St Leonards has an excellent record of academic achievements, with former pupils that have gone on to study at some of the best institutions all over the world. Now the top Universities in America and Canada are among our students hit list! We are thrilled that Susie Clements from St Andrews, has accepted an unconditional place at Harvard University. Susie is, we think, the first St Leonards student to join Harvard as an undergraduate. Also our current Head Boy, Curtis Stiles has accepted an unconditional place at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.
Susie shared with us her thoughts on the American university system and how it ‘works’ with the IB, “Harvard, and American colleges in general, share my belief, fuelled by the IB, that opening your mind and challenging mainstream ideas in every sense allows us to improve existing world orders and create more lasting and healthy fashions in society. It captures and continues the essence of what makes the IB so great, and they look beyond your results; America is a real, enormous and hugely exciting option”.
Both Brown and Harvard offer a Liberal Arts curriculum, where students can take a variety of different courses before declaring a concentration (their degree subject) at the end of their second year. Curtis will be pursuing a bachelor's degree (undergraduate), he intends to study computer science and design, and also take courses in international relations and Spanish. This cross-curricular approach fits perfectly with the IB Diploma that both Curtis and Susie completed during their time at St Leonards.
Curtis and Susie may be joined state side by two other current St Leonards Sixth Form students, one in the final stages of attaining a sports scholarship to Princeton University and the other destined for Canada, with an unconditional offer for McGill in Montreal. Finally joining one of her classmates, Anna Carslaw, who has just completed her first year at AMDA (American Musical and Dramatic Academy) in New York, Anna Filonenko (2014 Leaver) has been accepted to New York University - College of Arts and Science.
St Leonards is extremely proud of Curtis and Susie and all our students and wish them the very best of luck in the ‘fall’ as they begin the next step on their journey in America.