The Leadership Institute and STEM at Maryvale

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Innovation is front and center at Maryvale, a Catholic, independent school for girls in grades 6-12 in Lutherville. Two particular programs support the students’ drive for innovation: the Leadership Institute and science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities.

Through courses, advisory sessions, school-wide assemblies and events, all Maryvale students benefit from the Leadership Institute. Students in the competitive Leadership Certificate program take at least four leadership courses, engage in leadership service and complete a Capstone Project their senior year.

“Our Capstone experience is unique,” said Mary Ellen Fise, Maryvale’s Director of the Leadership Institute. “It allows a student to conduct her own primary research on a leadership-related topic while also engaging with professionals in the field. It is a hands-on and immersive approach.”

Similarly, hands-on STEM opportunities are infused in middle and upper school curriculums through course offerings and partnerships with prominent corporations and universities. Students can flex their innovative skills through robotics courses, two advanced Mac labs and the new Innovation Lab. They can delve into ecological stewardship in marine biology and environmental science, consider the origins of early humans, adaptations of the human body and study the interactions of humans with today’s world in biological anthropology and human anatomy and physiology.

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