Science + Engineering
Solar Prep scholars have opportunities each day to go beyond the basic curriculum and engage in performance-based learning. Instructional components include Project Lead the Way an engineering curriculum with a Design Thinking element, computer programming and robotics, a Makerspace, and arts integration.
These experiences will merge in a daily STEAM learning block facilitated by homeroom teachers. Scholars’ exposure to STEAM-related content is not limited to the daily STEAM block but incorporated throughout the school day through connections in literature and writing, using art to express math concepts in non-verbal ways, and dramatization to support and extend reading comprehension, for example.
Music + Theater
Not only are elements of theater and drama integrated as instructional tools in reading and math, scholars also attend a stand-alone music/theater class three times weekly during specials rotations. Our vision is to have a stand-out theater program that integrates performing arts with elements of engineering and SEL through set and lighting design, data analysis, budgeting and live performances.
Tech + Coding
Exposing scholars to coding and robotics at a young age will not only allow them opportunities to engage in design and problem solving, but stimulate interest in STEM subjects. Homeroom teachers will lead Code.org lessons each week. These lessons are mostly “unplugged” hands-on lessons that teach the foundation of computer programming and connect to the math concepts girls are learning in their classrooms.
Makerspace + Art
The Solar Prep Makerspace inspires scholars to become participatory learners; discover their talents, needs, and interests; and to endlessly make, create, and solve. The Makerspace, led by a certified art teacher, provides activities and design challenges. This space allows girls to exercise choice by choosing which activities to engage in, and practice leadership skills by advocating for their project preference.