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STEM

At The Summit, "STEM" is more than a buzzword. It's part of our DNA. We know that if your child is going to be able to compete for a tech-dependent job after college, preparation needs to starts now. Our Middle School’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program teaches cutting-edge skills that set our students apart. 

You can expect your child to be able to solve problems, find and use evidence, collaborate on projects and think critically. STEM-trained educators in the Middle School prepare students to advance into rigorous Upper School science and math curricula. Middle Schoolers who are ready can even take high-school level math classes while still in Middle School. 

We incorporate STEM into a variety of classes so that your child can make connections that apply to hands-on projects. Moving from the classroom into our iLab experiences, students function from a STEM mindset as they participate in eight different impact labs each year that focus upon robotics, mindfulness, creative problem solving, financial literacy, coding, orienteering, first aid and engineering.  Further building upon these foundations, our seventh and eighth grade students are immersed in a pair of STEM classes which make explicit the linkages between science, technology, engineering math and the 21st century skills of collaboration, communication, creativity and critical thinking. 

Whether building a ball launcher that would enable a paraplegic with limited mobility to play fetch with a service dog or racing fan cars through the hallways, our students have many experiences engaging in the engineering and design process.  Equally valuable, our STEM program creates leaders of tomorrow by teaching students to work together to solve problems for the 21st century workplace.