Imagine a future with no gender gap. The Academy of the Holy Angels works toward that goal by offering young women a STREAM curriculum that powers past science, technology, engineering and math.
“We believe art and religion are essential to a fully articulated STEM program,” AHA Principal Jean Miller says. “It’s time to close the gender gap in science and tech, and we hope to graduate students who are strong female leaders with a moral compass.”
EMBRACING CHALLENGES, EVERY STEP OF THE WAY
STREAM encourages Angels to reach their potential—a goal promoted by the School Sisters of Notre Dame, AHA’s foundresses and sponsors. Alumnae say AHA helped them build confidence to succeed in predominantly male environments.
Angels love challenges. The honors anatomy and physiology class said “yes” to a case study by an NYU cardiologist and many Angels apply for AHA’s bespoke Oxford Study Abroad Program.
Newsweek named AHA one of the nation’s Top STEM High Schools. The Academy also received the Catholic School Executive Leadership Award for its superior STREAM program and The College Board’s Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award for expanding young women’s access to AP computer science.
MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN STEM, SERVICE, ARTS AND BEYOND
Several Angels construct robots and enter them in competition. They epitomize growth mindset: If they make a mistake, they pick up their tools and start anew.
Religion courses include ethics and peacemaking and promote service. The school community invested a year supporting Beyond Borders’ programs in Haiti and one Angel purchased and shipped oxygen concentrators to India’s COVID-19 patients.
AHA’s vocalists have sung at Carnegie Hall and Angel musicians perform with honors orchestras and take pre-college programs at renowned schools, including Juilliard. Angels regularly earn regional Scholastic Art and Writing Competition awards and some receive national medals.
AHA’s varsity dancers are five-time national champs and JV recently earned its first national title. In 2022, varsity, JV and the new middle school team swept the States. AHA’s student director received the Rising Star Award for her work on the 2022 musical and teen scientists from AHA’s upper school mentor students from the new AHA Middle School.
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