STREAM & ACADEMICS

What is STREAM?

STARS is a STREAM School. Like many schools, our curriculum focuses on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics or what is commonly called STEM. What sets our curriculum apart from other schools’ STEM programming, is the addition of two critical components, Religion and the Arts. A STREAM education is emphasized from Pre-K through Grade 8.

The “R” in STREAM represents Religion. STARS offers religious instruction to support sound character, compassion, service to others, morals, and self-worth. In addition, our program shows the integral link between Religious and Scientific principles.

Faith formation provides students with grounds for their belief that the laws of our Creator can be made intelligible in the first instance. From rational intelligibility, students learn how to find the beauty and elegance in the natural laws of our universe, writ large. 

We firmly believe that the Arts fuels creativity, problem solving and discovery as well as enhancing a student’s desire to do more with STEM and in their overall academic careers.  Many schools cut their arts programs to save money.  STARS recognizes the value of the Arts, particularly to young students, and makes its ARTS program a priority.

STREAM education stands for the recognition that nothing is accomplished without the many and varied faculties that must converge for any discipline to become Transformative. We celebrate our work together in union with the ongoing story of Creation.

Philosophy

Any school that reduces its program to STEM components only, risks becoming a school of, information, only. Such a school, at the peak of its success, would be a high-powered information delivery system. But in turning around and admiring its success, such a school, if honest, would need to admit to having become a computer, its students, mere algorithms. The fallacy of such a program is to inflate what it means to be informational: Importantly, information is not knowledge, and knowledge is not wisdom. Wisdom may be understood as the good application of a well justified truth. While this basic schema is nothing new, some best teaching practices have been swept away by the torrent of information in our current revolution. Some would even pick up the fool’s errand of attempting to swim as fast as the information stream, or even to allow oneself to feel the pressure of the current. But how many programs hold up the student as a Creative Being?

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Technology

Religion

Engineering

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Math

To be creative is woven into the Fabric of our Being. 

 If God is the Creator and if we are designed in the image of the Creator, then we are, apprentices, journeymen and journeywomen, and even Masters, working in correspondence with the Divine.

STARS students grow to recognize the structure of natural law within which they grow together in the wisdom of the Creator

There may be periods of time when we feel distant from God, but we are never separated.  Just as we now know that space and time are not separated, but instead intimately joined by no less than the constancy of Light itself, so too do STARS students grow to recognize the structure of natural law within which they grow together in the wisdom of the Creator, in the light of Creation.   STREAM education stands for the recognition that nothing is accomplished without the many and varied faculties that must converge for any discipline to become Transformative. We celebrate our work together in union with the ongoing story of Creation.