How will my child's experience at a Catalyst STEM school be different than if they had attended another school?
Catalyst STEM schools design classrooms, lessons, and school culture to highlight STEM issues and skills as a theme within all core subjects. In a STEM classroom, at any level and in any subject, students actively learn through discovery and hands-on lessons.
At the elementary school level, students don’t need advanced skills or specific interest in STEM careers in order to flourish. The integrated curriculum simply provides basic exposure to STEM fields as a theme around which to engage all core subjects.
Topics of science and math, basic exposure to elements of design, and introduction to technology as a tool of learning are woven into the entire curriculum.
At the secondary level, active, project-focused classrooms are still ideal for integrating STEM topics, but more specific scientific content is also introduced.
By 6th grade every student should have access to and should spend a significant amount of time in a science lab. A combination of hands-on lessons, rich exposure to technology, and an interdisciplinary approach to the curriculum will help prepare DCPS students for further education and a broad range of careers.