STEM Certificate

STEM CERTIFICATE

In 2015 the Academy of Our Lady of Peace created the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) certification to acknowledge students for their achievements and involvement in STEM related activities. Students completing the requirements to earn a STEM certificate will receive special recognition at their commencement ceremony, as well as a seal of completion on their graduation diploma. In addition, documentation of STEM completion will be noted on their transcript.

If you’re interested in signing up for the STEM Certificate, carefully review the requirements below and complete the form.

STEM Certificate Enrollment

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GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

I. Maintain 3.0 overall GPA (weighted cumulative)

II. Adherence to all policies outlined in the Student/Parent Handbook

III. Complete the minimum units in each of the following categories (must maintain a 3.0 average in the following courses):
Math 40 units
Science 40 units
STEM Electives 10 units

IV. STEM Portfolio (updated at the completion of each semester):
Semester reflections and coursework examples to be included in portfolio.
Contains evidence of related activities.

V. Outreach (complete one or more of the following per school year):
Membership and full participation in at least one OLP STEM club (Robotics, SHPE Jr., etc.).
Successful completion of an approved nationally-recognized certification program (Adobe, Windows, Apple, Google, etc.).
Pre-approved internship with STEM related off-campus entity (i.e., civil engineering, architecture, medical, general science).

VI. Advisory Panel
Present their portfolio to a STEM Advisory Panel at the completion of their senior year.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES BY ACADEMIC YEAR

I. Freshman year
Maintain 3.0 overall GPA (weighted cumulative)
Maintain a “B” or higher in math course*
Maintain a “B” or higher in science course*
Set up STEM Portfolio within 30 days of completing first semester
Meet with STEM Coordinator at least once during each semester
Update STEM Portfolio within 30 days of finals
Join STEM related club

II. Sophomore year
Maintain 3.0 overall GPA (weighted cumulative)
Maintain a “B” or higher in science course*
Maintain a “B” or higher in math course*
Maintain a “B” or higher in chosen STEM elective
Update STEM Portfolio within 30 days of finals
Meet with STEM Coordinator at least once during each semester
Maintain membership in STEM related club

III. Junior year
Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA (weighted cumulative)
Complete at least one honors level math or science course
Maintain a “B” or higher in science course*
Maintain a “B” or higher in math course*
Maintain a “B” or higher in chosen STEM elective(s)
Update STEM Portfolio within 30 days of finals
Meet with STEM Coordinator at least once during each semester

Complete one or more of the following:
Maintain membership in STEM related club
Successfully complete a nationally recognized industrial certificate
Start an internship with a STEM related off-campus entity

IV. Senior year
Maintain a 3.0 overall GPA (weighted cumulative)
Complete at least one honors level math or science course
Maintain a “B” or higher in science course*
Maintain a “B” or higher in math course*
Maintain a “B” or higher in chosen STEM elective
Complete STEM Portfolio within 30 days of finals including abstract
Meet with STEM Coordinator at least once during first semester
Meet with STEM Coordinator prior to March 1 to complete final STEM review

Complete one or more of the following:
Maintain membership in STEM related club
Successfully complete a nationally recognized industrial certificate
Start an internship with a STEM related off-campus entity

*”C” if Honors or AP course