Starting today, Shattuck-St. Mary’s School (SSM) will open enrollment for a new Online Division of the Faribault, Minn.-based School for the 2021-2022 academic year. The Division’s inaugural year will be available to boys and girls in the United States entering grades 8 and 9 this coming fall, with a goal to enroll a maximum of 60 students in year one. In the fall of 2022, the program will expand to grades 8-10, with May 2025 being the anticipated timeline for the first class to become SSM graduates.
“The pandemic’s impact on the education ecosystem has been immeasurable. But, within this disruption lies opportunities to evaluate and rethink how we can pivot and be even stronger as we move forward,” stated SSM Head of School, Matt Cavellier. “Shattuck-St. Mary’s School has been an educational pioneer since its founding in 1858, and we are thrilled to continue to lead the transformation and advancement of independent school education through the next phase of our online learning evolution.”
The new division will merge two of SSM’s hallmark assets, providing challenging and innovative learning opportunities with well-supported, individualized student development in an area of academic, artistic, or athletic passion.
“The biggest gaps we’re seeing in some of today’s online offerings is in the lack of both continuous advisory support and in providing a sense of School community. These are two areas in which SSM excels,” said Founding Online Division Director, Matt Wolfgram. “We built this division to be flexible enough to accommodate individuals’ schedules, to provide the guidance required for deep, meaningful learning, and to provide community support in pursuit of big goals.”
The online curriculum has been established using years of research and the expertise gained from SSM’s unique on-campus educational approach that already uses many online learning tools. The first main benefit to this approach includes the scheduling flexibility that factors high-level training needs for students passionate about a specific course of study or skill built right into the students’ school day, just like the students in SSM’s nine Centers of Excellence programs. It also leverages SSM’s signature academic model, ScholarShift®, that features learning experiences outside of the traditional classroom, and the School’s weCreate® philosophy and curriculum. These programs work in tandem with an increasingly blended class schedule as the students progress from the Middle School to the Upper School.
One difference between SSM and other online offerings is our low-residency feature. Twice a year, students will spend two weeks in the dorms on the historic SSM Faribault campus for full on-campus community immersion experiences. Students will be able to attend in-person meetings with their teachers, engage in on-campus activities with other members of the SSM Community, and participate in experiential learning opportunities.
Ice hockey, SSM’s first and most widely recognized Center of Excellence program, is expected to be the first cohort of students able to enroll in the online division. Online Division students who participate in the hockey development supplement will get access to 1:1 specialized training with SSM faculty and coaches relevant to their area of passion.
“We believe the Online Division will give young players the opportunity to integrate a world class academic program and a unique hockey developmental experience that works in unison with their own team’s schedule and expectations,” stated SSM Director of Hockey, Ben Umhoefer ’05. “Our hope is organizations whose players face challenges balancing high-level academics and competitive hockey can use this program as a tool to not only help stabilize and grow youth hockey in their market but maximize the on-ice development of their players. We are excited about the flexibility this program offers and hope it will promote collaboration and continued growth in youth hockey.”
To learn more about Shattuck-St. Mary’s School’s Online Division, please visit http://bit.ly/ssmonlinedivision. Here you will be able to express interest by filling out an inquiry form.
About Shattuck-St. Mary’s School
Shattuck-St. Mary’s School is a world-class college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 6-PG located in Faribault, Minnesota. SSM delivers a rigorous academic curriculum that blends the best of traditional education with innovative, creative learning opportunities for students around the world who want to pursue their passions in academics, the arts, or athletics. Discover more at s-sm.org.