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The Archdiocesan Educational Fund awarded Nazareth Academy High School a grant in the amount of $99,300 for the 2019-2020 Fiscal year. The funded program will support Nazareth’s STREAM initiative titled STREAM: 21st Century Teaching and Learning. Matthew H. McCloskey Jr. (1893-1973), building contractor and U.S. Ambassador to Ireland (1962-64), created and funded the charitable organization in 1967 to advance Catholic education and evangelization throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
“We’re looking forward to supporting Nazareth’s STREAM program, particularly the R portion of it through the integration of religion with the science and math disciplines,” said Matthew H. McCloskey IV, president of the Archdiocesan Educational Fund. “This program, and the various other STEM, STEAM, and STREAM programs that are being added at many schools, will be interesting to watch. We’ll be looking to see how they increase test scores, broaden the students’ understanding of each of the subjects, and generally stretch thinking by teachers and students.”
Nazareth Academy High School's STREAM: 21st Century Teaching and Learning program is designed to create awareness, spark interest, build confidence, and foster a culture of innovation in girls while integrating Nazareth’s Catholic identity into every aspect of the curriculum. It is important to note that STREAM education is not a new curriculum at Nazareth, but a philosophical framework for delivering excellence in Catholic education for the 21st Century learner.
“We are extremely grateful to the McCloskey Family for their generosity and commitment to advancing the mission of Catholic education through the Archdiocesan Educational Fund,” said Denise LePera, president of Nazareth Academy High School. “Their investment in STREAM at Nazareth will allow us to continue our efforts in STEM by incorporating Religion and ensuring the STEM outcomes are infused throughout the curriculum. Not only will STREAM at Nazareth increase opportunities in STEM careers but the Religion component will ensure we shape virtuous leaders.”
Through this grant Nazareth Academy will be able to provide its students opportunities and space to explore new hands on experiments, to experience reflective questions, and to construct innovative and creative solutions while maintaining their faith and mission to serve God and others. The funds will allow Nazareth to purchase the appropriate virtual reality software packages, rocket-design and simulation programs, robots, the proper tools, machinery, and workstations among other equipment and furniture. Also with this funding, a makerspace consultant will be hired for the continued professional development of Nazareth faculty in the best practices of 21st Century STREAM.
Nazareth Academy High School, the only private, Catholic high school for girls in Philadelphia, lives its mission each day through our caring, family atmosphere. Embracing faith, family, and education, Nazareth Academy challenges each student to attain her full potential academically, spiritually, and personally. While focusing on service to God and community, Nazareth Academy High School provides a rigorous academic curriculum and varied extracurricular activities that inspire each student to achieve academic excellence and become a life-long learner in a global society.