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 think for oneself. Holton students will innovate.
Holton’s pioneering programs provide a range of STEM opportunities including Design Technology in Lower School and engineering in Upper School. The School has state of the art facilities and a faculty dedicated to encouraging girls to love science and math. Faculty regularly review and revise the curriculum, most recently implementing a Physics First Program in 2013-14 (ninth graders take physics, tenth graders chemistry, and eleventh graders biology).
Science Research Program
Holton’s Science Research Program, now over ten years old, gives students the opportunity to practice genuine science in a professional lab. This opportunity expanded into a formal relationship with the George Washington University School of Engineering in 2013. George Washington guarantees a certain number of internships for interested Holton students. Partners also include the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS), the University of Maryland, and Georgetown University.
STEM Scholar Program
The STEM Scholars Program offers students who demonstrate interest, complete required applied science and math opportunities, and achieve a high level in related academic course work at Holton 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.