What is STREAM Learning?
STEM is a curriculum based on the idea of educating students in science, technology, engineering and math by integrating the four subject matters into one cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. This approach has been found to help students develop communication, collaboration, innovation and critical thinking skills, all of which have great benefits and real-world applications.
St. Francis Xavier takes this one step further by also integrating our Catholic faith (Religion) and the Arts into our student’s learning experiences. We believe this commitment to providing extraordinary classroom experiences, where students are encouraged to ask questions, exercise their creativity, be innovative and solve problems, will ultimately help them thrive in higher levels of education and beyond.
We have also found that the integration of STREAM in our classrooms allows for teachers to more effectively engage students, helping them to make mutually reinforcing connections that deepen understanding, improve recollection and ultimately make learning more fun.
Our small class sizes and team approach to teaching provides every student regular opportunities to participate in STREAM integrated coursework, not in just one or two lessons throughout the school year. The incorporation of faith allows students to take time to be reflective and understand their impact on the world around them. It also provides them with the self discipline, empathy and respect, needed to become compassionate and successful leaders in the future.