SIGA students know that "success" is not about how much money you make but rather the difference that you make in your own world and in the worlds of those around you. Our students also know that in order to do that, they need to be able to do more than master content and take a test. They need to develop growth mindsets, useful skills, relevant knowledge and competencies in a variety of areas and contexts in order to develop into well-rounded, socially capable, ethically sound, healthy, flexible and life-long learning young adults.
Therefore, SIGA students develop 21st Century skills for success, including developing the PROPS:
We Do More. Period.
SIGA students are curious, engaged, motivated learners who want more than a traditional, linear Industrialized Era school can provide. They want to learn the 21st Century skills they need in the Information Age, which require curiosity, commitment, collaboration, creativity, discussion, analysis, discernment, problem-solving, resilience, adaptation, flexibility, and learning how to truly be a life-long learner who can grow, adapt, and collaborate as society changes rapidly.
SIGA students engage in a plethora of global and local life experiences and activities that most teens do not have the opportunity to experience. By the time a SIGA student graduates, (s)he has hundreds of service hours, speaks at least 2 (if not 3) languages, has immersed and lived in at least 3 different cultures for 1-2 months at a time, has diverse passions, activities and skills, has mastered the 8 Global Citizenship facets, has mastered the Immersive Citizenship psychology and sociology curriculum, and has a 4-year multimedia portfolio of impressive, authentic, real life experiences that shows colleges who they really are and what they have really been up to throughout their high school career. Oh, and they mastered the disciplinary study of math, English, science and social studies too!
Who are SIGA Students?
SIGA students are bright, curious, unique, and they want what most of us want from life. They want a successful future, but are a bit wary of the “traditional” paths of achieving success. The competitive “pressure cooker” perfectionism model seems tedious, overwhelming, unrealistic, and unfulfilling; yet SIGA students know that they want more than anything to be successful, active agents in their own lives. They just believe there is a better, more engaging, more collaborative way to get there.
SIGA students can do well in traditional settings, but they know that they want to learn differently. Students who will do well at SIGA have interests and passions that they get excited about but may sometimes have a difficult time seeing how what they study in school integrates with those interests. They may feel that they are required to do “busy work” in some classes without seeing reasons or results, and want to know that what they are learning they can apply in real-world, hands-on ways. SIGA students want to be challenged to go outside of their comfort zones bit by bit so they can grow and become autonomous, engaged, proactive life-long learners.
Si Global Academy students care about others and want to have supportive relationships with faculty, opportunities to travel and learn about other cultures and different ways of doing things, and they want support in navigating the world of adolescence so they can be the most effective, efficient, and productive members of their families, friendships, and communities. They are motivated understand themselves better and lead healthy, creative, fulfilling lives. SIGA students are bright, curious, and want to explore their internal worlds as well as the external world in order to make sense of their own paths and what they have to contribute. Finally, SIGA students know that society is changing rapidly and they want to play a part as global citizens in helping solve important problems to create a better future for themselves.