STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

The four-year STEM program offers students who have an affinity for any discipline in the sciences the opportunity to pursue their interests beyond the standard curriculum. The program provides students with challenging science and math experiences, while incorporating technology and engineering components. Students in the program are encouraged to innovate and use their knowledge to think critically and creatively.

STEM students learn to implement rigorous research methodology as they design projects and conduct research. They learn how to analyze their results with the greatest possible measure of reliability and validity, draw conclusions, and identify the need for further investigation.  The goal of the program is to graduate students who are capable of applying these inquiry skills in the research setting of an internship, in higher education, or at the professional level.

Participants in the STEM program meet daily during an Advisory period, in addition to their regular science and math classes, which provides dedicated time and space for program-related projects and independent research. In addition, approved STEM classes are sequenced in order to help students maximize the number of both core and AP-level science and math classes they can take as part of their program requirements. 

During the course of the program, students are exposed to STEM careers. Teachers strive to increase the number of students majoring in STEM fields at the college level. In 2012, the 9th Grade STEM group advanced to, and placed second at, the state level of the the 2012 National Science Olympiad.

Indian Creek believes that all students should have the opportunity for a broad educational experience and an Upper School journey that extends far beyond the classroom. The nature of the STEM Advisory schedule allows time for students to pursue such activities as sports, musicals, student government, and/or other extracurricular activities.

All current ICS Upper School students maintaining a B- (80%) average, or higher, in all math and science courses and who have completed Algebra I are eligible to apply for the STEM program. Admission is based on these requirements and the applicant’s interest in and commitment to the program, as assessed by a mandatory interview with the admissions committee. Students can apply after submitting an ICS admission application. Applications for the following school year are due in mid-December.    

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