Welcome from Head
For those just visiting our website, you may be asking, “What is Synapse all about?” We are about educating Change Makers by focusing keenly on Social-Emotional Learning, innovation and leading edge academics. Our teachers, who are as committed as they are remarkable, build classroom communities and relationships based on trust, an essential ingredient in teaching and learning, while they cultivate in our students curiosity, creativity and risk-taking. Most importantly, we are about helping human beings be better human beings. We believe all individuals — big and small, young and old — matter.
I want to take a moment to reflect on our school's theme for this year, "iteration.” At its core, iteration is about the process of improvement through repetition, reflection and refinement. It's about embracing the idea that every attempt, regardless of its outcome, is an opportunity for growth and learning. It's a theme that resonates deeply with our way of doing things here at Synapse, where we encourage our students and staff to be lifelong learners and resilient problem solvers.
Iteration is a process that our 2023-24 Change Maker, Eugenie Clark, embraced with vigor. A renowned marine biologist, Dr. Clark is a shining example of someone who dedicated her life to iterative learning and changemaking. Her groundbreaking research in studying fish — particularly sharks — not only expanded our understanding of these magnificent creatures but also challenged prevailing stereotypes and misconceptions. Dr. Clark's journey was marked by countless iterations of research, hypothesis testing and discovery. She reminds us that true Change Makers are those who persistently pursue their passions, adapt to challenges, and endeavor with the same spirit and curiosity as a child.
“At its core, iteration is about the process of improvement through repetition, reflection and refinement. It's about embracing the idea that every attempt, regardless of its outcome, is an opportunity for growth and learning. ”
At Synapse, students will witness various initiatives and activities centered around this year’s theme. We promote an environment where taking chances, making mistakes, and learning from them are not only encouraged but celebrated. Our goal is to instill in our students robust and unwavering confidence so that they innovate as they ideate, and have the skills and resilience to thrive at school, at home and in the future.
I invite you to join us on this exciting journey of growth and discovery. Together, we can continue to foster a community that values iteration as a pathway to positive change and transformation.
Head of School