The Advancing Excellence Campaign has, at its core, the construction of a new academic building that will house eight new STEM classrooms. By emphasizing a strong foundation in STEM subjects, students will be better able to analyze and solve problems, work collaboratively toward solutions, and have greater comfort with technology.

The educational outcomes of a strong STEM background can be seen throughout the school, inside and outside of the classroom. No matter what careers Beaumont students ultimately choose, we need to continue to provide them the experiences that cultivate creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. These are the hallmark skills for success that all employers seek.

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The educational outcomes of a strong STEM background can be seen throughout the school, inside and outside of the classroom.

Beaumont Science Curriculum
Fundamental Courses

Biology
Chemistry
Comparative Anatomy
Earth Science
Genetics
Physics

Honors
Biology
Chemistry
Physics

Advanced Placement
Biology
Chemistry

Pre-Engineering Program 

STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

The emphasis on these four subjects is critical because the United States has lost its competitive edge in these academic areas while other developed countries are soaring ahead. According to the National Academy of Sciences, innovation is largely derived from advances in science and engineering. In order for America to remain competitive in the global marketplace, students must be better prepared in STEM subjects.

Beaumont's success in the sciences during the last several years is a testament to the dedication of preparing students in STEM subjects. Significant progress has been made in preparing students in these areas. Students are given a strong foundation in the basic concepts and an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and collaboration through inquiry and experimentation. The curriculum has expanded to include a pre-engineering course, and student interest has fueled the Robotics team. The science curriculum stresses the relationship of science and technology to other fields, the importance of ethical decisions, and the impact of science on the past, present and future societies.

STEM Education

One of the recurring messages emerging from the national dialogue about the STEM Crisis is that the US is failing to produce and retain sufficient numbers of qualified math and science teachers. If teachers are not confident and creative in teaching STEM subjects, they cannot generate enthusiasm or passion for STEM in their students. In 2011-2012, Beaumont School was one of only 62 Ohio schools and 356 teachers to receive the Governor's Thomas Edison Award for Excellence in STEM Education. Beaumont was only 1 of 12 schools to receive the maximum median score of 10 points. Seven of Beaumont's STEM teachers were recognized with this award, which sends a clear message that Beaumont's teachers value inquiry-based science and technology education.

 

Art and STEM

Far from being lost among the STEM-related activities, Art remains an important element at Beaumont. Beaumont's four-year art program remains popular and has launched the careers of dozens of working artists. Many of the students who excel in the sciences have a gift for drawing, composition, painting and more. There is a very clear and direct correlation between art and the STEM subjects, not the least being the fact that innovation is enabled by creativity. Studies have shown that art education has a positive impact on student cognition, memory and attention skills in the classroom.

Beaumont and STEM

Beaumont is not suggesting that by emphasizing STEM, we have expectations or aspirations for all of our students to choose careers in these subjects. No matter what careers Beaumont students ultimately choose, we need to continue to provide them the experiences that cultivate creativity, collaboration, communication and critical thinking. These are the hallmark skills for success that all employers seek. We need to continue to create positive experiences in the classroom, expand students' access to technology, encourage creativity through art, and allow students to solve problems through hands-on exploration. Through this, Beaumont will be able to prepare today's women for tomorrow's world.

 

“What all of the women at Beaumont gave me, teachers and peers alike, was a confidence in myself. A sense that I could do whatever I put my mind to.The teachers at Beaumont are very special. These women demanded a lot but brought out the best in all of us. Beaumont is such a special place. When I walked in the doors as a scared freshman I really felt like I was home. I still feel that way today when I walk into the building. Beaumont, second only to my family, has everything to do with the person I am today.” -Nancy Kelly McLaughlin ’74