Elementary school students in Monrovia have anew resource to prepare them for the ever-changing world they live in.Beginning in August 2020, Immaculate Conception School in Monrovia will beImmaculate Conception STEM Academy. The new STEM (science, technology,engineering, and mathematics) curriculum at the academy will equip and empowerSTEM proficient students that will be able to answer complex questions,investigate global issues, develop solutions for challenges and real-worldproblems using rigorous science, technology, engineering, and mathematicscontent. The upgrade comes after the TK-8 Catholic elementary school wasaccepted as part of the second cohort of schools to the Archdiocese of LosAngeles STEM Network.
“Our staff and parents are thrilled aboutjoining the STEM Network because it means that we can start early to preparestudents for the millions of jobs that remain unfilled or that have yet to becreated, while also nourishing their faith,” said Carmela Lovano, principal ofImmaculate Conception STEM Academy. “This is an opportunity no parent in ourcommunity should miss. We’re confident these foundational skills of creativethinking and problem solving and the expansion of our STEM curriculum will givestudents the successful futures they deserve.”
The new school-wide approach to STEM focuseson real-world problem solving through a Catholic social justice lens andfeatures parent engagement, university and community partnerships, and flexibleindoor and outdoor learning spaces and environments. Immaculate Conception STEMAcademy will follow a program model focused on STEM, with key features likespecialized math and science teachers, starting from kindergarten. Byimplementing a system of block scheduling, the schools allow an authentic,real-world learning system. In the first year of the program, one grade bandwill follow the STEM path. After three years, the school expects to be fullySTEM-integrated.
The STEM Network was launched in 2018 by theArchdiocese of Los Angeles Department of Catholic Schools to formalize andimplement STEM education in elementary schools throughout Los Angeles, SantaBarbara and Ventura counties. The STEM Network is an all-encompassing learningecosystem involving network schools, community partnerships, and intentionalparent engagement which equips each member school to make a smooth transitionto STEM. By empowering principals, teachers, parents, students and communities,their goal is to address some of the startling statistics related to STEMmajors, especially in underrepresented groups.
“In partnership with parents and teachers, wewant to give every child the skills to succeed in the world and the integrityto transform it,” says Leslie De Leonardis, director of the STEM Network.“We’re confident that the Catholic STEM combination sets up each child toreceive that powerful gift.”
With Immaculate Conception STEM Academy, thefive member schools include: Holy Spirit STEM Academy (Mid-Wilshire), DivineSaviour School (Cypress Park), St. Turibius School (DTLA), and San GabrielMission Elementary (San Gabriel).
Immaculate Conception STEM Academy is enrolling now. Visit their website to learn more and apply: icschoolmonrovia.org.