Academics + Inquiry & Innovation (I2) Scholar Program

Inquiry & Innovation

“Schooling isn’t worth anything unless it creates for people the capacity to believe that they can change the world. ” – Jean Piaget

I2 Scholar Program Mission

The Inquiry & Innovation (I2) program is a four-year program designed to target the unique passions and interests of its students through a lens of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and design.

I2 Scholar Program Components

Scholar Curriculum

I2 Scholars will have at least one shared class each year. Shared classes will cover the same content as a traditional course, but will emphasize the inquiry process and will introduce scholars to cutting edge tools and design systems. Students who choose to accelerate over the summer will be placed in a shared class with the previous years I2 scholars. Shared classes are outlined below:

  • Year 1: Physics and English
  • Year 2: Honors Chemistry
  • Year 3: Honors Biology
  • Year 4: KickStarter Design

Scholar Innovation

I2 Scholars will identify a passion area and be challenged to leverage their passion to Change the World. By placing their interests in the context of a need in the world, I2 scholars will work to create a solution via a final KickStarter project. Inspired by Autodesk, project development will follow the design process outlined below. Click here for the project development handbook.

  • Year 1: Imagine (meetings: First white period of each week, 1:30-2:30pm)
  • Year 2: Design (meetings: 20% of Honors Chemistry class curriculum)
  • Year 3: Create (meetings: Wednesday lunch, upper division)
  • Year 4: Change (meetings: 100% of KickStarter Design class curriculum)

Scholar Enrichment

I2 Scholars will be exposed to a variety of applications of science, technology, engineering mathematics and design via field trips, guest speakers, and hands-on labs. Field trips will occur during the school day, whereas speakers and labs will be scheduled during different times as opportunities arise. Field trips are aligned to shared class content. Past field trips include:

Community Participation 

I2 Scholars embrace a mission of inquiry and innovation that all members of the SHC community can benefit from. Keeping this in mind, a portion of the I2 program resources are devoted towards I2 sponsored initiatives that are grounded in the I2 mission, but open to all faculty, staff and students in the SHC community. I2 sponsored initiatives currently include:

I2 Scholar Characteristics & Expectations

Program members are among our top applicants, displaying high academic achievement and exemplary standardized test scores (especially in math and science). More importantly, an I2 Scholar is an individual who embodies an intrinsic curiosity about the world and possesses a strong desire to quench that curiosity in collaboration with teachers, peers and the community. Keeping these characteristics in mind, I2 Scholars are expected to:

  • Achieve at least a 3.5 cumulative GPA and a B average or higher Math and Science courses.
  • Maintain the highest standards of behavior as prescribed by the school.
  • Be models of curiosity, innovation and service for the entire SHC community.

I2 Scholar Quotes

“In a literal sense, the goal of the I2 Program is to build students up in a way that they learn to feel capable of achieving whatever it is that they have set their minds on.  We are encouraged to think creatively in a humbling working environment, as well as discover our strengths and weaknesses so that we may grow in such a way that we can ultimately accomplish our goals.  We are taught that in order to change the world, we must first take hold of our passions, and learn to develop these passions with time and effort.  Along with the continuous support we receive from our peers and from our instructors, this is made possible”. – Samantha Fisher, Class of 2017

“The I2 Program is a unique program that allows for the implementation of personal knowledge on a level that will affect a larger population. The I2 program is a way for my ideas to actually materialize and become something greater, that will help to fill a void or solve a problem that I feel has yet to be solved. I have a strong passion for cycling and through personal experience and I have found that protection of the body is being neglected. Earlier this year I fell during a routine training ride.This further increased my passion for a solution and I am currently trying to form ideas about how I can solve this problem.” – Tomas Saldana, Class of 2017

I2 Scholar Program Team

  • Dr. Ramsey Musallam. I2 Director and Honors Chemistry/KickStarter Design Co-Instructor
  • Mr. Dabney Standley. KickStarter Design Co-Instructor
  • Mr. Joe Murphy. Physics Instructor
  • Ms. Kate McFadden. English Co-Instructor
  • Ms. Danielle Farinacci. English Co-Instructor
  • Mr./Ms. TBD. Honors Biology Instructor

I2 Scholar Program Resources

For more information, please contact The Inquiry & Innovation Program Director Dr. Ramsey Musallam.