Asking a question: why you would like to study aboard? Students may answer with brushing up their language skills, meeting a diverse range of people, and discovering new and exciting foods. Students are keen to choose their overseas education destinations in the US, UK, and Australia, which have been the popular countries for many years. However, studying in Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City (SSM-FC) has become an alternative among those traditional countries.
Shattuck St Mary’s, one of the top ten boarding schools in the United States, opened in 2018 in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Its establishment brings 150 years of educational expertise from Minnesota to Forest City. Since the middle of the 19th century, this school has been leading the pack among American boarding schools. The relentless pursuit of academic rigor and discipline with innovative learning approaches will get students well-prepared for higher education and career life in the 21st century.
Let’s see how SSM-FC became the best study abroad alternative destination.
1. Abundant Educational Resources
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City is located at Educity, where well-known education institutes such as Newcastle University, University of Reading, University of Southampton, Management Development Institute of Singapore (MDIS) have well-established. It leverages educational resources from the surrounding Educity, to offer a full range international education system from kindergarten to high school.
2. Comprehensive Teaching Plan
Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City offers an American-style education program, starting with the youngest pre-kindergarten students, and eventually providing a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) in Grade 12. Schoolwork allows not only formal teacher-based teaching, but also guide independent exploration of knowledge (i.e., information collection, analysis, and synthesis), as well as regular collaborative work. A rigorous academic program focused on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) will be complemented by intensive coursework in arts and athletics.
3. Excellent Faculty
Faculty play an essential role in the students’ growth and experience, be it inside or outside the classroom. Shattuck-St. Mary’s Forest City currently has 16 teachers from the United States, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, and Singapore, as well as local teachers who are teaching Mandarin. Teachers not only adopt different approaches for students of different ages but also have a unified vision of education for the whole child.
4. Safe and Eco-friendly environment
The multi-layered mobility system covers the whole Forest City. The rapid increase in the number of motor vehicles makes the road condition more complex. In the future, Forest City will set the ground as the urban residential layer, and the middle and bottom layers as the traffic network and parking lot, creating a relatively safe traffic environment for pedestrians. Second, the Forest City adopts closed-off management and intelligent safeguard system to ensure the safety of SSM-FC students comparing to where students in the US needs to find a house by themselves. Additionally, vertical greenery is one of the most remarkable features of Forest City so that you could see a forest-like environment with every facade of buildings covered by plants. As plants and parks surround the whole city, it will take the symbiotic coexistence between city and nature to the next level.
5. Career opportunities
The proximity of Forest City to Singapore will attract an array of investors from Singapore to expand their business in Malaysia for lower operating costs. Secondly, Forest City is a duty-free area, facilitating a conducive business environment, making it the most favorable economic zone in Malaysia. It is expected that Forest City by 2035 will create 220,000 jobs for Malaysia in the sectors of Green & Smart Technology, Tourism & MICE, Nearshore Finance, E-Commerce, and much more, benefiting the local economy.
6. Abundant facilities
Shattuck-St.Mary’s Forest City will provide a variety of facilities to support academic, sports, and artistic pursuits. Forest City campus will also offer boarding services for middle school students. SSM-FC graduates will join a global network of more than 6000 Shattuck-St.Mary’s alumni. When it comes to recreation, there are hospitals, gyms, swimming pools, business streets, and even water parks in Forest City. In terms of medical facilities, Forest City cooperates with Mead Johnson Group to form a natural and healthy environment, including nursing apartments, health conditioning centers, nutrition, and diet therapy health industry.
All of these excellent features make Shattuck-St.Mary’s Forest City the ultimate alternative of study abroad destination. With the same level of teaching and abundant opportunities for career planning in the US, Forest City provides students with a more secure studying environment and experience.