Starting in the 2017-2018 school year, Saint Paul American School began offering 2 additional types of diplomas to students; the STEM Track Diploma and STEM Diploma. Each type of diploma has its own set of graduation requirements that add an increased focus in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.
The purpose of the STEM programs is to prepare students for college and graduate study in the STEM fields as well as to foster inquiring minds, logical reasoning, and collaboration skills. In the real world, each one of these fields is intertwined with the others, and therefore all four disciplines are taught together to create a comprehensive STEM curriculum. STEM education uses hands-on, experiential, and inquiry-based lesson plans built on real-world applications.
Saint Paul American School offers a variety of STEM opportunities in the forms of both classes and clubs. Classes allow students to earn 1 credit per semester while clubs earn 1/2 credit.
STEM Courses (worth 1 semister credit per semester)
STEM Clubs (worth 1/2 semister credit per semester)
Courses in the Math department follow as much as possible a traditional American progression of high-school Mathematics classes. These start in Algebra I and continue through college-level Calculus. Emphasis is placed on graphing, functions, and critical thinking. Higher level classes require a high level of English because of the types of questions asked. Students are placed during their first term at Saint Paul American School in the class that best reflects their current Math level with consideration given to English ability. Students who finish our Math program will not only be ready for college courses, but will also be problem-solvers in many aspects of their lives; including finance, statistics, and applied sciences.
The Science department at Saint Paul American School follows a sequential, inquiry-based learning program, dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the essential concepts of scientific thought.
At all grade levels of science studies, students learn through a variety of hands-on experiences, including experiments, observations, and discussions regarding foundational scientific concepts. Students are encouraged to learn through the process of discovery, with emphasis on critical thinking and analysis.
Students begin with an introductory Physical Science course, covering the basic makeup of the world, from atoms to Newton’s laws. Students then progress to Biology, learning about the basics of anatomy, ecology, and the fundamentals of biochemistry. Chemistry follows, with an emphasis on precision and accuracy in scientific writing. Finally, students culminate their studies with high-level classical and modern Physics.
The ultimate goal of the department is to allow students to learn and arrive at their own understanding of the world through exploration. We also hope to equip students with the confidence to utilize the scientific method in various aspects of their examination of the world around them.
The Information Services department provides students with the necessary computer application skills for them to be successful in their study and work in the future. Students have the opportunity to learn both about modern computer technologies, as well as how to utilize this technology to create original works.
During their studies at Saint Paul American School, students will master Microsoft Office applications; photo, audio and video editing applications; and program using web development and database languages. These courses will supply students with the necessary technological skills to hit the ground running in any undergraduate program in IT.
Students may take any of the following courses: Information Technology, Digital Art, or Web Development.
Information Technology is designed to teach students proficient skills in Microsoft Office and Java Script programming. All lessons are project-based and incorporates cross-curricular exercises to teach software skills while reinforcing English, Math, Language Arts, Social Studies, and Science concepts.
Digital Art expands on foundation skills, exposing students to new applications, including Google’s 3-d modeling, Sketch-up, video editing and advanced features of adobe Photoshop.
Multimedia Journalism is a combination of web development and journalism in the digital age. SPAS Student News (SSN) is a student organization connected with the multimedia journalism class. The SSN team is split into to branches, the broadcast team and the magazine team. The broadcast team produces a weekly news program covering a variety of local and nation news while the magazine team creates a monthly print and online news journal.