SNP STEAM Academy

Front entrance to the STEAM Academy.

In just four short years, SNP STEAM Academy has grown from a single grade 9 class with 32 students to offering a full range of high school credits and an anticipated enrolment of 172 students in September 2021. STEAM Academy’s first grade 12 graduates have worked diligently to earn their OSSD. Eighteen students will mark this momentous occasion as they take to the stage in October at the inaugural graduation ceremony.

STEAM Academy focuses on the delivery of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics blended with the goal of increasing Indigenous knowledge, culture, and traditional languages within the learning program. We are pleased and proud to offer 4 years of Mohawk and Cayuga language courses. We hold high expectations for all students and provide a positive, supportive learning environment where students feel connected and engaged in their own learning.

This past year has brought many unique challenges, and it has also highlighted the dedication of STEAM Academy educators, the tenacity of our students, and the ongoing support of parents. COVID-19 may have changed the way in which lessons were taught as it brought us into an online learning environment, however, most students successfully completed courses in their academic pathway. Students were given technology devices, tools, resources, supports and opportunities they needed to achieve success. The well-being of every STEAM Academy student is fostered through culturally authentic learning experiences. This past year, students dealt with issues such as environmental sustainability, water protection, changing technologies, leadership, and building healthy relationships.

The P-TECH (Pathways in Technology, Early College High School) program is offered at SNP STEAM Academy and is an integral part of our overall programming. Through this program, students begin earning college-level credits in grade 10 culminating in a 5 to 6-year program in which they earn both their high school diploma as well as a 2-year Software Engineering Technician diploma. The P-TECH program continues to progress well with students now taking part in four distinct levels of courses, including the fifth year of study at Mohawk College. This year, students enjoyed participating in a range of related activities such as mentorship opportunities, opportunities to experiment with emerging technologies and work alongside experts from IBM as well as other leading local and global businesses.

During the 2020-2021 school year, STEAM Academy’s champion Robotics Club, and extra-curricular activities were on hold due to the implications of COVID-19. With the new school on the horizon, we look forward to a busy year of robotics accomplishments, a creative music program, and an expanded extra-curricular program at SNP STEAM Academy.