Technology & Innovation
"I really enjoy Coding and am excited to implement it in a college course - like using MIT App Inventor software and Ardvino boards."
~ Ryan '20
If the true purpose of education is to foster the ability to critically think, analyze, explore, and create, than what better way to attain this goal than to offer courses intentionally designed to do just this? Freshman year, students will begin a new course called IDEA (Innovation, Design, and Engineering Applications) which is a project-based technology rich course. Collaborative, inquiry-based learning will assist the students with the skills needed to be successful in high school and higher education. Many other innovative and technology focused classes can also be taken such as Robotics, Coding, Engineering Design Project, Software Development, and Aviation and Flight Science. Innovation does not stop with students. Faculty have had professional development on ways to incorporate innovative ideas and projects into the curriculum to engage the learner of today. The English Department has used specially designed video games and interactive blogs to involve the student. It is also common in St Joes to see robots and drones enhancing the curriculum.
A brief explanation of our academic level rating system follows. Please note, students schedules are dynamic and may include varying levels of courses.
Course scheduling at St Joes is individualized and dynamic. Your student's curriculum will be challenging and appropriate to his or her learning needs. Our academic placements are tailored to each student's strengths. Students may progress through our curriculum as his or her mastery dictates allowing students to diversify their course levels.
At St Joseph High School, it is our belief that learning is a collaboration between parents, students, teachers, counselors, and administrators. Each has a part to play in a student's success. It is our hope, that by the time a student graduates, he or she has become a lifelong learner. This maturation process takes time to develop as the right balance is struck between adult supervision and intervention and a student's ownership for learning. Younger students naturally need more adult supervision and advocacy. But as a student matures, it is expected that he or she will take responsibility for his or her learning. In the end, if a student is to succeed in college, the student must be responsible and accountable for his or her education.