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OUR M ISS ION : SHAP INGTHE M INDS ANDTHE HEARTS OF THEPEOPLE WHO W ILL CHANGETHE WORLD .

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ACH IEVEMENT Academ icexce l lencei s a tthecen te ro f wha t we do . Wo rk ingha rdtowa rd agoa li sdeep lyfu li l l ing fo rs tuden t so fa l lage s . Thepu r su i to fexce l lence cu l t iva te sbo ththehum i l i ty andgenu ineconidence s tuden t sneedtosucceedin co l legeandinthe i rl ive s . ACCOUNTAB IL ITY Th i si soneo fou r mo s t impo r tan tva lue sbecau se i ti sthefounda t iono fou r Accoun tab le C la s s room s . Inou rd i s t inc t ivec la s s room se t t ing s ,s tuden t slea rnto beaccoun tab letothe i r c la s sma te sandteache r sby com ingtoc la s sp repa red andre spond ingthough t fu l ly andcon s t ruc t ive lytothe idea so fo the r s ;theybecome accoun tab letothem se lve s bytak ingfu l ladvan tage o fthe manyoppo r tun i t ie s afo rdedthem ,bo thinand ou to fthec la s s room .

COMMUN ITY Pa ren t sands tuden t s de sc r ibead i sa rm ing ly wa rm and we lcom ingcu l tu rea t SPA .S tuden t sa rea tthe cen te ro fth i scu l tu re ,and evenou ryounge s ts tuden t s a reexpec tedtoac ta s accoun tab lec i t izen so fthe la rge rcommun i ty .Th i si s po s s ib lebecau se weg ive them mean ing fu l ,age app rop r ia tere spon s ib i l i t ie s tha tse ttheteno rfo rthe schoo l .S tuden t sreapthe benei t so fasuppo r t ive commun i tybu t mo re impo r tan t ly ,theylea rntha t theyhaveanob l iga t ionto makethecommun i tybe t te r . RES IL IENCE Re s i l iencei salea rned s t ra tegyfo rdea l ing w i th l i fe ’ sinev i tab lef ru s t ra t ion s andse tback sinthe mo s t p roduc t ive manne rpo s s ib le . S tuden t sneedtolea rnto seefa i lu rea sas teptowa rd s succe s s ,neve ra sanendpo in t .

INVENT IVENESS C rea t ive ,o r ig ina lthough t move sthe wo r ldfo rwa rd .I t requ i re sa m indcapab leo f syn the s iz ingtheknownin to thenew .Bu ti ta l sotake s cu r io s i tyandcou ragetosee the wo r ldinnew way sand ofe rnewidea s . Webe l ieve i ti sv i ta ltop rov idebo ththe in te l lec tua ltoo l sandthe emo t iona lsuppo r trequ i red toun lea shc rea t ive m ind s . PASS ION SPAi sap lace whe re s tuden t slea rnthepowe rand sa t i s fac t iono ffu l lyengag ing inthe i rlea rn ingandthe i r commun i ty .Pa s s iona te , emo t iona lengagemen t b r ing sp ro foundjoyand be t te rpe r fo rmance , whe the r inthec la s s room ,onthe s tage ,inf ron to fanea se l , o rontheie ldo fp lay .

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AM ISS ION -DR IVEN SCHOOL BYBRYNS .ROBERTS , HEAD OFSCHOOL

Wha tdoesi t meantobe am is s ion -d r ivenschoo l? A tSPA , we wo rkha rdtode l ive rthetang ib le e lemen tso fanexcep t iona leduca t iona l expe r ience ,bu t wha t makesSPAun iqueis in tang ib le .Pa ren tsandnews tuden tste l lus tha ttheyfee lapa r t icu la rk indo fene rgy when they wa lkth roughou rdoo rs :anopennes sand wa rm ththa trelec tsou rcu l tu re .Thepu rposeo f th isb rochu reistodesc r ibeou rcu l tu re ,andthe va luesand m is s iontha ta rea ti tsfounda t ion . Weinv i teyoutov is i tou rcampusestota lk w i thusabou thow we l lSPAi ts w i thyou rown educa t iona lv is ionandva lues .

Ou rm i s s ion—toshapethe m ind sandthehea r t s o fthepeop le who w i l lchangethe wo r ld— i sa p rom i setoou rs tuden t sandou rfam i l ie s .I ti s in ten t iona l lyamb i t iou ssoi tw i l lpu shu stobe though t fu labou teve ry th ing wedo .I tin sp i re su s tobeou rbe s tandrem ind su stha t wehavethe re spon s ib i l i tytore spec tandnu r tu retheun ique po ten t ia lineve rych i ld . The rea rel i te ra l lythou sand so fdec i s ion s madeeve rydaybyteache r s ,adm in i s t ra to r s ands tuden t s .Insum ,the sedec i s ion sse rveto deine whoand wha t wea re . Wea skeve ryone inou rcommun i tytou seou rm i s s ions ta temen t a sai l te r :i sth i sdec i s ionina l ignmen tw i th ou rm i s s ion?

The m i s s iona l sose t sh ighs tanda rd sfo rou r s tuden t sbu ttheyrece ivesuppo r tandgu idance a teve rys tep . Weshapethe i rm ind sbyteach ing themhowtoth inkc lea r lyandc rea t ive ly . We shapethe i rhea r t sbyteach ingthemhowtobe sen s i t ivetothepe r sona ls t rugg le so fo the r s . Weopendoo r sandshowthempa thway stoa w ide r wo r ldandsuppo r tthe i rpa s s ion s . Wethen suppo r teachs tuden tinchoo s ingthe i rd i rec t ion , app ly ingthe i rind iv idua lta len t s ,andemb rac ing the i rpo ten t ia l . Ou rm i s s iong ive su spu rpo se .I trep re sen t sou r g rea te s ta sp i ra t ion sandva lue s .Bu t mo s to f a l l ,i trelec t sou rdeepbe l ie fintheta len t sand capab i l i t ie so fou rs tuden t s .

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ACH IEVEMENT

EXCELLENCE COMESIN MANYSHAPES ANDS IZES Academ icexce l lencei sa tthehea r to ftheSPAexpe r ience . Asu rveyo frecen tSPAa lumn i/aeind ica tedtha t94%o f recen tSPAg radua te srepo r tfee l ingbe t te rp repa redfo r co l lege wo rkthanthe i rco l legec la s sma te s . Th i sk indo fp repa ra t ionrelec t sthepowe randappea lo fthe Accoun tab le C la s s room .The rei snobacko fthec la s s room a tSPA .Sma l lc la s ss ize sa l lowou rteache r stohe lps tuden t s indthe i rs t reng th sandpa s s ion ssotha teachonecanexce l inthe i rown way s .A sare su l t ,SPAs tuden t sa rerecogn ized fo rexce l lenceac ro s sana r rayo facadem icpu r su i t s— intheTw in C i t ie s ,M inne so ta ,andna t ionw ide .S tuden t s a recha l lengedby wha t webe l ievei sthebe s tacadem ic cu r r icu luminthes ta te . Ca r ingsuppo r ti sacon s tan t ,bu t s tuden t sw i l lcometoknowha rd wo rkandh ighs tanda rd s be fo retheyg radua te . A tSPA ,ones izedoe sno ti ta l land wedon ’ tteachto thete s t .Intheea r l ie s tg rade s ,ch i ld renspendtwoyea r s w i ththesametwo teache rteam ,a l low ingfo ralonge r deve lopmen ta la rcanddeepe runde r s tand ingo feachch i ld ’ s need s .Inthe Uppe rSchoo l , we ’vecho senno ttofo l low the AdvancedP lacemen tp rog ramsoou rc la s se scango we l lbeyondthe APcu r r icu lumindep thandcomp lex i ty . Mo rethanha l fo fSPAs tuden t s whoe lec ttotake APexam s ea rnasco reo f4o r5and mo rethan80%ea rnasco reo f 3o rabove .

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ACH IEVEMENT Ca r l tonCa lv in’79 founded Razo r—acompanytha t re inven tedtheconcep to f scoo te r s ,b ike sandska te s fo ranewgene ra t ion .“ I a lway ste l l myk id stha tI lea rned way mo rea tSPA thanId ida tco l lege ,andI u setha tlea rn ingeve ryday a tRazo r . ”

ALEGACY OF ACH IEVEMENT BEYONDTHE CLASSROOM Thepeop le wechoosetovene ra tesayalo tabou tus . Manyfo rme r s tuden tshavegoneontohaveadm i rab leca ree rs ,bu tthepeop le we choosetoce leb ra tese tanexamp lefo rusa l lbecausethe i r wo rkchanges the wo r ldfo rthebe t te r .The i rach ievemen tsdemons t ra tetotoday ’ s SPAs tuden tstha tthejou rneytoexce l lencecantakeape rsonin many d i rec t ions—bu ti ts ta r tsf romexac t ly whe retheya res i t t ingnow .

Du r ingh i sca ree ra tthe Depa r tmen t o fJu s t ice ,John Doa r’40 he lpedd ra f t theC iv i lR igh t s Ac to f1964 ,ove r saw landma rkvo t ingr igh t sca se s ,and pe r sona l lye sco r tedJame s Me red i th , thei r s tb lacks tuden tadm i t tedtothe Un ive r s i tyo fM i s s i s s ipp i .

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Wh i les t i l la tSPA ,N ico le A l i McNee r’04 becamethei r s tM inne so tanto w in thep re s t ig iou s Dav id sonIn s t i tu te Scho la r sh ipfo rhe r wo rkona p roce s stog rowb lood fo rm ing umb i l ica lco rds temce l l s .S ince g radua t ingf romHa rva rd , sheha sbecomepa r to f ateamdeve lop ing leukem iat rea tmen t s a tY a le .

In1909 ,theyoungF .Sco t tF i tzge ra ld pub l i shedh i si r s tp ieceo fic t ionin theSPAs tuden tnew spape r .H i slegacy i sin sp i ra t iontotoday ’ ss tuden t s who become w r i te r sinou r Accoun tab le C la s s room sandlea rntha texce l lencei s po s s ib lefo rthemtoo .

Ka renH s iao A she’72i s c rea to ro ftheH s iao mou se —av i ta la s se tinthere sea rch shelead sa ttheUn ive r s i tyo f M inne so tatohe lpdecodethe sec re t so fA lzhe ime r ’ sd i sea se andindapa thtop reven t ion .

An i l Menon’95 ha sde s igned andled med ica lfac i l i t ie sa t M t .Eve re s tBa seCampandin ea r thquake shakenHa i t i .He ’ s evense rvedin A fghan i s tan a sal igh tsu rgeon . Nowhe ’ s wo rk ing w i th NASAtoc rea te be t te r med ica lp rac t ice sfo r theex t reme so fspacel igh t .

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ENGAGEMENTLEADS TOBETTERLEARN ING The Accoun tab le C las s roomhasp roventobeanex t rao rd ina r i lyefec t iveapp roach tha tappea lstoteache rsands tuden tsbecausei t ’ ssuchanengag inglea rn ingexpe r ience . Theapp roachdependsonas tuden t teache rra t ioo f8 : 1tha ta l low sun iqueta len tstobe d iscove redandrea l ized .I t ’ sap lace whe rech i ld reno fa l lageslea rntheyhavearespons ib i l i ty toengageandcon t r ibu te—eve ryday ,eve ryc las s ,andeve ryac t iv i ty—becausetheschoo lis on lyasgoodasthes tuden tsandteache rs makei t ,toge the r .Thed iscou rseteachess tuden ts torespec ttheideaso fo the rs ,evenastheybeg intorecogn izethe i rownta len ts . Whe the ri t ’ sa rounda Ha rknes stab ledu r ingan Uppe rSchoo lsem ina ro rac i rc leo f k inde rga r tene rsontheloo r ,thecons tan ta teve ryageisanexpec ta t iono faccoun tab i l i ty w i th inanin t ima telea rn ingenv i ronmen t .

AS tuden t ’ sExpe r ienceIn The Accoun tab le C la s s room BY AFSARSANDOZ I’ 15

A rounda Ha rkne s stab le ,s tuden t sa reawa reo fthere spon s ib i l i ty theyhavetocon t r ibu teandl i s ten ,becau sethed i scu s s ion w i l lon ly bea sgooda s we makei t .The rei sarea lsen seo fcommun i tyinou r c la s se sbecau se wea refac ingeacho the ra roundatab le .A lmo s t uncon sc iou s ly , welea rnhowtohaveare spec t fu ld i scu s s ionand howtoen su retha ta l lvo ice sa rehea rd . Pe r sona l ly ,Ilovei t whensomeonep re sen t sanews idetoan a rgumen tbecau sei tp rov ide sa mo recomp le tep ic tu re .T eache r s p rov ided i rec t ionanda skp rob ingque s t ion sbu tthed i scu s s ion i samongs tuden t s . Wan t ingtoseea l ls ide so fana rgumen ti s some t ime sd i sm i s seda sindec i s ivene s s ,bu tl i s ten ingre spec t fu l lyto d ife ren top in ion slead stoabe t te r in fo rmeddec i s ion .Iamthank fu l fo r myfou ryea r sa round Ha rkne s stab le sw i thcompa s s iona teand though t fu lpee r sandteache r s .

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AT eache r ’ s Pe r spec t ive BY ANDREASACHS ,PH .D .

Oneo f myfavo r i tep lace stobei ss i t t inga rounda Ha rkne s stab le d i scu s s ing Ame r icanh i s to ry w i th mys tuden t s , wa tch ingthem w re s t le w i ththecomp lex ,o f tencon t rad ic to rye lemen t so fou r na t ion ’ spa s t .Thea r rangemen to fthetab le—w i theve ryoneinthe “ f ron trow ”— rem ind ss tuden t sda i lytha ttheya l lp layaro leinthe co l lec t ivelea rn ingexpe r ience . T each inga tthetab lerequ i re sgoodpe r iphe ra lv i s ionandal igh t handonthere in s .Io f tenbeg inthec la s sw i thas t ruc tu redac t iv i ty : af ree -w r i t ingac t iv i ty ,ap rovoca t iveque s t ion ,o rapuzz l ing p r ima rydocumen t . Onceth ing sa re mov inga long ,Icanbackup andle tthes tuden t stakecommando ftheconve r sa t ion .Isee myro lea she lp ings tuden t snav iga tethe“ swee tspo t ”be tween con sen su sandd i sco rd ,c la r i tyandcomp lex i ty ,andcom fo r tand cha l lenge . Conve r sa t ion scange tdu l l wheneve ryoneag ree sw i th oneano the r ,soI m igh tp robeab i ttosee whe retheunan im i ty b reak sdown .Evenbe t te ri s whenabo lds tuden ts tep sinto p laydev i l ’ sadvoca teandspa rk sap roduc t ivedeba te .Becau se h i s to r ica ld i scu s s ion su sua l lyinvo lves takeho lde r s who ses to r ie s a rebe ingd i s to r tedo rove r looked , myro lea sateache ri stoinv i te s tuden t stouncove randempa th ize w i thle s sv i s ib lepe r spec t ive s . Good Ha rkne s stab leconve r sa t ion sembodytheba lanceo fsa fe ty andcha l lengetha tSPAi scon s tan t lys t r iv ingtoa t ta in . We wan t to makea l ls tuden t sfee lfundamen ta l lyva luedandai rmed , readytoa r t icu la tethe i ridea sanda skthe i rque s t ion s .Theface to faceconve r sa t ion sa roundthetab lesuppo r ttha tgoa l ,gen t ly encou rag ings tuden t stotaker i sk sandg rowin te l lec tua l ly .I t ’ sve ry g ra t i fy ingtoknowtha tou rg radua te sleaveSPA w i thah ighleve l o fin te l lec tua ls t reng thandag i l i ty .Theyheadtoco l lege w i tha sen seo finqu i ryandahab i to femb rac ingcha l leng ingtop ic sand exp lo r ingb igidea s .

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COMMUN ITY

BYTHESTUDENTS , FORTHESTUDENTS I t ’ srema rkab le wha tcanhappen whens tuden t sa reen t ru s tedto shapethe i rcommun i ty . Gu idedbyadu l t s ,theya reempowe red w i thage -app rop r ia teoppo r tun i t ie stoa r t icu la teand mode lhow peop leshou ldl iveand wo rkinou rschoo l ’ scommun i ty .S tuden t s p laya ma jo rro leindein ingthesoc ia lcompac ttha tdeine sthe i r expe r iencea tSPA .There su l ti sap lace whe red ife rence s a rece leb ra tedanden t i t leda t t i tude sa ref rownedupon . Peop lea rejudgedba sedon wha ttheycon t r ibu te , no t wha ttheyhave . He rei t ’ sgoodtot ryyou rbe s t , andsma r ti scoo l . Thes tuden t shavehe lpedc rea teanex t rao rd ina ry commun i tytha tba lance stheque s tfo rexce l lence w i tha wa rm ,suppo r t iveenv i ronmen t whe re ch i ld renandyoungadu l t slou r i sh— emo t iona l lyandin te l lec tua l ly .

THESPA COMMUN ITYIS MADEBETTERTHROUGH D IVERS ITY .IN20 14 15 ,29% OF OURSTUDENTS WERESTUDENTS OF COLOR ANDSOC IOECONOM IC D IVERS ITYIS ENSUREDTHROUGH MORETHAN$3 M ILL IONINF INANC IAL A IDTO OURFAM IL IES .

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BYBENBOLL INGER DAN IELSON , SPA UPPERSCHOOLTEACHER AND G IRLSSOCCER COACH

Ob se rv ingThe Cu l tu re A t Wo rk InT eamSpo r t s Thecu l tu reo faccoun tab i l i tydoe sn ’ ts topinthe c la s s room sa tSPA .Thecu l tu re man i fe s t si t se l f when s tuden t -a th le te ssha rethe i rh ighleve lana ly s i so fa gameo rinthe mundaneta sko f manag ingequ ipmen t eachdaya tp rac t ice .Thes tuden t sca redeep lyabou t p re se rv ingahea l thy ,compe t i t ive ,joy fu lenv i ronmen t . Theyac t ive lyp re se rvethe i rpo s i t ivet rad i t ion sand theydono tho ldbackf romho ld ingthe i rpee r stoa h ighs tanda rd . Even myha l f t imeta lk sdu r ingsocce rgame srelec t thecu l tu rea tSPA .Ire se rvethei r s tfew m inu te s o fha l f t imefo rthes tuden t -a th le te stop rov idethe i r in s igh t sonthegame . Du r ingth i st ime ,theteam con s t ruc t ive lyd i scu s se s wha tha s wo rkedand wha t need stoimp rove— i t ’ sju s tl ikead i scu s s iona rounda Ha rkne s sT ab le . Iama lway simp re s sedbythet rad i t iono ftak ing owne r sh ipandaccoun tab i l i tyfo rteamva lue s— f rom tak ingre spon s ib i l i tyfo rbe inganexce l len tteamma te totak ingthere spon s ib i l i tyfo requ ipmen t .Thesocce r p laye r sd i scu s sandho ldeacho the raccoun tab letoa se to fteam -e s tab l i shed -va lue stha ttheyseektol ivein p rac t ice ,inschoo l ,andingame s .

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RES IL IENCE

THE TRUTH ABOUT GR IT Recen tre sea rchin tothepe r fo rmanceo f co l leges tuden t sha siden t iiedaspec iic cha rac te r i s t ictha ti sv i ta lfo rsucce s s : “g r i t . � Webe l ieveg r i ti srea l lyabou t s t ronghab i t sandlea rneds t ra teg ie sfo r dea l ing w i thf ru s t ra t ion sandfa i lu re s . Becau sefa i lu rei sanimpo r tan tpa r to f lea rn ing , we mode lsucce s s fu ls t ra teg ie s fo rdea l ing w i thinev i tab lese tback sby g iv ings tuden t s manychance stotake r i sk sandpu shthem se lve sbeyondea sy an swe r s . Wepu shs tuden t stoengage w i thidea s mo redeep lyandthough t fu l ly thantheyeve rimag inedtheycou ld . Ou rgoa li stog ivethemthetoo l sthey needtoseesho r t te rmf ru s t ra t iona sa nece s sa rys teptowa rdsucce s s .

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THEPSYCHOLOGY OFRES IL IENCE BYJ ILLROMANS ,PH .D . ,M IDDLESCHOOLPR INC IPAL S tuden t s whodeve lopasen seo fse l f -e s teembu i l t onre s i l ienceandpe r seve rance— ra the rthanonh igh ach ievemen ta lone—a re mo rel ike lytofee lconiden t du r ingd iicu l tlea rn ingta sk s .Inth i s manne r ,re s i l ience a sacha rac te rt ra i ti sanimpo r tan tpa r to fs tuden t succe s s .S tuden t s wholea rnea r lyontode r ive conidencef rom w i th ina re muchbe t te rp repa redto app roachd iicu l ts i tua t ion s .Incon t ra s t ,s tuden t s who sese l f -e s teemi sde r ivedf romex te rna ljudgmen t s , sucha sg rade s ,a rele s spo i sedtotaker i sk sanda re o f tena f ra ido ffa i lu rea ttheexpen seo ft ruelea rn ing . RES IL IENCEIS A HAB IT OF M IND AS MUCH ASIT IS A CHARACTERTRA IT . ATSPA , A KEY GOALIS TO HELPSTUDENTS DEVELOPTHESETOOLS OR HAB ITS OF M IND . SPAs tuden t sdeve loptheab i l i tytope r seve re ,to nav iga teamb igu i ty ,andtoa skgoodque s t ion s .They lea rntha to f tenthe rei snooner igh tan swe r ,andtha t eachan swe rlead stoanewse to fque s t ion stha t deepenunde r s tand ing .Re s i l ienceinth i scon tex ti s theab i l i tytope r s i s t ,tohaved iicu l tconve r sa t ion s re spec t fu l ly ,tonego t ia teandco l labo ra te ,andtote s t ou td ife ren tpo s s ib leso lu t ion s . Intoday ’ scu l tu re ,s tuden t sa relook ingfo rimmed ia te feedbackandin fo rma t ion . Weteachthemtos tep back ,ga the rnewin fo rma t ion ,seektounde r s tand theva l id i tyandre levanceo ftha tin fo rma t ion ,and d igdeep .A tSPA ,s tuden t sbecomecom fo r tab le w i thtak ingthe i rt ime— theylea rntoa skque s t ion s , taker i sk s ,andunde r s tandtha tt ruelea rn ingi san ongo ingp roce s s .

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INVENT IVENESS Webe l ievetha teduca t ionshou ldbeaca ta ly s tfo rtheimag ina t ion . W i th supp le m indstha tcansyn thes ize ,inven tandbu i ld ,SPAg radua tesa re be t te rpo isedtocon t r ibu teideastha tw i l l movethe wo r ldfo rwa rd .

OR IG INAL TH INK ING Thecu r r icu luma tSPAin teg ra te s c rea t iv i tyandrea son inginnove l way s , engag ings tuden t sac ro s sd i sc ip l ine s . SPA ’ sh igh lyrega rded ma thp rog ram beg in sw i thS ingapo re ma thinthe Lowe rSchoo landinc lude safocu s on ma thema t ica lp roo fw i ths tuden t s inthe M idd leand Uppe rSchoo l s . Anexpe r ien t ia landinqu i ry -ba sed app roachi sacommondenom ina to r in ma thandsc iencea ta l lleve l s . SPAha sadop tedthep r inc ip le sand p rac t ice so fS tan fo rd Un ive r s i ty ’ s De s ignTh ink ingapp roachineach d iv i s ion . De s ignTh ink inginv i te s s tuden t stodeve lopadeepand mu l t i face tedunde r s tand ingo fa p rob lem ,dein ingi tinthe i rownte rm s be fo rete s t ingandrev i s ingp ro to type s a stheysea rchfo raso lu t ion . 16

A ttheLowe rSchoo l ,the“Make r space ” i sac la s s roomded ica tedtohand s -on c rea t ionandexpe r imen ta t ion .M idd le Schoo ls tuden t stakepa r tin week long “W in te rup t ”cha l lenge sl ikere imag in ing andre -de s ign ingtherec rea t iona la rea ontheRando lph Campu s .Inthe Uppe rSchoo l ,afu l l seme s te r De s ignTh ink ingcou r sea l low s s tuden t stoapp lythe p r inc ip le stoad ife ren t cha l lengeeve ryyea r .

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OR IG INAL EXPRESS ION

TECHNOLOGYENABLES CREAT IVE PURSU ITS . CH ILDRENIN GRADES3 AND4 HAVEIPADS ANDLAPTOPS AREPROV IDEDTO ALLSTUDENTS IN GRADES5 12 .

Asp i r i to fc rea t iv i tyi spa lpab leonbo thcampu se s anda l lc la s s room s .V i sua la r tand mu s icoccupy animpo r tan tp laceintheschoo l ’ scu r r icu lumf rom theea r l ie s tg rade s .Pe r fo rm inga r t sa rea l soav i ta l pa r to ftheSPAexpe r ience ,a sthespec tacu la r new Hu s s Cen te rfo rthePe r fo rm ing A r t sa t te s t s . The mu s icp rog rami sin teg ra ltos tud ie sf romthe ea r l ie s tg rade s .Ina l lfo rm so fc rea t iveexp re s s ion andpe r fo rmance ,s tuden t slea rnabou tthev i r tue s o fbo thindependen tandco l labo ra t ive wo rk . Ju s ta simpo r tan t ,tak ingc rea t iver i sk steache sthe impo r tanceo fcou ragea sap re requ i s i tefo ra r t i s t ic exp re s s ionandt ru lyc rea t iveth ink ingo fa l lk ind s .

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PASS ION

L IGHT ING THEF IRE Wev iewpas s ioninave ry spec iic waya tSPA .I t ’ sno t jus tasenseo fen thus iasm andene rgy ,a l thoughtha tis neve rinsho r tsupp ly .Fo rus , pas s ionlow sf rom mean ing fu l , deepengagemen t .Tha tk ind o fengagemen tcomesf rom teache rsandcoaches who rea l lyknowthe i rs tuden tsand takethet imetounde rs tand the i rna tu ra lp roc l iv i t iesand ta len ts .Pas s iona teengagemen t istheha l lma rko fpeop le who makead ife renceinthe wo r ld andanimpo r tan tpa r to f ou rcu l tu re .

Relec t ion s F romRecen t G radua te s

In20 14 ,SPAconduc tedas tudyo frecen t g radua testode te rm inehowtheyfe l tabou t the i reduca t ionandhow we l li tp repa red themfo rco l lege ,andbeyond . He rea rea fewo ftheve rba t imcommen ts werece ived :

“Iv a luethefac ttha tSPAd idn ’ tteachtoates t . Ith inkSPAdein i te lygave methetoo lsto answe r d iicu l t/unanswe rab le/ in te res t ing ques t ionsandtouseresou rcestoigu reou t ananswe r .”

“ SPAINST ILLED A SYSTEM IC CUR IOS ITY WH ICHSETS ME APART FROM MYPEERS . ” 18

“ SPAgave methe com fo r ttospeakup inc la s se s .I tt ra ined me we l lto maneuve r ind i scu s s ion s : l i s ten ing ,bu i ld ing ontheidea spu t fo r thbyo the r s ,and in jec t ingnewidea s tothed i scu s s ion . ”


PASS ION INSPORT BY DAWN W ICKSTRUM , ATHLET ICS D IRECTOR

Compe t i t ivea th le t ic senhance sthe s tuden texpe r iencebyenab l ing engagemen tw i thpee r sin way s tha tcanno tberep l ica tedinthe c la s s room .Thel i fele s son slea rned th roughspo r t sp layap ro foundro le inhows tuden t sw i l lcon t r ibu teto soc ie tyth roughou tthe i rl ive s .Tha t ’ s why we ’ rep roudtha tf romba ske tba l l tofenc ing ,socce rto A lp inesk i ing , the re ’ saspo tontheteamfo reve ry SPAs tuden t .Eachyea r weave rage 90team sin17spo r t s . Among Uppe r Schoo ls tuden t s ,nea r ly75%compe te ona tlea s toneSPAteam . Thepa s s iontha tsu r round sspo r t seep sin toou rcu l tu re .I tp rov ide sa venuein wh ichpeop lecometoge the r andi tcana l sose rvea saca ta ly s t fo rsucce s sinthec la s s room .The d i sc ip l ineands t ruc tu rerequ i redto p laycompe t i t ivespo r t sre in fo rce s s tuden t s ’ab i l i t ie stoefec t ive ly nav iga tethecha l lenge sthey w i l l faceth roughou tthe i rl ive s .

“MY AB IL ITYTO WR ITE CLEARLY ANDTH INK CR IT ICALLY HAS BEENEXTREMELY VALUABLETO ME IN COLLEGE AND IN MYL IFEBEYOND COLLEGE AS WELL .” “ Iw a s much mo rep repa redthan myco l legepee r s . I wa sa s ton i shedtolea rnsomeo f myco l legef r iend s haveneve rw r i t tenre sea rche s say s .Bu tIth inkthe mo s timpo r tan tth ingSPAtaugh t me wa showto fa l ldown ,andthenp ick my se l fupaga in . ” 19


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