Notre Dame Preparatory Offers an Innovative, Interdisciplinary Program that Prepares Students for In-Demand Careers
Dissecting animals is one of the most anticipated activities in every high school biology class. At Notre Dame Preparatory School (NDP), that experiential laboratory assignment looks a little different than at most schools. As each biology student hovers over her specimen—in this instance, a rat—and slices into it, an NDP art student stands nearby, closely observing. She may ask her lab partner questions as she draws a representation of the subject’s vital organs on display. The moment presents an opportunity for the two students from different classes to engage in a dialogue from which they can both learn. This collaborative, interdisciplinary learning experience exemplifies NDP’s STEAM program.
Not to be confused with STEM, which stands for Science-Technology-Engineering-Math, STEAM incorporates art into the mix. At NDP, students and faculty have embraced this curious and relatively new acronym, which represents a blended curriculum that allows students to develop an interest in seemingly divergent subjects like art and science that they soon learn can, in fact, be rather complementary.