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Change Makers

What makes a Change Maker

Impact the world in positive and authentic ways.


Are robustly prepared for real-world challenges that require the integration of academic, creative, and social-emotional domains.

Are not defined by numbers or scale: To make a positive change in the life of one person brings positive change to the world.

OUR Change MakerS

Each year we identify a Change Maker who embodies that year's theme, and can be a lens through which we view our curriculum and projects for the year. Every class, TK - 8, learns about the life and work of this change maker. Change Maker nominations and selection process involves all members of the community, from students to parents & staff. 

Change Maker Themes

The Change Maker Themes inform the selection of each year's Change Maker and reflect the focus we aim to have on curriculum for that year. When a student has completed their Synapse education, from Transitional Kindergarten through 8th grade, they will have seen and learned in the context of each of the nine Change Maker Themes. 

Dr. Eugenie Clark - 2023-24 Change Maker

Change maker for 2023-24
Dr. Eugenie Clark was an American ichthyologist known for both her research on shark behavior and her study of fish in the Tetraodontiformes. Clark was a pioneer in the field of scuba diving for research purposes. In addition to being regarded as an authority in marine biology, Clark was popularly recognized and used her fame to promote marine conservation

I don't get philosophical. Love fish. Love sharks. Keep the water and their habitats as clean and protected as possible.Dr. Eugenie Clark

Dr. Eugenie Clark

to represent the theme of iteration

Open the accordions below to read more about our past Change Makers! 

Our Mission

Our school's mission is Educating a Community of Change Makers.

Synapse empowers every student and community member to make positive change in the world.