STEM Pathway

ap award

Hill's STEM Pathway immerses students in science, mathematics, engineering and technology, while emphasizing critical thinking and ingenuity. Beginning freshman year, students will engage in 3D Computer-Aided Design (CAD), introductory computer programming, and robotics. The STEM Pathway emphasizes real-world collaborative problem-solving skills through project-based learning with Project Lead the Way courses. This forms the foundation for selecting higher-level coursework.
The STEM Pathway may be supplemented with a 2-year sequence in fine arts and/or music appreciation and balanced with a range of Humanities Pathway electives.
pltw distinguished school

St. Joseph Hill Academy High School has been named a Project Lead the Way High School Distinguished High School for 2023-2024. Hill has now received national recognition for our commitment to empowering students with our STEM Pathway Program for two years in a row.  We are one of just a few hundred high schools across the U.S. to receive this honor for providing broad access to transformative learning experiences for students. PLTW is a national nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S, aiming to make every student in every grade STEM successful.

The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, Hill had to meet multiple criteria in the 2022-23 school year such as the number of PLTW courses available to students, percent of students enrolled in PLTW, percentage of students taking more than one PLTW course, and efforts to ensure equitable access to PLTW courses.


ap computer science award


This year Hill also earned the College Board AP® Computer Science Female Diversity Award for achieving high female representation in AP Computer Science Principles. Schools honored with the AP Computer Science Female Diversity Award have expanded girls’ access in AP computer science courses.

More than 1,100 institutions achieved either 50% or higher female representation in one of the two AP computer science courses or a percentage of the female computer science exam takers meeting or exceeding that of the school’s female population during the 2022-23 school year. In 2023, St. Joseph Hill Academy High School was one of 834 recognized in the category of AP Computer Science Principles (CSP).

Freshman Year
Sophomore Year
College Digital Electronics* or AP Computer Science Principles*
Junior Year
College Introduction to Engineering Design* or College Environmental Sustainability*
*Available for college credit
Senior Year
College Cybersecurity* or AP Computer Science Principles* 
*Available for college credit
Student Life:
  • Girls Who Code SJHA Chapter
  • Robotics Club