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Respect for the individual and relevance of purpose are central to the classroom dynamic.

Thinking of education as a preparation for something that happens later can overlook the fact that the first sixteen or eighteen years of a person’s life are not a rehearsal. Young people are living their lives now.
— Sir Ken Robinson

We are a WASC-Accredited school with UC-Approved coursework and one-to-one classes.  Our curriculum is college preparatory with a full host of Honors and Advanced Placement courses designed to situate students for success in college and beyond.

Students enroll full-time and graduate from SIL or take one or two classes for credit to transfer to another school of record.  Tutoring and test prep are available in all subjects.

I love SIL. The overall environment is so positive and is aimed toward a person’s understanding of the content instead of just being able to ace a test.
— dual-enrolled student, Los Altos High School, Class of 2014

Course content cannot be reduced to facts and figures to be trotted out for a test and then tucked away for later in hopes of some future use.  In every subject students are learning to engage their understanding of the world now, to understand themselves as actors in the world today.

Classroom learning conceived as a collaboration between teacher and student allows students to address questions, work through confusions, explore connections, and produce authentic demonstrations of their understanding.

Everyone at SIL seems to have a vested interest in how my child is doing. I feel like they care as much as we do as parents. I know that the future success of my child is being formed now at SIL.
— Parent of full-time student, Class of 2013

THings to know about us:

  1. We love Penguins.
  We don't know why a school located in a temperate clime and with a longstanding emblem of a tree would have a penguin for mascot.  The origin stories are various and subject to change.  You can expect penguin memorabilia throughout our campus.

 

We don't know why a school located in a temperate clime and with a longstanding emblem of a tree would have a penguin for mascot.  The origin stories are various and subject to change.  You can expect penguin memorabilia throughout our campus.

   2.  While athletics tend to happen differently at SIL with students involved in club sports, dance, international tournaments, the SIL Running Club, and keeping a PE log for credit, we do have a school sport: Ping Pong.  We have two tables and an annual tournament.  Pick up a paddle, everyone is welcome to play.

   3.  Teaching is our passion and profession.  But, we don't have all the answers.  As in the classroom, we seek to evolve and better our understanding by continuing to ask questions.  Talk to us.  Give us feedback.  SIL is a community endeavor of the students, parents, and teachers who form our school.

Check out our Community Blog and what some graduates from the Class of 2014 had to say.