Academy of Science and Steam Education
Dr. Suzanne Till, PhD
Reports and Documents
The Academy of Science is a unique and unparalleled, collaborative education experience in which high achieving students are challenged to expand their intellect, and to develop skills in scientific inquiry, critical thinking, problem solving and communications. The Academy’s academically rigorous learning environment focuses on science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM), while fostering a culture of innovation based on leadership, social justice and serving our global community. The Academy of Science promotes three objectives for our students:
- STEAM Fundamentals for College Readiness,
- Work-Based learning incorporating STEAM research and innovative experiences with San Diego’s STEAM community professionals, and
- Career development and resume building in STEAM.
To participate in the Academy of Science and receive an Academy of Science Diploma, there are two different tracks to follow: Science Academy and Science Academy with Honors. The below table explains the requirements for each track.
|SCIENCE ACADEMY||MATER DEI|
MDCHS Science Academy diploma with Honors distinction. MDCHS Cum GPA: 3.75 or above.
MDCHS Science Academy diploma Cum GPA: 3.0 or above.
4 years of Science with 1 advanced science class. Minimum grades of B- in all Science classes.
4 years of Science with minimum grades of C+ in all classes. ChemCom not allowed as a class.
3 years of
4 years of Math & English including Pre-Calculus. Minimum grade of B- in all classes
4 years of English. Complete Pre-Calculus OR 4 years of Math. Minimum grade of C+ in all Math and English classes.
3 years of Math
Science Academy 1, 2 & 3. Minimum grade of B- in all Science Academy classes. Science Academy III required.*
Two years of Science Academy classes. Minimum grade C+ in Science Academy classes.
STEAM SUMMER INTERNSHIP
Participate in STEAM internship. 60 hours.
STEAM Internship preferred but not required.
Participate in as many STEAM competitions as possible; builds your resume for college.
Same as Honors.
Field trips for STEAM career exploration when enrolled in Science Academy classes
Same as Honors.
*Grades to determine Science Academy recognition for graduation ceremonies are determined at the end of the 5th grading period Senior year.
**Students entering Science Academy as a Junior may earn an Honors Diploma. This student must complete all Honors requirements AND complete Science Academy III for one year.