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Academic Excellence

By completing a purposefully designed and rigorous course of study, St. Paul’s students will fully realize their unique and personal potential. They will emerge as balanced, lifelong learners and contributors, equipped to thrive in a complex and changing world.

Design Tech focuses on doing things. I was able to see why we’ve been learning all this theoretical stuff.

Karl Nasrallah ’14

Karl Nasrallah ’14

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Karl Nasrallah

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“I take an active approach to education. I ask questions. And I like to apply very abstract methods in practical ways, like trying to optimize the use of renewable energy on the St. Paul’s campus.

My extended essay crossed educational lines. First I had to overcome the project’s technical challenge from a computer science point of view. Then I had to look at the broader ramifications.

The Design Tech course focuses on doing things. I was able to see why we’ve been learning all this theoretical stuff in math and science by applying it real world problems. It was great!”

Karl Nasrallah ’14 wrote his International Baccalaureate extended essay about his successful effort to build a Windows desktop personal computer that runs on a Macintosh operating system. As a member of the STEM Club he has built a personal hoverboard and an electrolysis machine that splits hydrogen and oxygen from water. A student at St. Paul’s since enrolling at St. Paul’s Plus at age two, he has earned numerous academic honors, wrote the first position paper by a St. Paul’s student to earn a perfect score at the Ivy League Model U.N. Conference, and was one of eight members of his class inducted to the Cum Laude Society as a junior in recognition of academic excellence.

Academic Excellence Initiatives

  1. Initiative 1

    Ensure that the K-12 curriculum is effective, unified, connected, and sequential.
    • Assistant Head for Academics and Innovation position created.
    • Academic Council established, bringing together faculty and administrators from all three divisions. Have completed the St. Paul’s Student Profile and have drafted learning narratives for all three divisions.
    • New Mastery Behaviors and Habits Rubric, new requirements for Headmaster’s List have raised the academic bar in the Middle School
    • Grade 4 to 5 and Grade 8 to 9 Transition Group established.
    • K-12 Curriculum Review cycle established for all disciplines across the three divisions.
    • Creation of Academic Council task teams focusing on Technology Integration and Curriculum Review.
  2. Initiative 2

    Provide students with practical and authentic learning opportunities through local and global partnerships with schools and universities, corporations, and municipalities.
    • Student internships established at 21st Century Engineering Group and Strajillion.
  1. Initiative 3

    Offer innovative programs that foster collaborative global learning, entrepreneurial and creative thinking, and opportunities for problem-based learning.
    • Establishment of Sprouts community garden in Lower School courtyard provides hands-on learning for students in all divisions.
    • New partnership established with Rikkyo school in Japan.
    • Upper School students to take summer trip to American Southwest, studying region’s history, environment and geology.
    • Full-time Global Exchange Coordinator hired.