A STEM Endorsement on a student’s high school transcript reflects a commitment to pursuing studies in the STEM fields, above and beyond the curriculum required for graduation with a diploma from Stuart.
Innovative STEM Courses
Stuart offers Upper School students the opportunity to take a variety of full year and trimester courses in science, technology, engineering and math. These courses are designed to integrate the fundamental components of STEM while inspiring innovation and creativity. STEM coursework focuses on student collaboration, problem solving, effective communication, and critical thinking skills. These courses can be found under science, mathematics and computer science offerings.
Students may elect to pursue an endorsement in STEM to be noted on their transcript upon graduation from Start. A STEM Endorsement reflects a commitment to pursuing studies in the STEM fields, above and beyond the curriculum required for graduation with a diploma from Stuart.
STEM Diploma Endorsement Requirements
Four Year Commitment
Students must apply and be accepted into the program as freshmen.
- 4 full-years of Laboratory Science and/or Mathematics courses
- 3 trimester elective courses (see below)
- 2 trimesters of Computer Science
STEM Discussion Groups
Students participate in group discussions, organized and facilitated by senior STEM students with a focus on real-world current events, research, and advances in the fields of STEM. The discussion groups serve as mentoring opportunities for seniors (who may select topics of interest to them and lead discussion) and help all students to diversify their thinking by introducing them to new STEM-related subjects in these fast-changing fields.
Independent Research Project (Junior Year)
Students work on an in-depth research project in a STEM field of study, earning one credit for research. The project may take a variety of formats such as long-term data collection culminating in a research paper or research that culminates in an exhibit with artifacts created in Stuart’s MakerSpace.
STEM Portfolio (Senior Year)
All STEM endorsement candidates must track and record their work throughout the four years in the program. The portfolio is not only a collection of each girls’ extensive STEM work in the Upper School, but also serves as a helpful resource for reflection as students embark upon the college application process.
STEM-Related Conferences & Workshops
Students must attend three approved STEM-related workshops and/or conferences in Upper School. Teaching at one of Stuart’s popular Young Women in STEM summer or after-school workshops also fulfils this requirement, as does a day’s visit to the annual Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science.
Three STEM-designated trimester elective courses are required. Science, math and technology faculty are proposing new and exciting course ideas each year, so course offerings will vary from year to year. Sample trimester courses may include:
- Anatomy and Physiology
- Design of Emerging Technologies
- Forensic Science
- Exploring Mathematical Modeling
- History of Medicine and Disease