In a recent effort to support productive discussion, analysis, and activism in the fight for racial justice, Pitzer College, a nationally top-ranked undergraduate liberal arts and sciences institution, created a Racial Justice Initiative. Seattle Academy is proud to congratulate our very own Ben Sievers ’18 on receiving the award.
College and Life
Seattle Academy prepares students for College and Life; we value curiosity and innovation, participation and excellence, and exploration and resolve.
SAAS has a robust College Advising program, as a result, typically one hundred percent of Seattle Academy’s applicants gain admission to college. Not only do these colleges include the nation and the world’s most selective, these varied, “best match” colleges reflect the talented, eclectic, and diverse composition of our student body.
To help prepare our students to become productive contributors in a changing world, we conduct our learning in a Culture of Performance where students demonstrate they can do what they have learned. This includes hands-on Service Learning with personal reflection.
We strive to instill three key principles to encourage our students to become life-long contributors:
- The service of one individual CAN and DOES impact others.
- As a team, together we can make a significant impact.
- Our approach to serving starts with seeking the community perspective regarding the need. We believe we can best serve by beginning with this show of honor and respect. We understand we cannot enter into a community believing we have all of the answers and know what that community needs. We believe we must listen and engage in a dialogue with community members about their needs to serve effectively.
Alumni Bold Contributors
Among this year’s new faculty, Seattle Academy welcomes back Francesca Rosati ’15. After SAAS, Francesca attended Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) and in 2019, received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting with a minor in art history. Francesca went on to complete RISD’s Master of Arts in Teaching.
This past spring, SAAS TV hosted a presentation about our Innovations program. The evening included a panel discussion with alumni who had gone through the program at Seattle Academy, developed a business plan in that class, and have since successfully launched their own business based on the work they completed in the innovations courses.
Eight years ago Seattle Academy alumni, Conor Byrne '05, met Jen Altschul in a Seattle climbing gym. Jen had moved to Hood River in 2007. Since then, she has thought of the Columbia River Gorge as home and the people in it as family. Once Conor joined her there, he grew to feel the same way.
My name is Sierra Lorenzini and I graduated from Seattle Academy in 2015, which feels like both a lifetime and a blink of an eye ago. After SAAS, I attended Duke University from which I graduated this past May with a major in Visual and Media Studies, a minor in Computer Science, and a certificate in Information Science.