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Change Makers


Change Makers...

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.

Educating a Community of Change Makers

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. 
Open the accordions below to read more about our past change makers! 

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. 

Our 2021 - 2022 Change Maker Judy Heumann Visits Synapse!

The theme for the 2021-22 school year was Power of One, and our Change Maker was Judy Heumann. Judy Heumann's life of disability rights activism work inspired our K-8 curriculum for the year and Judy herself visited and spoke to and inspired our students over Zoom.