After more than two years of preparations, St. Francis de Sales will become the first Catholic STEM School in Colorado starting in the 2018 – 2019 school year. St. Francis de Sales is a Pre-K through eighth grade school.
STEM Education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning where relevant academic concepts are tied in with real-world lessons as students apply science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This method of learning can help make stronger connections between school, work, community and the global enterprise.
With steady leadership, St. Francis de Sales embarked on a two-year mission to become a STEM school, with faculty members embracing the change. Many teachers have been applying STEM strategies within their classrooms during the past school year. Teachers, staff members and some parents have been taking STEM courses and workshops as well as attending summer institutes and conferences at several colleges and universities in order to prepare to become a STEM school.
St. Francis de Sales believes that becoming a STEM school will further enhance the teaching and learning efforts while still following the curriculum set in place by the Archdiocese of Denver Catholic Schools. Beyond religion and the STEM pillars, reading, writing, language arts, spelling, physical education, social studies, music, art, Spanish and computers will all still be subjects taught at St. Francis de Sales.
Leadership believes students at St. Francis de Sales will reap the benefits of becoming a STEM school as they gain knowledge while focusing on real world issues and problems.
Enrollment for current students opened on Jan. 8, 2018 and continues through Feb. 15, 2018. New
families interested in enrolling in the St. Francis de Sales Catholic STEM School will be able to do so starting Feb. 16, 2018. The registration fee is $250 per family; this is an annual, non-refundable holding fee.