At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, we are proud to be the only STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) Catholic school in the Bay Area.
All students, grades K-8, get hands-on science experience in our newly renovated science lab. In Spring 2021, Immaculate Heart of Mary School launched the LabLearner science program. Through LabLearner, students experience science via a series of inquiry-based, hands-on activities that incorporate national science, math, and ELA standards. LabLearner was designed to specifically address science, math, technology, engineering, health, and language arts standards, and is a 100% hands-on method of teaching science. The program aims to increase student’s experience with STEM components and to familiarize them with state-of-the-art science equipment. Students who graduate from the LabLearner science program are fully equipped to excel in high school science programs and beyond!
Immaculate Heart of Mary School integrates technology into all aspects of the curriculum. Reading and math concepts are reinforced using apps designed to strengthen student comprehension. Students, grades 2-8, attend weekly keyboarding classes thus eliminating hunt-and-peck typing techniques. As should be the standard across all schools, IHM students enjoy a 1:1 ratio of device to student.
In the Makerspace lab, students learn about 3D printing. In December, we join with schools across the globe by participating in the worldwide hour of code. This event kicks off our exploration of coding where students, grades K-8, learn coding concepts as well as digital citizenship.
Middle school students who wish to deepen their understanding may take electives in applied robotics, advanced engineering, and intermediate coding.
At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, we are committed to the growth of our Catholic identity. Accredited by the Western Catholic Education Association, Immaculate Heart of Mary School is delighted to foster a nurturing Catholic school community where children receive a strong spiritual and academic foundation based on Gospel values.
In Makerspace, children learn about Joseph, Egypt, and the pyramids during our study of wedges and simple machines. Art is woven throughout the curriculum as students create stained glass windows and nativity scenes out of recycled materials.
Students explore various aspects of engineering while learning and practicing design thinking. Following a time-tested, grade-appropriate engineering curriculum, students learn civil, electrical, mechanical, environmental, and biomedical engineering concepts. As part of the curriculum, students learn how to safely use power tools and how to incorporate 3D printing into their design projects.
The weekly classes adhere to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) for engineering where students learn what engineers do to design and build systems.
Immaculate Heart of Mary School has an ART TEACHER on staff. As a result, Grades PK-8 attend weekly art classes where the receive in-depth instruction on art concepts. Middle school students who wish to further explore the subject may take sculpture, photography, and advance sketching and painting electives.
At Immaculate Heart of Mary School, math is our focus. Concepts taught in the classroom are then reinforced through the art and engineering. From cutting and gluing shapes to make art in first grade to combining electrical engineering and geometry in middle school to build a house, math is integrated through the curriculum.