he Upper School offers a strong college preparatory program that graduates students who are resourceful, independent thinkers. They are encouraged to participate in class discussions, make ethical and aesthetic judgments, think critically, and articulate their ideas by writing and speaking clearly.
Students complete courses in nine areas of study: English, history, mathematics, science, technology, modern and classical language, religion, the arts, and physical education. By offering 27 Advanced Placement (AP) and 11 Honors courses, as well as independent study opportunities, our students are encouraged to excel academically and experience challenging intellectual growth. Our proximity to Washington, DC, takes students out of the classroom and allows them to learn in such places as The Shakespeare Theatre, The Kennedy Center, the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Each student in the Upper School has a faculty advisor who acts as a contact and advocate for the student. He or she meets regularly with the student and is available to discuss courses, study skills, honor, goals, activities, pressures or whatever the student wishes to discuss. Additionally, the advisor reviews the report cards with the student each of the first three quarters in order to help facilitate understanding and map the future. In the spring the advisor reviews the process for course selection and each advisee's course selection sheet for the next school year.
To promote leadership, students participate in student government, Amnesty International, the Model United Nations, Model Organization of American States, Guild Service Club and a diversity awareness club - Unity Through Diversity. A required community service project includes people-to-people outreach, a responsibility that grows from the school's spiritual emphasis.
Not only do all SSSAS graduates matriculate to four-year colleges and universities, they also are granted admission to the top schools in the country and abroad. Our students consistently score well above the national and state averages on the SAT, ACT, and Advanced Placement exams, and they are annually honored by The National Merit and National Achievement Scholarship Programs. Each SSSAS student is assigned an individual college counselor
during his/her freshman year. The counselor's dedicated focus is to guide, inform and educate students and parents regarding all aspects of the college application process, with the goal of finding the right match between student and institution remaining paramount.
The Upper School years are the pinnacle of a student's intellectual and spiritual development. Our program challenges and prepares our students, resulting in both personal and academic growth.
We graduate students who are ready for college - and ready for life.