Summit International Studies Academy (SISA) is a year-long course designed for students who wish to pursue an in-depth understanding of world cultures, languages, and diversity. Students will learn multiple languages through online programs as well as develop cultural understanding through case studies, guest speakers, and international video conferencing. Students considering SISA should have a love of cultures, languages, and diversity.  They should also be comfortable using technology, presenting in front of groups, and understand the expectation of professionalism.  Students will work in teams to prepare cultural presentations for real business clients and learn about being a professional.  SISA is a flexible classroom enviroment that simulates a realistic intercultural consulting company.  Student grades are determined through a unique system where students receive a simulated salary and bonuses.  Students in this program are expected to think for themselves and be able to manage projects on their own. 

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  • Grade: 11 or 12
  • Level II Language Course (enrolled or completed)
  • 2.5 GPA (Unweighted)
  • 90% Attendance
  • Student must provide their own transporation to off-site presentations and internships at community locations.
  • Outside class Internet access is required.


  • Computer Applications
  • Business
  • Economics World History

Credits: 3 units

LSR7 Weighted:  .666

*Upon successful completion of SISA, the requirements will be met for LSR7 Modern Global Issues graduation requirement.  If a student drops out of SISA, he or she must take Modern Global Issues.

Dual Credit: UCM POLS2535 Model United Nations (3 hrs credit for eligible students)

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Curtis Cook

Summit International Studies Academy


“SISA is the starting block for a global career. The course prepares students for interactions with people from diverse cultures which is essential international business.” Mr. Falk, European Aeronautic Defense and Space, Paris France

“I was very impressed with the team this week.  They were well prepared, asked good questions and followed a good process for setting project goals and timelines.  They each seemed to have a good understanding of my objectives and clarified that understanding during our conversation. ” Ms. Burnham, National Sr.Mgr,Best Practices, Canon Business Process Services, Inc

“By attending SISA, I gained the skills needed to become successful in my future work. I was able to gather skills which then helped me attain an internship at Global Ties Greater Kansas City, which will soon lead to a paid position. By applying myself during class, I was able to stretch my limits, become more confident, and have hands on experience in the workplace. These are the skills my employer looks for in their employees to ensure they have a efficient work environment. I would not be an intern if it were not for SISA.” Sarah, SISA Alumi and Former Intern at Global Ties, Kansas City