According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is projected to grow to more than 9 million professionals within the next seven years. At Woodward Academy, we understand that those occupations are the jobs of today and tomorrow. Our students’ daily education in STEM is preparing them to take those positions and transform our future.
From anatomy to forensics, meteorology to robotics, and everything in between, our Upper School students can explore theory and develop practical skills in classes that give them a competitive edge in college courses and in their careers. We also offer our upper level science students the opportunity to perform authentic Independent Scientific Research (ISR) under the guidance of a faculty research advisor. The broad range of subjects allows students to identify potential areas of specialty even before graduating high school. Learn more about our Upper School coursework in STEM:
Students in our Middle School math courses study algebra, statistics, probability, and geometry. Seventh grade science students conduct daily lab activities to gain an understanding of increasingly complex life forms, physics, and chemistry. Every seventh grader is provided with an iPad for use during their two Middle School years, and students develop technology-related skills such as keyboarding, digital researching, and problem solving. Our 7th graders also take a STEM class where they work in teams to explore, meet, and overcome challenges in a project-based environment. The nine-week course, which entails everything from exploring current event challenges to tackling small-scale engineering projects, helps students to cultivate innovation while honing their skills of communication, exploration, design, development, investigation, and evaluation.
Our approach to mathematics in the Lower School provides students with a solid foundation for understanding mathematical concepts and teaches efficient use of computational skills and problem-solving strategies. In these grades, students also focus on earth, physical, and life sciences, learning about scientific processes through hands-on experimentation and field trips. Technology is integrated into the curriculum at all levels, including at the Primary School where teachers enhance learning through the use of iPads, SmartBoards, BeeBots, and Lego Robotics.