Spring Street Int'l School
A Spring Street education is about building relationships that inspire effort and achieve mastery. In the Middle School, key goals are to instill a love of learning and good study habits. In High School, teachers work to prepare each student to meet the requirements of a rigorous curriculum, fostering critical thinking and complex reasoning crucial to thriving in college and life. SSIS teachers teach students, not classes; students, faculty, and families work together one-on-one and in small groups to achieve clearly defined goals, in the process instilling kindness and mutual respect.
Minimum Credits Required for Graduation
English4 (1 class each year at the HS level.)
Mathematics3 to 5 (Must include Algebra I, Geometry, and Algebra II. Precalculus and Calculus are strongly recommended for college-bound students.)1
Science3 to 5 (2 must be a lab science.)1
Social Studies4 (Must include US History or Government, World History or Geography, and satisfy the Washington State History requirement.)
Foreign Language3 (At least 2 in the same language.)
Physical Education2
The Arts1.5
Occupational Education1
Electives4.5 additional classes
Senior ProjectNo credit, but must be approved and completed.
Total Minimum27
1 Students must complete at least 8 credits in Mathematics and Science.
In Middle School, the key goals are to promote a love of learning and good study habits. SSIS is very much a family, teachers and student know each other well, engendering respect, kindness, and understanding
Subject AreaTypical Offerings
Language ArtsExpository Writing, Introduction to Comparative Literature, The Critical Essay
MathematicsTransition Math, Pre-Algebra, Algebra
ScienceEarth as a Living System: Island Inquiry, Life Science, Biology 8
Social StudiesAncient Civilizations/Middle Ages, Modern World 1600-1850, Modern World 1850-Present
Foreign LanguageConversational Spanish (7th), Spanish (8th)
P.E.6th-7th grade: Swimming, Hiking, Field Sports
The ArtsMusic, Studio Art, Ceramics
While the setting and atmosphere is informal and comfortable, there is the expectation of attention and commitment to academics. Students, staff and faculty form strong bonds of support through their school years and beyond.
For graduation, students must earn the required number of credits in each area during their high school years. In some cases, these required classes may be taken during the 8th grade year. In rare cases, a 7th grade student may take the Algebra I class for HS credit. One credit is equivalent to a year-long class.
Subject AreaTypical Offerings
Mathematics (4 years)Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, Statistics, Precalculus, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC
English (4 years)Literature & Constitution, Literature & World Religions and Cultures, Literature through Psychology, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature, Literary Approaches, Literary Archetypes, Eco-Literature, Creative Writing
Science (3 years, 2 lab)Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Environmental Systems
History & Social StudiesConstitutional History, World Religions and Cultures, AP Psychology, Theory of Knowledge, AP Comparative Government, AP Human Geography
Foreign Language (3 years)Spanish I, II, III, AP Spanish Language & Culture, French I, II
Fine Arts (1 year)Art, Drawing, Painting, Film Studies, Photography, Ceramics, Drama, Music Theory, Music Performance, Music Composition, Voice, Film
The grade point average is calculated on a standard 4.0 scale. A cumulative GPA is calculated every semester. Most students take the SAT and the PSAT in their junior year. Some seniors also take the ACT and/or the SAT II.
Academic Program
Spring Street International School's academic program offers a balanced and integrated college-preparatory curriculum with an individually adaptive approach. Written and grammatical skills are fundamental, and continue to be developed at all grade levels. Humanities and art are integrated into other studies, emphasizing the relationship between the arts and the cultures that produce them. Math classes emphasize computational skills as well as theoretical constructs and problem-solving applications. Sciences, both laboratory and field, focus on discovery, analysis and synthesis. The school's faculty is continuously reviewing its course of study and graduation requirements to ensure that we offer a premier college preparatory program.
Academic Progress Reporting
SSIS uses grades, narrative evaluations, and direct teacher to parent/student communication to describe a student's academic progress. Narratives are published twice each semester, with parent/teacher conferences scheduled at midterm. Grades in progress are issued at midterm, with final grades issued at the end of each semester. Parents are welcome and encouraged to contact advisors at any time to discuss their child's progress.
Advisory System
Each student is assigned a faculty advisor at the beginning of the year who serves as mentor, advocate, and main school contact for families. Advisee groups usually number 8-12 students, and as such, advisors often are the best first contact when families have questions or concerns. Advisees can expect to both meet individually with their advisors frequently throughout the year, and also as an advisee group.
• As a mentor, the advisor monitors and addresses issues related to students' academic lives, assisting them with course and activities selection, effective time management and study habits.
• As a facilitator, the advisor communicates students' progress with parents and faculty, and works with the Head of School, parents, and faculty to develop strategies for student success.
• As an advocate, the advisor supports students in the form of advice, encouragement, affirmation and trust. The advisor actively engages students in meaningful interactions.
Annual Activities and School Trips
SSIS is committed to exposing its students to a wide variety of learning experiences, including those that can only take place outside the classroom. Day trips, both on and off-island, and longer trips, both within the United States and overseas (Latin America and Asia), are an important part of a student's overall educational program and support our goal of having our graduates be true global citizens.
School trips begin during the first month of school, with a 5-day backpacking trip in the Cascades for all 5th-12th graders. Trips become longer and present more challenges and learning opportunities as the students advance through the grade levels. International travel experiences begin at the high school level and take place during the fourth quarter of the school year, after the last AP exam. These international experiences are much more than "school trips" and include strong components of service activities as well as direct connections to the school curriculum. Students must earn the privilege to apply to participate in the international travel program through a record of excellent Expedition Behavior (EB), good citizenship, scholarship and service to the school and community.
Students may also take advantage of the opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities available at the public schools. Such activities usually include team sports, drama and music.
Graduating Classes of 2009 — 2018
American University
Arizona State University
Bard College
Beloit College
* Bennington College
* Bishop's University
Boston University
* Bowdoin College
* C. Washington University
* Cal Poly - Pomona
* California State University, San Bernardino
* Carleton College
Chapman College
College of the Atlantic
* Colorado College
* Colorado State University
Dartmouth College
DePaul University
Emerson College
* Evergreen College
* Fairhaven College
Flagler College
* Fordham University
* George Washington Univ.
* Gonzaga University
* Goucher College
Hampshire College
Haverford College
Humblodt State
Hunters Honors College
* Indiana University
Johns Hopkins University
Juniata College
* Lawrence University
Linfield College
* Lewis & Clark College
Loyola University
* Maine Maritime Academy
* Miami University-Oxford
* Michigan State University
McGill University
* Missoula College
* MIT - full scholarship
Middlebury College - full scholarship
* Montana State University
Mount Holyoke
New Mexico Tech
* New York University - full scholarship
* New York University - Polytechnic
Northeastern University
Northwestern University
Oberlin College
Occidental College
Ohio State University
* Oregon State University
Pacific University
Penn State University
* Portland State (Honors)
Quest University
* Reed College
* Rhode Island School of Design
* San Francisco Conservatory of Music
* Santa Barbara Community College
* Santa Clara University
* Santa Monica Community College
* Sarah Lawrence College
* School of the Visual Arts
Simon Fraser University
* Swarthmore College - full scholarship
Syracuse University
* St. Mary's College (Honors)
* St. Olaf College
Seattle University
* Skagit Valley College
* State University of New York - Binghampton
* Soka University of America
SUNY, Stony Brook Honors College
Temple University
Tufts University
University of Arizona
* University of British Columbia
University of California (Berkeley)
* University of California (Irvine)
* University of California (Santa Barbara)
* University of California (Santa Cruz)
* University of S. Cal. (USC) -full scholarship
* University of Illinois - Chicago
University of Iowa (intl)
*University of Minnesota (intl)
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
University of Notre Dame (intl)
University of Oregon
University of Pennsylvania (intl)
* University of Puget Sound (UPS)
* University of Redlands (Ca.)
* University of San Fran. - full scholarship (intl)
University of Texas - Austin
University of Washington (Honors)
University of Victoria (BC)
* Washington State University
* Wellesley College - full scholarship
* Wesleyan University - full scholarship
* Western Washington University (intl)
* Whitman College
Whittier College
* Wheaton College
* Williamette University
* College attended
(intl): International student acceptance
Full scholarships: MIT, USF, Weslyan, USC, Middlebury, NYU, Goucher, Swarthmore