The Honors Program and Advanced Placement


Brainwork. Challenge. Achievement.

The Honors Program includes the Seminar and the Senior Capstone Project. The Seminar consists of discussions, readings, and trips to local museums or colleges to attend presentations. 

The Senior Capstone Project is a year-long research project that each student must complete in order to graduate from the Program. Each student is required to choose a topic and gain approval from the Honors Program Director. Once a topic is chosen the Director and Associate Director work to help each student complete his/her research and to write an in-depth research paper. The seniors must also present his/her findings in a formal presentation to the SSM faculty during Spring Term.

Along with the Seminar and Capstone Projects, the Honors Program sponsors an outside speaker. These speakers have included a motivational speaker, a Holocaust survivor, an oceanographer, a specialist in perception, and a rainforest researcher. The speakers have all been received well by the school community, and they help expose the entire student body to different areas of academic achievements.

Honors Program applicants are students in grades 10 and 11. The application includes a writing sample, recommendation letters from SSM faculty, and an interview.  

SSM offers Advanced Placement (AP) courses in each of the academic disciplines. For students seeking to further delve into specific subject areas, the AP approach offers rigorous options.