SABIS® Student Life Organization® - Private Schools in Minneapolis l International School of MN
SABIS® Student Life Organization®

SABIS® Student Life Organization®

“Tell me, and I forget

Teach me, and I remember

Involve me, and I learn.”

          -- Benjamin Franklin

SLO® History

In the early 1950s, Mr. Ralph Bistany, one of the SABIS® co-founders, was intrigued by a student referee during a school football game.  Mr. Bistany was captivated by how all the players followed the referee’s instructions and never questioned his decisions, even though he was one of them — a fellow student and not a teacher. This observation planted the seed of what would become the SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®), a student-led society that empowers students to hold responsibility for many aspects of school life.

The Power of the SABIS Student Life Organization®

Today, the SABIS Student Life Organization® (SLO®) is a society that is run by students, for students, involving them in the day-to-day running of the school and creating a positive school culture.

SLO® is comprised of eight distinct departments fully run by students. Around the globe, students in every SABIS® Network school, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, are encouraged to join SLO® and take an active role in the many aspects of life at school, both academic and non-academic.

While providing opportunities for emotional, social, and moral growth, SLO® helps students develop their academic, managerial, organizational, and leadership skills in a variety of academic and non-academic activities. These include peer tutoring, planning athletic activities and social events, organizing community service projects, and much more!

Through the SABIS Student Life Organization®, students learn to:

  • Promote high social, ethical, and moral values
  • Become active and constructive members of a community
  • Develop academic, managerial, organizational, and leadership skills
  • Acquire and refine the attitudes that give them an edge in college and throughout life
  • Form circles of lasting friendship
  • Get involved in a variety of student-led activities

The SABIS Student Life Organization® at ISM

Virtually every student at ISM, from Kindergarten to Grade 12, is involved with SLO® in one way or another within one of the eight departments.

Academics - School-wide academic support is offered by teachers and students at ISM. All students are offered the opportunity to be peer tutors, Shadow Teachers®, and academic prefects, helping those in need while organizing academic events and promoting excellence.

Activities and Events - Students plan and oversee activities encouraging students to become club leaders and develop life skills. Student leaders organize various events for lower, middle, and high school students like SLO® retreats, dances, and prom.

Discipline - Prefects oversee established school behavior standards and support the Student Management Coordinator throughout the school. They also promote bullying prevention by organizing various projects throughout the year.

Management - Students help run the SLO® office through data management of student life points, performing homeroom inspections, making Daily Announcements, and more.

Outreach - New and visiting students are welcomed by Student Ambassadors, who help them settle in to school life. This Department organizes school spirit days and encourages the integration of international students.

Social Responsibilities - Local and global community service is an important element of life at ISM. Students are involved in green initiatives, Pennies for Patients, and, as a WE school, support various local organization like Habitat for Humanity, PROP and ICA food shelves.

Sports and Health - This team supports the Athletic Department and also organizes friendly intramural competitions, pep rallies, and upper school field day.

Lower School - Upper School students offer activities like activity nights, retreat and coordinate Lower School prefecting opportunities to students.

SLO® Student Initiatives

Student Life Period Academic Support Activity Nights
We School Dances SLO® Prefects
School Spirit Days Field Day Intramurals
Retreats Study Groups Peer Tutoring
Various Fundraisers Bullying Prevention Model United Nations
Community Service Pep Fests Math Leagues
Yearbook Shadow Teaching Pennies for Patients


To see more great photos from our SLO® activities, please click here for our media gallery! 




Benefits for the School and Students

Involvement in all aspects of life at ISM allows students to become fully engaged in the life of the school and gives students the opportunity to contribute to the ethos and culture of the school.

Through SLO®, ISM students acquire and refine skills, attitudes, and attributes that give them a huge advantage in university and beyond.  Leading universities in the US and around the world are eager to attract and accept ISM graduates, who have acquired such a broad range of such abilities and experiences through SLO®.



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