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STEM Academies

STEM Academies are offered at the following 3 Catholic secondary schools:
  • Holy Names Catholic High School
  • St. Anne Catholic High School
  • St. Thomas of Villanova Catholic High School

The STEM Academy is an innovative and student-centered learning experience that offers students a partnership between curriculum expectations and hands-on projects that will provide them with the foundation to enter related post-secondary disciplines or exciting careers in STEM related sectors. Course content focuses on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Upon successful completion of the STEM Academy students graduate with a STEM certificate and STEM purple graduation cord, along with their Ontario Secondary School Diploma.


Learner Profile: Am I a Good Fit for STEM Academy?

STEM Academy is designed for students who are interested and motivated to learn science, technology, engineering and mathematics topics through a series of challenging projects and real-world applications.  A learner in this program is creative, driven to explore STEM concepts, enjoys working with others on a team, and has the self-motivation and discipline to see tasks to completion.  A solid understanding of math and science concepts, as well as a strong work ethic is necessary for success.


Key Elements of the STEM Academy

  • STEM Courses
  • STEM Enriched Activities
  • STEM Career Exploration


STEM Courses

Students enrolled in a STEM Academy will begin their course of study in Grade 9.  STEM students are grouped together in STEM designated courses. Students will take a bundle of 12 courses throughout their 4 years of high school.  Please visit the individual high school STEM pages from the menu on the left to learn more about course offerings at each school.

STEM courses follow the Ontario Curriculum.  Overall and specific learning expectations are taught through an inquiry lens.  STEM lessons are guided by the engineering design process.  The engineering design process provides a flexible process that takes students from identifying a problem, or a design challenge, to creating and developing a solution.  STEM lessons immerse students in hands-on inquiry and open-ended exploration. 



STEM Enriched Activities

Students are provided the opportunity to engage in enriched activities that bring to life the engineering design process and reinforce an inquiry based approach to learning.

Students are provided a variety of experiential learning opportunities and experiences in STEM related fields of study.

Students are encouraged to participate in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math contests offered both locally and internationally.



STEM Career Exploration

Students are provided opportunities to explore STEM related careers through participation in events such as Manufacturing Day, visits to St. Clair College and the University of Windsor, as well as interactions with professionals from a variety of STEM related fields and skilled trades.

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