Reimagining How Our Youngest Saints Become Ready [Schedule FAQs]

Posted by Andrew Weller, Dean of Enrollment and Strategic Marketing on Feb 15, 2019 12:47:10 PM

Show me how you use your time, and I will show you what you value.

Historically, efficient and maximum use of classrooms was what drove school schedules. It wasn’t about student learning; it was about making sure two classes weren’t in Room 23 at the same time. In the last 50 years, school schedules have instead focused on student learning. Accordingly, as our understanding and knowledge of student learning continues to evolve, so should school schedules...even if Room 23 has been in the same place the whole time.

A hallmark of St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes is our tremendous faculty. Their expertise and experience keep us focused on the student experience and how the program is best delivered. Over two years ago we began the process to review our schedule and be sure it still had students and how they learn best at its center. This has been a massive JK-12, school-wide initiative that affirmed much of what we were doing brilliantly as well as let us build and capitalize on that to reallocate our time to reflect our values and our approach to education.

So, how will that look next year for our youngest Saints in Lower School? Just a very few highlights of this exciting initiative include:

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Topics: Insider, dare greatly, Teachers as experts, become ready, Academics, Lower School

Middle School Mini-Courses Offer Something for Everyone

Did you know that for the past 25 years, our Middle School students embark on exciting three-day adventures during the week before spring break for the much beloved annual mini-courses? Students choose from a variety of fun, focused, and in-depth courses that combine hands-on field trips and classroom discussions. Courses give students the opportunity to delve deep and learn about their topic in a unique, unforgettable way.

Each year, the mini-courses evolve to fit current trends and students' interests. Our teachers offer something for everyone, reflecting their own skills and interests in art, technology, global cultures, music, science, the outdoors, sustainability, service learning, and more. See what's in store for 2019 MS mini-courses.

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Topics: Insider, St. Stephens and St. Agnes, Teachers as experts, become ready, Environmental Stewardship, Recreational Activities, service, Goodness as Well as Knowledge, Academics, Middle School

The Key Elements to the Success of our College Admission Process

Posted by Jon Kunz on Jan 29, 2019 1:13:23 PM

“Life is a journey, not a destination,” wrote Ralph Waldo Emerson and so, too, is the Upper School at St. Stephen’s and St. Agnes. Our faculty, program offerings and curricula provide our students with deep knowledge, incredible skills, confidence, breadth of exposure and balance. All of these will serve our students well and are not simply a stepping stone towards college. That said, we share the expectations of our students and their parents that a Saints education will prepare students for continued education at a wide range of top colleges, universities, and service academies that reflect the diversity of our students.

So, how do we approach and do it?  There are two key elements to the success of our seniors in their college admission process: the commitment and dedication of our experts and our college counseling program, which is actually introduced in the Middle School!

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Topics: Insider, School search, become ready, choosing a school, Upper School, Academics

Top Six Reasons the SSSAS Math Program So Successfully Prepares Students for College

Posted by Jon Kunz on Jan 15, 2019 1:38:32 PM

Each year, SSSAS sends graduates to college armed with the tools necessary to succeed in college and in life. The secret? A faculty dedicated to ensuring that each individual student develops an appreciation for the process of learning and mastering the 21st century skills necessary to lead in a complex and changing world.

The math program at SSSAS, in many ways, personifies this dedication. Through a wide range of courses with multiple levels and electives, the math department strives to foster deep understanding in all students. Our math teachers create learning experiences that challenge and inspire students, build confidence and skills, and emphasize the relevance of mathematics in the real world. So where does this success take root?

Here are the top six reasons our math program so successfully prepares students for success in college-level STEM courses and beyond:

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Topics: become ready, Upper School, Academics

Become Ready!

Practical Advice for Parents of School-Aged Children

Through this blog we intend to share the ways in which our students become ready. We will highlight our faculty, experts in their fields; we will dive into topics such as the joyfulness of learning, the balance of school and home, college readiness, and service. We hope to offer sound advice and guidance, while also sharing what it really means to be a member of our Saints community.

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