STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) is an educational philosophy that balances technical skills with creativity and critical thinking.
Our teachers weave science, technology, engineering, arts and math content throughout the curriculum to help students recognize the relationships between subjects. Students learn to build connections and apply their knowledge in different settings on our 18-acre, private elementary school campus in Ladue —important skills for secondary school, college, and life.
While STEAM may be a newer acronym, it is nothing new at Community School. Our students—age three through grade six—explore a range of topics, from core STEAM subjects to writing, social studies, and foreign language. Below are a few highlights of Community's curriculum.
At Community, we are empiricists. We measure even as we admire and dig in to look for what is inside, what gives meaning, and what differentiates. This particularly informs how we teach science: actively, with exploration of the woods, fields, and pond right on campus.
We integrate technology into all areas of Community's curriculum. Students use laptops and iPads in all subject areas for research, presentations, and composition.
Electronic white boards and projectors are also used in the Upper Division to create interactive computer-based lessons. Students begin learning keyboarding formally in second grade.
From robotics to woodshop, our students take a hands-on approach to engineering.
Our students examine core subjects through the lens of music, art, and drama. This not only enriches our curriculum, but also brings a deeper level of understanding to complex topics. Community's emphasis on public speaking and performance builds confidence, helping students articulate their thoughts and ideas.
Our students focus on the problem-solving skills critical to mathematical thinking. We cover fewer topics in a year so students can explore each one in greater depth. This allows us to increase understanding of not only the "how," but also the "why."