Changing the Narrative in STEM

At GPS, we have changed the narrative in STEM, particularly as it applies to girls. Our students discover a passion for and go on to pursue degrees and careers in STEM fields at a rate higher than the national average for women. Of alumnae from the GPS Classes of 2013-2016 who have graduated from college, 36% received a degree in a STEM field.

Our Stem Learning Philosophy
Our goal is for all students to gain a mastery of foundational STEM skills that will empower them as global citizens and future contributors in whatever field they choose. Here’s how:
  • Start Early | We expose girls to STEM in sixth grade to increase familiarity and fluency. While opportunities in STEM increase throughout Middle School, it is important for girls to remain confident in themselves and their abilities in STEM subjects. 
  • STEM for All | Each girl benefits from the skills obtained in STEM class, and girls can choose projects that align with their interests and passions—from designing a hoverboard car to 3D printing virtually designed pottery. 
  • Yes You Can | We embrace the power of YET, changing the narrative from “I’m not good at math” to “I’m not good at math YET!”
  • Better Together | Problem solving is done in a collaborative setting to which girls are naturally drawn. Students are encouraged to work in teams, creating a positive and supportive environment where risk-taking and failures are safe.
  • Keeping It Real | Courses focus on human-centered instruction by involving mentors and solving real-world problems.
  • Inspiration for Aspirations | Girls are inspired through interactions with women in a wide variety of STEM careers, including GPS alumnae who often return to campus to meet with them.
  • Low-Stakes Options | Our clubs, enrichment opportunities, and an ungraded STEM elective allow girls to take risks, problem solve, try new things, and explore areas of interest without focusing on perfection.
  • Hands-On, Real-Life | STEM at GPS is designed to maximize learning through approaches that leverage how girls think, feel, and behave. They are instructed to be planful but not overly cautious, and to be open to a messy process as they make allowances for the unexpected.
  • Problem Solving and Critical Thinking | Students are exposed to myriad problem-solving opportunities and real-world applications of knowledge and skills in math and other STEM classes.
  • Lab-Based Sciences | Students learn to identify problems, design experiments and explorations, analyze data, and draw scientific conclusions.