STEM

STEM

“Seeking Truth in a manner that reveals the complexities of God’s creation and inspires wonder, deepens understanding, and empowers students to change the world.”

In a world of increasing pressure to specialize, EACH SJA STUDENT receives a well-rounded curriculum taught through a Catholic worldview rooted in the liberal arts tradition.

We also believe that exposing students to practical experiences in MULTIPLE fields within the context of community and prayer can help them find God’s call amidst all the other voices surrounding them. We know that to fulfill that call in a changing world, they will need a foundation in thought and virtue that a well-rounded, Catholic education is so well-suited to provide.

DOES ST. JAMES ACADEMY DO “STEM”?

WE OFFER…

  • SCIENCE: Advanced Placement (AP) Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics, Health Care Career Explorations, and Science Olympiad Team
  • TECHNOLOGY: AP Computer Science A and AP Computer Science Principles
  • ENGINEERING: Engineering Career Explorations and Engineering Club
  • MATH: AP Calculus AB, AB Calculus BC, AB Calculus AB-BC, AP Statistics, and Thunder Block “Math Lab”
Health Career Explorations

The first part of the class includes a review of various possible career options, medical terminology, CPR, dressing the role and proper representation of St. James Academy. During the remaining three parts of the class students will observe professionals in work settings including hospitals, clinics, labs, nursing facilities, veterinary clinics, dentist offices, physical therapy and many more. These job-shadowing experiences combined with classroom instruction will enhance students’ knowledge and skills related to these health care practices. Students must provide their own transportation to on-site experiences, some of which require highway driving. Additional requirements may be requested prior to class. Daily attendance is needed for a successful semester. This class is an elective credit and does not fulfill the KS Regents or KS Scholars Science requirements.

Engineering Career Explorations

Topics covered will include: Principles of engineering in math and science; background information on chemical, mechanical, electrical, civil and other engineering careers; and the pathways to and experiences of careers in these fields.

AND MORE…

In a world of increasing pressure to specialize and compete, we believe that exposing students to practical experiences in MULTIPLE fields within the context of community and prayer can help them find God’s call amidst all the other voices surrounding them. We also know that to fulfill that call in a changing world, they will need a foundation in thought and virtue that a well-rounded, Catholic education is so well-suited to provide.

 

So while our students can take classes in STEM-related fields, they can also take other career-aligned electives like…

Education Career Explorations

The Education Career Explorations class is intended for students who want to learn more about careers in education. Topics covered will include: The history and purpose of public schools; the history and purpose of Catholic schools; the pathways to and experience of careers in teaching and administration at the elementary and secondary levels; and the role of special education in public and Catholic schools and the various careers that exist within that field. Students will have job shadowing opportunities

Journalism and Mass Media Career Explorations

The Journalism and Mass Media Career Explorations class is intended for students who want to learn more about careers in journalism and related fields. Topics covered will include: The history and purpose of journalism; the pathways to and experience of careers in journalism and mass media; and the opportunity to create media such as podcasts, videos, online broadcasts, and written articles.

Law and Public Service Career Explorations

The Law and Public Service Career Explorations class is intended for students who want to learn more about careers in law and government. Topics covered will include: The history and purpose of the legal field; the pathways to and experience of careers in law, local, state, and federal government; and other careers that interact and interface with those in government and law.

Architecture

The student in this course will learn how to read blackline prints, draw one-point perspectives, field measure and draft their own residence. They will program and design schematics of their own “dream house” and present to the class as a final drafted project. An overview of a variety of careers in construction and design of buildings are integrated throughout the course.

Marketing

Students will participate in hands-on activities necessary to promote, sell, and distribute products and services. The course includes the study of marketing functions in relation to services and goods, advertising, and business ownership. In addition, ethical considerations and the role of the customer are also addressed. The primary objective of the course is to give students experience working through real-world situations.

Entrepreneurship

This course is an introduction to the world of business creation and ownership. During the semester, students will hear from real entrepreneurs in our community, create their own side business, and conduct an interview with a local business owner. A hands-on, project-based approach will be taken as students work through real-world situations. This course may be repeated for credit.

Most importantly, however, each student receives a well-rounded curriculum taught through a Catholic worldview rooted in the liberal arts tradition.

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