The Academy of Notre Dame is committed to preparing our students for a rapidly evolving global economy that requires the development of the skills necessary to compete with peers from every corner of the world. The Academy promotes the STEM approach for teaching Math, Science, Engineering, and Technology throughout the lower school. STEM schools are centers of creativity and innovation that provide challenging, student-centered, inquiry-based educational experiences. Unlike a traditional curriculum, STEM education develops PK-8 students’ creative, analytical, teamwork, communication and problem-solving skills that are essential to success in today’s world.
STEM courses are taught is a sequential manner and spiral from year to year. All Academy math courses use Sadlier-Oxford Progress in Mathematics materials. Early grades use consumable workbooks and later grades use hard-cover text books. Technology resources are used throughout the program including in depth on-line resources for both students and parents. Courses are taught with an inquiry-based teaching method that offers a student-centered learning community where students work collaboratively together to solve real world problems. Early grades focus on specific math standards that allow our students to develop a broad-based understanding of basic math skills. Later, students are introduced to Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, and Geometry/Advanced Math beginning as early as Grade 6. The Academy REACH program allows qualified students to matriculate in advanced mathematics courses beginning in Grade 4.
Academy science classes utilize Pearson/Prentice Hall Science Explorer small book series that develop broad skills in Earth Science, Life Science, and Physical Science. Students in Grades 7 and 8 are required to complete a capstone science project and compete in our annual spring Science Fair. Winners of our school fair move on to compete at the regional and State level. The Academy is proud to have had multiple State level science fair winners in the last five years.
Electronics and technology concepts are covered throughout our STEM curriculum, and students are asked to integrate STEM concepts in all Academy courses. After school, students in Grades 5-8 are able to participate in our Lego League robotics program.
The Academy of Notre Dame is committed to providing our students the most comprehensive STEM courses that prepare our students for success in any college preparatory high school environment.