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Culture of Performance

Our Culture of Performance fosters the integration of skills and knowledge, the ability to collaborate and take risks, and the capacity to confidently navigate change and ambiguity. 

Seattle Academy conducts learning in a Culture of Performance. Students in grades 6-12 are challenged to take risks in front of a variety of audiences, combining disparate skills in moments of action in order to communicate complex ideas. This method of teaching fosters independence and integrity, the ability to collaborate and take risks, and the capacity to cope with change and ambiguity.

Our students regularly work in teams in project and problem-based learning, and the Culture of Performance naturally develops a range of key skills, such as the ability to:

  • Contribute and communicate well, both as an individual and as a member of a team;
  • Utilize a full range of capacities, including the rational, the creative, the emotional, and the intuitive;
  • Assess one’s audience and adjust one’s plan based on the reality of the audience; and
  • Understand that ambiguity and failure are part of the process of success.

Practically speaking, Participation & Excellence means that SAAS has a no-cut policy. If a student comes out for a sport, an arts program, or a club, they will not be cut and turned away. 

At Seattle Academy, everyone is in front of an audience regularly, in all areas of study. Everyone learns from each other and everyone is supportive. Ultimately, our alumni cite the Culture of Performance as a major factor in their success in college and in the workforce. 

2023 Fall End-of-Tri Student Performances