STEAM is an acronym for Science and Technology interpreted through Engineering and the Arts based on the foundations of Mathematics. This educational framework is for all disciplines and types of learners with the goal of being more engaging and naturally successful for all. Concord Academy has had integration at the core of it’s instructional plan since our first year. In 2013 we became a STEAM school.
Concord Academy Petoskey’s instructional plan features these components:
Integrative Instruction: At CAP the academic curriculum and the arts are uniquely intertwined; each discipline strengthens the other. CAP blends a traditional core curriculum of language arts, social studies, mathematics, science and technology with the arts including visual art, vocal music, instrumental music, and drama. Research strongly shows that arts programming benefits every student both academically and personally.
Project-based Instruction: School-wide coursework is unified with the STEAM approach, integrating subjects and allowing students to gain knowledge, skills and self-confidence as they create and share individual and group projects. Continuous Progress Learning: Students progress in their classrooms based upon their own ability as well as the group to which they belong. In math class, students work in smaller groups that reflect their own skills and progress at the rate appropriate for them. This allows students to progress rapidly in some subjects and perhaps more slowly in others when necessary.
Multi-age Classrooms: Beginning in grade one, students work in classrooms that have a blend of grades. CAP has had multi-age classrooms since its inception. In addition, CAP functions as a K-12 community, giving students a wide variety of peer groups as well as learning partners and opportunities. While in many traditional settings, elementary, middle and high school students are segregated, Concord embraces the opportunity. Our students not only work with peers in their traditional classrooms, but also work on a regular basis, in “Councils,” which includes students of all ages.