College Preparatory School for Girls Grades 3-12

STEM Scholars

Students who demonstrate interest, complete required applied science and math opportunities, and achieve a high level in related academic course work at Holton may receive the designation of STEM Scholar. This designation is noted on final transcripts and recognized at Commencement. This designation is limited to students who demonstrate the strongest performance in math and science related course work as well as their extra-curricular endeavors.

Holton is pleased to have community partners including: George Washington University (GWU), Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences (USUHS) Summer Research Training Program, University of Maryland, and Georgetown University. Student interns are supported by partnership mentors and enjoy the use of their state-of-the-art facilities.


  • High achievement in science and math courses throughout all four years of Upper School
  • Be in good academic and community standing
  • Completion of Microbiology, Molecular Biology, Computer Programming and Robotics, or Science Literacy (trimester electives)
  • Completion of an eight (8) week internship in a laboratory setting under the guidance of a mentor
  • Presentation about the internship experience to Holton Community
  • Completion of TWO AP credits (one AP must be a math and one AP must be a science)
  • Completion of at least ONE of the following: (A, B, C, D or a combination) per school year for a total of four by graduation. At least one, but not all credit must come from group A.

A. Participation in Holton STEM Activities

      • Holton Chemathon Team
      • Holton Chemistry Olympiad
      • Holton Upper School Robotics Team
      • Coding Club

B. Attend an academic lecture or event hosted by one of our community partners or another qualified institution such as:

C. Entry/Submission into external competitions and science fairs such as:

D. Additional coursework beyond the required curriculum: (full year courses)

a. Engineering
b. Online School: One School House* courses: AP Statistics, Computer Programming , AP Computer Science


  • Eighth and ninth grade students are introduced to the program requirements and work with science teachers and advisors to register for appropriate classes.
  • Students should consider joining a science themed club/competition and/or attend local events, lectures and programs.
  • Sophomores consult with their current teacher for candidacy and register for either Computer Programming and Robotics or Molecular and Microbiology along with the Science Research Internship and complete an interview with science department faculty.
  • Rising seniors, after completion of the science research internship, submit the designated eligibility form listing their achievements.
  • Science department reviews all paperwork for the special designation.

*Students seeking to earn Holton credit for an One School House online class must seek permission in advance from the Upper School Director, who will review such requests with her Class Dean, advisor, and, where applicable, the Learning Specialist. Additional fees may apply.