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Students in Malaysia can now benefit from 150 years of American educational expertise when Shattuck-st. Mary’s School, one of the USA’S leading boarding schools, opens its doors in Johor Bahru in 2018. Not only is it the first institution to join Forest City’s education hub development, the expansive Malaysian facility is also the school’s first Southeast Asian campus.
Shattuck-st. Mary’s was established in 1858 in Minnesota, USA, and has grown to become one of the leading boarding schools in the country, with innovative teaching programmes that focus on preparing students with the skills they need to prosper in the 21st century. That excellence now continues at the Forest City campus, which will offer the same educational programmes for all school divisions, spanning prekindergarten to Grade 12.
The school is organised into four divisions – Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle and High – reflecting the stages of child development. Teacher assistance is more involved in the early stages but transforms into a guiding role as children become more independent and learn to take charge of their own learning.
Besides the formal teacher-based instruction, students will also be allowed to learn through guided exploration and collaborative work by starting their own projects, going on educational trips, joining leadership development programmes and contributing to community service projects.
Of particular note is the Scholarshift learning approach for older students, which is unique to Shattuck-st. Mary’s Schools. The programme is designed to help students transition into independent learners by applying what they have learnt in real world contexts, including internships and self-designed projects. Blended learning models, which mix regular classes with online learning sessions supervised by their teachers, are offered to students from grade 10 onwards. Instead of class time, students can complete short project-based learning experiences called modules, which give them the opportunity to express their creativity and design skills while still learning in accordance with the school’s rigorous learning standards
Aiding the students in their Scholarshift learning is the wecreate® space and philosophy, which encourages students to focus on creativity, collaboration and innovation. The arts take centre stage here with studios featuring everything from video editing and fashion design to music recording, digital photography and much more.
Deciding on further study options is a very important step for students. Shattuck-st. Mary’s is committed to helping students choose the right path by providing individual and group counselling sessions with experienced college counsellors in the students’ final two years. The counsellors will also discuss and oversee college application processes even for international universities, scheduling college visits and admission interviews, as well as initial career thoughts. Shattuck-st. Mary’s in Minnesota has a history of successfully enrolling students in top universities, including just this year, Yale University and Cornell University in the US and University of Toronto in Canada.
The Head of School, Mr Graham Gamble, brings with him over 18 years of international school administrative leadership in America, England, Greece and the Netherlands. Calling this appointment “the opportunity of a lifetime”, Mr Gamble is delighted to be leading the way for Shattuck-st. Mary’s school’s entrance into Malaysia.
The first step to a new age of educational excellence begins at Shattuck-st Mary’s, Forest City. Check their website at www.ssm-fc.org.