“If it weren’t for SABIS... I wouldn’t be going to an Ivy League School,” says Alaya Ayala.
Currently a sophomore on full scholarship at Harvard University, Alaya had to make the choice of her lifetime – she had also been accepted at Smith College on full scholarship.
Alaya, 19, says she “never felt challenged” in elementary and middle school. That changed when she switched to SABIS International Charter School.
“For the first time in my life, I had to really work hard for good grades. I owe a lot to SABIS. If I hadn’t had to work so hard, I wouldn’t be able to keep up with the rigors of my studies at Harvard,” she says.
For Alaya and many other students at SABIS, it is not just about academics, but self-development and life preparation.
“It wasn’t until attending SABIS that I really understood what it meant to be a leader, and I was given the opportunity to develop those skills through the Student Life Organization,” says Alaya, who traveled to Greece as part of the program to attend a leadership conference with other students attending SABIS Network schools around the world. (The network has schools in 20 countries on 5 continents.)
“It was the defining moment of my high school career and changed me as a person forever,” she adds.
AIaya has a message for anyone considering going to SABIS: “It’s an amazing school, especially if you’re someone who wants to feel totally supported…that’s an incredible feeling to have,” she says.
“It wasn’t until attending SABIS that I really understood what it meant to be a leader...”