Philosophy / Curriculum

Southridge is a community of learners who build knowledge, skills, and attitudes together. We seek to develop students with the confidence, capability, and character to succeed in the 21st century as people who can actualize their ideals in their personal and public lives to the benefit of the wider community.

Senior School Educational Program (SSEP)

Our challenging program prepares students for post secondary school courses of study, while allowing them to pursue their individual passions and abilities.We believe that attitude to his or her studies is a vital component of academic success. We foster independence and creativity and encourage innovation in our students. Critical thinking and problem solving as well as communication and collaboration are essential skills that will enable our students to fully realise their potential in the changing environment of the 21st century.

Our student-centred, discussion based model of education is further enriched by the judicious use of technology. In many of our classrooms students are seated in small groups or gathered around a large Harkness table, explaining a point, seeking clarification from the teacher or their peers, offering an opinion, challenging an assumption or asking a key question. We encourage students to become active participants in their learning and the learning of others.

We are equally committed to nurturing students who are engaged with the world around them; students who are thoughtful, compassionate citizens. Experiential education is a central part of the SSEP and students are provided with many opportunities to ‘learn by doing’at a local, national and international level.The development of character and personal integrity is central to life at Southridge. These qualities guide the useful application of knowledge in contributing to community, which is one of Southridge’s Guiding Principles.

Our hope is to inspire each student towards academic excellence, personal fulfilment, and compassion for others. Our expectation is that all our graduates will go on to post-secondary institutions and will thrive there.

Our SSEP Mission Statement

The Southridge Educational Program is rigorous and university oriented. It inspires and challenges students to actively engage in their own learning in developing their abilities and pursuing their aspirations. It builds independence, while developing an awareness and commitment to action that surpasses concern with self.