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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.

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