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What is STEM?/MIddle States;Sustaining Excellence

STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.  It is an approach to teaching in which students become innovators, solving real world problems through design.  As students work to create solutions, they gain skills and knowledge in all academic disciplines, but also learn effective collaboration and critical thinking skills.  “Technology” is not only computers and digital items, but also rather the process by which humans modify nature to meet their needs and wants.

STEM Brooklyn 3D printer Visitation Academy

Careers for women in these fields are available, but few are studying these majors in undergraduate or graduate work.  Engineering is one of the few career paths for women that lead to a higher salary than men.  So Visitation Academy is committed to preparing our students for paths that lead to success, independence, and self-confidence –  now and in their future.  Here on this page you will find numerous articles about STEM programs, the advantages of studying the four disciplines, and ways to encourage your daughters to enjoy studying these subjects.


The Visitation Academy Lower School and Middle School participate in an annual STEM Expo in which students share their collaborative class projects.  All projects provide students with the opportunity to understand and apply the Scientific Method, to ask and answer questions, and to explore practical solutions to local and global problems through science and other disciplines.

See the 2018 STEM Fair Programs for Lower School and Middle School to learn more about our students’ most recent discoveries.

Middle States – Sustaining Excellence Protocol

The 3 r’s have been replaced by the three c’s for 21st Century competencies.

STEM ( project based learning)

* critical thinking

* collaboration

* communication

Additional c’s – creativity (innovation), cross cultural competence.


Congratulations to our students who consistently meet and exceed Common Core Standards testing.

Year NYS Science 4

Percentage of students achieving and exceeding competency

NYS Science 8

Percentage of students achieving and exceeding competency

2016 100% 100%
2017 100%   80%



Year   NYS Living Environmental Regents – advanced High School curriculum  

Percentage of students achieving and exceeding proficiency.  

2016     91.7%
2017    100%
2018      75%