Holton is educating students to be fluent, not just literate, in the sciences. The goal is for girls to learn to lead in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. Students learn to apply the curriculum in these fields, to explore and discover, to problem-solve, and to think for oneself. Holton students innovate.
Holton’s pioneering programs provide a range of STEM opportunities. These include our Lower School Design Technology classes, Middle and Upper School computer science curriculum, and signature Upper School offerings such as the Science Research Program, described below. The School has state-of-the art facilities and a skilled faculty that's dedicated to sparking in girls a real love for science and math. Our teachers regularly review and revise the curriculum to best prepare our students for their bright futures.
Science Research Program
Now more than a decade old, Holton’s Science Research Program gives a group of Upper School students a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in a professional research laboratory setting—an experience that builds familiarity, skills, and confidence, while also helping students expand their network and explore college and career options.
Students selected for this program are matched with one of our partner institutions, where they participate in an immersive, six-to-eight-week summer internship before their senior year. Partner organizations include the George Washington University School of Engineering, Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), the University of Maryland, Georgetown University, and National Institutes of Health. Prior to their internships, students take specialized STEM courses at Holton designed to prepare them for the experience: Computer Programming and Robotics for engineering-focused internships, and Microbiology and Molecular Biology for biomedical-related posts.
STEM Scholar Program
Students who demonstrate interest, complete required applied science and math opportunities, and achieve a high level in related academic coursework at Holton have the opportunity to earn the designation of STEM Scholar. This designation is noted on transcripts and recognized at Commencement. The Class of 2014 was the first class eligible to receive the STEM Scholar designation. In 2019, 10 students (13 percent of the class) received this honor.