STEAM at SJP
STEAM classes at SJP are integrative experiences that push students to learn through multiple lenses and from a variety of academic perspectives. By design, the classes are hands-on courses that give students exposure to real-life problems where the correct answer is the one they have just created. Students complete projects from the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts, and Math (STEAM) and are encouraged to take risks and experiment with new ideas.
All freshmen at SJP take one of three STEAM I introductory courses: Intro to CAD, Intro to Visual Art, Intro to Graphic Design. All sophomores at SJP take STEAM II, a project-based, group work oriented course taught with a student-centered approach. After sophomore year, students may select from a variety of STEAM electives. These electives incorporate an exciting breadth and depth of study, from cryptography, architecture, and typography to mosaic design, photography, and 3D rendering.
In the spring of each school year, student projects are showcased at the annual STEAM Show, a comprehensive gallery featuring work from all STEAM Department classes.
The Engineering Certificate, awarded at Commencement to those elite scholars who meet the criteria below, represents the highest level of achievement in STEAM. Students who earn the Engineering Certificate demonstrate critical and collaborative strategizing, creative and collegial problem solving, and a relentless commitment to improving our world through cooperative and cutting-edge innovation.
SCIENCE: 4 years Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and either AP Biology or AP Chemistry or AP Physics
TECHNOLOGY: 1 year STEAM II (sophomore year)
ENGINEERING: 2 years Junior Varsity or 1 year Varsity Robotics Team; 1 year: Mechatronics (Computer Programming, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering)
ART: 1 year STEAM I; 1 year STEAM III Elective
MATHEMATICS: 4 years Geometry, Algebra 2, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus (Honors or AP level)
G.P.A: Minimum 3.25 (Engineering Certificate with Distinction will be awarded to students with a GPA of 4.0 or better)