Our Story

Developing Leaders Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

Southlands Schools International is a private K-12 educational institution that was established in 1979. Our schools are located world-wide, fostering creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, character, and citizenship in every student. Southlands Schools International has been committed over the last 40 years to mine the gold in each individual to ensure that each student is successful. Our educational institution has become one of the most respected and established private schools offering a wide array of pathways that are founded in the STEAM teaching framework that guarantees to build the 21st century skills that make a student college-ready. Our school has a rich history of nurturing and meeting the needs of the “whole” child. Southlands Schools International builds and strengthens each student socially, emotionally, relationally, morally, artistically, and athletically to prepare him or her for the real world. Qualified teachers, who are experts in their field, partner with students to assist each individual to accomplish the academic goal of acceptance into their dream university. Southlands Schools International is ready to develop your student to be tomorrow’s leader today! 

Mission/Vision

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Our Mission

“Educating future global leaders today in excellence and integrity.”

Our Vision

We at Southlands Schools International believe that all students are created with the inherent capacity to learn and develop their potential. As an organization we foster critical thinking, communication, creativity, and leadership skills so that all students engage and learn at higher levels, becoming global leaders impacting society.

Leadership

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Glenn Duncan

Executive Director and CEO

In his previous occupations, Mr. Duncan pioneered marketing and brand management success for a number of companies, including a four-year stint in Melbourne, Australia as the Director of Business Development for Linfox Distribution Group. After working closely with an influential person, he became inspired to enter the field of contemporary education, which eventually led him to Southlands. It is Mr. Duncan’s opus to raise up global leaders who will become agents of change in society.

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Grant Schmitter

Director of School Operations
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Sue Yoon

Elementary & Middle School Principal
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Rosie Pack

High School Principal
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Maria Garcia

Assistant Principal of Counseling
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Iris Huang

Director of Business Operations
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Mary Sheriff

Director of Student Leadership
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Jane Zhu

Director of Student Advancement

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Overseas Division

Based in a multicultural suburb of Los Angeles, Southlands Schools International (SSI) has educated students from all over the world for over 40 years.  In 2011, SSI began offering its high school diploma program on the campus of Beijing #2 Middle School, a selective high school with a history of nearly 300 years.  Over the last eight years, graduates from our program have entered Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, Amherst, Claremont, and other elite colleges. In addition to Beijing #2, SSI now offers K-12 programs on sixteen other campuses in China and South Korea, from which our graduates have also entered UC Berkeley, NYU, Purdue, University of Toronto, University of Sydney, and the City University of London.  SSI is currently planning for expansion to other countries, soon to be announced. Beyond sharing curriculum, recruiting and evaluating administrators and teachers, providing ongoing professional development and benefits, and assessing and documenting the academic progress of each enrolled student, SSI also offers transferable SSI credits for courses taken in our high school, summer school and online programs. Students are allowed to  transfer these credits between SSI schools, receive a SSI diploma and can be accepted to top colleges in the US, Canada, Australia, and Europe. In addition to 22 AP courses, SSI now offers dual credit college courses on any participating SSI High School campus, allowing graduates to enter those universities with college credits that go toward their bachelors degree. No matter what country you come from, or whether you are an administrator, teacher, parent, or student, the SSI Overseas School Division team is looking forward to helping you and those you love prepare for, and thrive in, fulfilling careers in places you have never even imagined.