AG体育APP offers an exceptional 和 balanced educational experience, so it’s often hard to pinpoint just one or two things that we do best.
Here are a few of the unique 和 distinctive programs that we think set AG体育APP apart from other schools.
The ability to communicate effectively is not only an essential life skill, it is fundamental to success in college, 事业和生活. 在阴暗的一面, written 和 oral communication skills are intentionally woven into our curriculum beginning in the youngest grades, 和 students build exceptional writing 和 speaking skills over 14 years.
在 初中 和 国家一天学校, every child becomes a published author as they cycle through the 写作 Workshop curriculum, 学习收集想法, 草案, revise 和 edit stories just like real writers do. Our youngest students also gain confidence 和 develop public speaking skills in a safe, supportive environment by making announcements at assemblies 和 performing in grade-level stage productions.
在 中学, students learn to express their ideas 和 develop their voices through formal essays, creative writing assignments 和 presentations, 在珩磨语法, 词汇和研究技能. 教师 offer extra support in our 写作 Laboratory during study halls 和 conference periods.
在 高级学校, students are writing across the curriculum in nearly every discipline. From writing poetry in English to crafting a history reSearch paper to writing lab reports 和 presenting reSearch in science, 学生学习批判性思考, 理性地思考，仔细倾听, 和说话, write 和 read with clarity 和 precision.
结果? Our graduates distinguish themselves in the college Search as critical thinkers who can write analytically 和 articulate their point of view confidently. 事实上, our graduates tell us they feel far more prepared to write at the college level than their peers in college.
Shady Side offers a unique PK-12 math curriculum that develops a deep mastery of mathematical concepts 和 builds strong problem-solving skills. Our students don’t just memorize operations 和 formulas, they learn how 和 why math works in the real world.
It begins in our elementary schools with the innovative 聚焦数学:新加坡数学 curriculum, which develops deep mathematical underst和ing. Teachers use a concrete-to-pictorial-to-abstract learning progression anchored in h和s-on experiences so children learn how 和 why math works in real life. This curriculum continues through pre-algebra in the 中学, perfectly preparing students for algebra, geometry 和 the problem-based math courses at the 高级学校.
Based on coursework developed at Phillips Exeter Academy, the 高级学校 math curriculum replaces the traditional textbook- 和 teacher-centered approach with a student-centered, discussion-based teaching methodology that encourages students to develop creative problem-solving strategies rather than formulaic answers. This prepares students to succeed in upper-level courses in trigonometry 和 calculus. 学生 with exceptional math skills have the opportunity to pursue an accelerated track of coursework, including six advanced electives beyond calculus.
科学 和 technology have never been more exciting at Shady Side.
从最小年级开始, students become reSearch scientists 和 explore the world around them through a mix of classroom, 实验室和现场经验. Country Day 和 初中 science classes engage children’s natural curiosity about the world through h和s-on outdoor exploration 和 experimentation. 中学生把地球, life 和 environmental science courses 和 develop scientific communication 和 inquiry skills; eighth graders have the option to take high school physics. 高级学校 students work in collaborative teams to design their own experiments 和 present findings in physics, 生物和化学课程, 和 can take numerous advanced electives, design their own independent study project for credit, or take a seminar that prepares 和 places them in a university reSearch lab for the summer.
SSA students enjoy a technology-rich academic experience. Elementary students are introduced to age-appropriate tools 和 resources to create 和 share their work in interactive ways, while begin learning about robotics 和 coding, 以及数字公民身份. The 中学's 1:1 iPad program integrates technology across the curriculum in meaningful ways, 和 all students take computer science each year where they learn programming 和 design skills. 在高中, all students take two Computer 科学 courses: a foundational problem-solving course 和 an elective. Electives range from mobile app design 和 game design to robotics 和 artificial intelligence.
Middle 和 高级学校 students also have the opportunity to join competitive Robotics, Rocketry 和 科学 Olympiad teams – our 中学 科学 Olympiad team has won five state titles!
Because our high-caliber science 和 technology programs deserve facilities to match, we offer state of-the-art learning spaces at every division. Over the past few years we’ve renovated 和 exp和ed the science labs at the Junior 和 中学s 和 constructed two stunning new facilities at the 高级学校: the 麦克罗伊科学中心 & 创新该博物馆于2018年开放 格里姆彻科技 & 设计中心它于2019年开业.
Many schools talk about the "three As" of academics, 艺术和体育, but often athletics is an after-school option in which only some students take part. 在阴暗的一面, 所有三个, 包括体育, 是AG体育课程的必修课吗, because we believe that each brings an important dimension to the educational journey.
Participation in athletics builds important character traits 和 life skills such as teamwork, 自律, 毅力和体育精神. It’s not about winning – although we’re proud of the many championships our teams have won – it’s about learning to work as a team toward a common goal. It’s also about living a healthy lifestyle. We know that active kids are healthier kids – 和 that physical activity improves focus 和 academic performance.
国家一天学校 和 初中 students have regular PE classes 和 daily recess, spend plenty of time outside exploring nearby woods, 公园和道路, 和 after-school programs offer several athletic options. 学生 also keep the blood pumping to their brains through morning Walk & Talk sessions 和 regular "Brain Boost" dance breaks.
中学 students have both PE 和 health classes 和 participate in at least one athletic activity per year, while 高级学校 students participate in the athletics program 和 have a variety of PE options, including fitness 和 working on the school farm.
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Instilling the lifelong value of service has long been a hallmark of a AG体育APP education. We foster an Academy-wide culture of service by engaging students at all grade levels in meaningful, ongoing service learning projects that reach beyond our campus gates. 学生 learn the importance of giving back to the community by offering their time, talents 和 treasure in a variety of ways.
Our SSA MLK Day of 服务 is an annual tradition in which hundreds of PK-12 students, parents 和 faculty spend a day off serving others in the Pittsburgh community. 国家一天学校 和 初中 students participate in annual grade-level 和 school-wide service projects, while 中学 students devote an entire school day to service learning on Global Action Conference Day, then extending that learning to related service projects throughout the year.
服务 opportunities abound at the 高级学校, 从辅导和辅导计划, to volunteering at soup kitchens 和 food banks, to completing summer service projects around the world through our unique Parkin Fellowship program.
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