From the AP for Academics
Ignatian education strives to go beyond academic excellence. It is a collaborative process between and among teachers and students which fosters personal and cooperative study, discovery, creativity, and reflection to promote life-long learners and action in service to others. Its ultimate goal is to develop men and women of competence, compassion, and conscience.
The foundation for Seattle Preparatory academic program lies in three key features:
· An Emphasis on the Learning Process Seattle Prep emphasizes not only the content of the subject but more importantly the process by which one “comes to know.” Process and the acquisition of skills rather than the accumulation of facts is the central focus. Teachers actively involve students in the art of learning “how to learn.”
· Coordination and Integration The key to the learning process at Seattle Preparatory is the coordination and integration of the curriculum. The defined curriculum required of all students assures that logical and sequential building blocks are built across the entire curriculum rather than within one discipline. Integration helps students see the relationship between one subject and another. More importantly, it helps students to understand that sills are transferable across an array of disciplines. This integration is particularly apparent in the Collegio, a course in which the disciplines of Social Studies, English and Religious themes are integrated.
· Learning by doing Seattle Preparatory believes that effective learning takes place when students are actively involved in the learning process. Our strong focus on skill building and problem solving mandates that students have continual opportunities to test their skills. Therefore, Prep students are continually engaged in critical reading, writing, computation, artistic endeavors, labs, experiments and other hands-on activities. Additionally, our emphasis on collaborative, problem-based, learning encourages, simulations, debates, case-study discussions, seminars and service learning activities.
I welcome your questions or feedback and look forward to working with each of you as we partner in developing young men and women for others.
Kathy Tullis, Assistant Principal for Academics