Students in the Lee’s Summit School District recently had the opportunity to focus in international studies, global issues, business and languages thanks to the new Summit International Studies Academy. The academy is open to qualifying juniors and seniors from all high schools in Lee’s Summit. The school operates out of the district’s Summit Technology Academy.

The new course follows a business model. Students work as members of an intercultural consulting firm and earn “salary points” for the work they perform in class. These points translate into grades, giving students a mock work experience.

SISA students experience a survey of multiple world cultures, covering all regions of the globe. Each student selects a specific culture to study, examining this culture in depth and becoming an expert in the selected area. The students work individually and in collaborative groups in corporate simulations, learning how to make successful job bids and community presentations as members of an intercultural consulting firm.

Language is also an important component of SISA. Students are required to have completed at least three years of a foreign language. In addition, students use the interactive Rosetta Stone language software to become well-acquainted with eight to 12 languages.

Community members interested in serving as a mentor for this program can contact Curt Cook at or at 816-986-1499, extension 7996.