High School

The SSP curriculum focuses on 11 factors recognized as critical to academic success, leadership and personal development. We believe that these factors are necessary for success and should be fostered throughout high school, college and one’s lifetime.

We use the core Critical Success Factors (CSFs) as a means to assess students throughout the Scholar selection process. Our high school programs are designed to further develop the core CSFs in each Scholar to prepare them for success at highly selective colleges.

The Core CSFs are:

Academics

Students demonstrate strong knowledge of classroom material and have an ability to make connections between the classroom and other disciplines and the “real” world.

Communication Skills

Students exhibit strong verbal, listening and written communication skills. The students can initiate conversation, write for different purposes and be active listeners.

Organizational and Study Skills

Students are prepared for class, Schuler programs, Reading Program sessions, non-academic activities and personal responsibilities.


 

Developing CSFs are those that are present in varying degree. We aim to nurture the development of these factors throughout all stages of our program.

The Developing CSFs are:

Drive for Goals

Scholars possess and/or develop the ability to create and strive for a personal vision. They are able to make connections between what they do now and what their future state will be, and their actions are driven by this connection.

Support Networks

Scholars can identify resources (i.e. people, tutoring center, career services office) that will support them as they work to achieve their goals.

Self-Confidence

Scholars advocate for themselves with peers, teachers, parents, and Schuler staff.  They independently seek out available resources.  Scholars meet new people and enter new contexts with confidence.

Adaptability

Scholars assess their surroundings in order to determine appropriate speech and actions. They adjust to new environments with a growth mindset.

Mindfulness

Scholars are aware and accountable for their actions.  They behave appropriately when faced with new or challenging situations and are able to resist peer pressure.

Multi-Cultural Competence

Scholars possess an appreciation for diversity and are sensitive to cultural and community differences.

Higher-Level Thinking

Scholars connect knowledge within multiple contexts in order to reach a deeper understanding of content.  They can synthesize existing knowledge to propose new ideas and challenge assumptions.

Passion for Learning/Intellectual Curiosity

Students are open to new ideas and opinions. They are inquisitive, active learners and engage others in conversations. 

North Chicago Scholars took a tour of murals in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and learned to enjoy the city in a new way.

North Chicago Scholars took a tour of murals in Chicago's Pilsen neighborhood and learned to enjoy the city in a new way.

Round Lake Scholars attended the annual Etiquette Dinner exposure.

Round Lake Scholars attended the annual Etiquette Dinner exposure.

On college visits, Scholars are encouraged to read campus publications to understand the dynamics and current events on campus.

On college visits, Scholars are encouraged to read campus publications to understand the dynamics and current events on campus.