world that is changing, or still being discovered, and to understand that critical review of the data related to these changes is a necessary part of science. We believe that the application and acquisition of knowledge through laboratory or field experiences is the basic activity of science. Therefore, students will continuously be challenged to explore scientific ideas and utilize skills through a well-designed series of investigative activities in each course. Students will be expected to participate in the inquiry process, record and process both quantitative and qualitative data, draw conclusions, make inferences, communicate their experimental findings and reflect on their experiences. Through lectures, activities, discussions and labs our students will be challenged to develop individual thinking and the ability to discern the difference between good and bad science.
Mathematics allows a way to describe the world quantitatively and qualitatively. All students need to have a strong foundation in mathematics to allow more options in university. The faculty believes in helping students achieve their potential. Conceptual understanding is built from multiple perspectives through describing reasoning algebraically, numerically, and graphically.
We offer a rigorous college preparatory mathematics program that allows for a range of abilities and interest levels. Most students take four years of mathematics. The mathematics department offers Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Precalculus, Advanced Placement Calculus AB, International Baccalaureate (IB) Mathematical Studies Standard Level, IB Mathematics Standard Level, and IB Mathematics Higher Level.
To help students analyze these types of broad questions, SSIS offers a range of social studies disciplines including history, geography, psychology, and economics. Social Studies courses require students to read, write, and above all else, to think critically. Students are encouraged to weigh evidence, examine opposing perspectives, and to propose solutions. SSIS believes that the verbal, writing, and analytic skills promoted by studying social studies will encourage SSIS graduates to be informed and active global citizens who are willing to tackle the various challenges facing humans in the twenty-first century and beyond.
Physical Education 9 and 10 are required courses to graduate from SSIS. For students who are passionate about continuing their physical and health education SSIS provides a variety of options for the junior and senior classmen including; PE 11, PE 12, Personal Fitness, Lifesaving and Sports Medicine.
SSIS offers courses in Spanish and Mandarin, two of the world's most widely-spoken languages. Through a variety of thought-provoking and engaging activities, students explore a wide range of media and learn to express themselves by talking and writing about a variety of topics, from everyday conversation to global issues and literature. In addition to developing their communication skills, students learn about the cultures and values of diverse Spanish and Mandarin-speaking communities around the world.
By studying world languages, students develop a deeper understanding of their own languages and cultures, and develop the empathy to become articulate and caring global citizens.
The Fine and Performing Arts represent human expression and creativity over centuries of change. Fine and Performing Arts courses at SSIS focus on developing skills and knowledge through a practical, enquiry-based experience of Music, Theater and Visual Arts. Our Fine and Performing Arts program aims to be exciting and stimulating while encouraging students to be active learners. A range of diverse, authentic activities provides opportunities for discovering talents and developing transferable life skills regardless of experience, social status or cultural background. At SSIS, Fine and Performing Arts students learn to interpret and derive meaning from works of drama, music and visual art through hearing, reading, viewing, creating, exploring, sharing, presenting, performing and experiencing as members of an audience.