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At Notre Dame Preparatory School, we take studies in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) to a new level with STEAM:STEM + Art = STEAM.

Research conducted at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), funded by the National Science Foundation, demonstrates the interrelationship between STEM and art education. Creativity is at the core of all STEAM fields, whether it is the creativity involved in research, engineering, design or problem solving.

Of note, the University of Maryland Clark School of Engineering named NDP a 2012 Top Engineering Source School!


What Makes STEAM at NDP Special?  

Notre Dame’s STEAM program creates awareness, sparks interest, and builds confidence in girls for STEAM subjects. Students can pursue STEAM courses while enjoying a comprehensive, liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum, rather than a singular track of classes. With NDP’s mod schedule and unique phasing system, students study in areas that are interesting to them and that appropriately challenge their abilities. In addition, a dedicated Upper Level STEAM Coordinator and a STEAM Center allow students to delve into design-build projects and gain hands-on experience with tools and technology.

NDP graduates serve as online mentors for engineering students, and visiting engineer lecturers complement coursework, leading Middle and Upper Level students in design/build activities as well as providing a glimpse of the opportunity STEAM professions hold for women.

Extracurricular activities, such as the Robotics Club and Student Technology Advisors (STArs), offer hands-on, engaging activities in which students can apply STEAM learning. For example,  engineering students created theatrical magic when they designed and constructed the carriage for the school’s production of Cinderella. Outside of the classroom, NDP offers numerous opportunities for real-life learning. Just this past year, students took field trips to Northrup-Grumman, System Source Technologies and the Baltimore Museum of Industry.

For More Information To learn more about STEAM at NDP, contact the Admission Department at or 410-825-0590.

Core and elective STEAM courses include:

  • Logic & Computational Linguistics (6th), Computer Coding (7th), Engineering & Architecture (8th) Explore Program
  • Engineering & Architecture
  • Technology (for freshmen)
  • Introduction to Engineering (for sophomores)
  • Design/Build Engineering (for juniors and seniors)
  • Computer Programming (offered online through Towson University for college credit).
  • Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Advanced Placement (AP) Science Courses
  • Algebra II, Trigonometry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Statistics, and AP Mathematics and Economics Courses
  • Digital Media I, II, and III in iMac Lab
  • Architecture, Digital Photography, and AP Art Courses

Recent Summer Science Internship Program sites:

  • Whiting-Turner Contracting Company
  • Harvard University
  • University of Rochester
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Maryland Medical Center
  • Applied Physics Laboratory at Johns Hopkins University
  • National Aquarium in Baltimore
  • US Naval Academy
  • internships with area physicians and researchers
  • National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine
  • Upper Chesapeake Medical Center