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Saint Joseph Hill AcademyUnder the Direction of the Daughters of Divine Charity

STEM Pathway

The STEM program of study immerses students in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, while emphasizing critical thinking and ingenuity. Beginning freshman year, students will engage in 3D CAD, introductory programming, and robotics. This will form the foundation for the selection of higher level coursework which includes studies in chemistry, environmental science, statistics, forensic science, calculus, and advanced physics and biology. The program is balanced with numerous arts and humanities electives including a 3 year sequence in digital or ne arts as well as optional courses in theater, music, psychology, law, and language studies. The program will culminate in a senior research project.

Program Requirements (Honors, College and AP courses available for qualified students)

Math: 4 years are required.  Course options are Algebra, Algebra/Geometry H, Geometry, Geometry/Algebra II H, Algebra II/Precalculus, Precalculus/Calculus H, Calculus, AP Calculus AB, and AP Calculus BC.  Electives include AP Statistics and Business and Marketing.  Math placement is determined by an in-house assessment administered in the spring.   Students with an 88% or higher on the Algebra regents will be considered for placement directly into Geometry H.

Science: 4 years are required.  Biology, Chemistry, and Physics are required.  Electives include AP Biology, Forensics, Anatomy and Physiology, Environmental, AP Environmental

Technology/Engineering: Engineering Design, Robotics, Digital Electronics, and AP Computer Science A are required.  Electives include Engineering Principles, Civil Engineering and Architecture, and Engineering Development (capstone).

English/Humanities: 4 years of English are required.  Course options are English I (Survey of Literature), English II (British Literature), English III (American Literature) or AP Literature and Composition, and English IV (World Literature) or AP Language and Composition.  Electives include Speech and Writing, Classics, AP Art History, Music Appreciation, Musical Theater, and Psychology in Film and Literature.

Social Studies: 4 years are required.  Global I, Global II or AP European, US History I or AP US History, Government and Politics or AP Government and Politics, and Economics are all required.  Electives include AP Psychology and Sociology.

Religion: 4 years are required.  Religion I ( The Old Testament), Religion II (The New Testament), Religion III (Church History), Religion IV (Social Justice and World Religions).  Elective is Theology.

Language: 3 years are required.  4 year sequences available in Spanish, French, and Italian.  Electives include Latin and American Sign Language.

P.E./Health: 1 semester of health and 3 semesters of P.E. are required.

The Arts: 3 semesters are required.  Fine Arts I, II and III or Digital Arts I, II, and III.  Visit ‘The Arts’ section of our site to learn more about each program.