Many people have heard of STEM, which is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM schools are required to meet certain criteria that set them apart from other schools as leaders in providing the 21st Century skills students need to be successful in today’s world.
SPS goes beyond STEM to be a STREAM school. The first school of its kind to pursue this distinction in San Antonio, SPS seeks to expand the project-based, inquiry-driven STEM model into the areas of Religion and the Arts. We are proud of being a Catholic school, and this step will help us to more closely align our mission with our Catholic Identity. There are several identified elements that must be present in a school’s teaching methodology, curricular and extra-curricular activities, in order to be recognized as STREAM school. Our Brainpower partnership with the University of Incarnate Word enhances our ability to build this type of curriculum framework. The quality teaching staff and expansive facilities also enable us to easily implement more project-based activities for the students. We welcome the larger Alamo Heights community as partners in bringing more STREAM events, including guest speakers, to our school.
All of the primary classes visit the science lab each week to conduct experiments. Our 5th-8th graders attend a STREAM class each day as part of the cross-curricular blend of the various disciplines. For example, an artist could build the most beautiful bridge, but if it doesn't hold up mathematically or if they fail to use proper engineering principles, the bridge loses it's utility.
We are blessed to have two computer labs, one on each campus, which allows us to bring activities like “An Hour Of Code” to our students. All of our students are blessed with the opportunity to participate in art and drama classes, which is an integrated discipline that really encourages imagination. Our Catholic tradition teaches us to make use of the strong intellects with which God gifted us - we use reason and inquiry in Religion classes to pursue deeper understandings of our faith life. Children learn best through interactive participation and STREAM is one way to bring the very best experiences to children as they learn and develop at SPS.