Academic Concentrations

  • STEM Concentration

    Maclay School has established an interdisciplinary STEM Concentration for rising 10th grade students who relish the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This concentration consists of a core set of interdisciplinary requirements that are augmented by advanced courses in one of three tracks, each containing relevant coursework that lies along one of the many paths that can be followed after leaving Maclay. In addition, students are asked to participate in one of several extracurricular activities that complement the program. Participants must also attend a manageable selection of related events. The underlying goal is to equip graduating students with a range of experiences that prepare them for further opportunities in these fields, while also completing all of their graduation requirements. Students who successfully complete all requirements for a Concentration will be recognized at graduation.

    The curriculum is enhanced by contact with local professionals through demonstrations & lectures, tours of relevant facilities, college tours, field trips, and internship opportunities.

    Core Requirements

    These courses are required of all students seeking a STEM concentration, regardless of the track chosen.

    Mathematics (4 Credits)

    Science (2 Credits)


        Geometry (Honors or Advanced)

        Algebra II (Honors or Advanced)

        Advanced Precalculus/Trigonometry

      AP Calculus AB
    • Biology (Honors or Advanced)
    • Chemistry (Honors or Advanced)

    Extracurricular Requirements:

    • Major Project (Choose 1)
      • Semester-long internship in scientific facility
      • Approved summer program in the sciences
      • Science research project in the presented at regional science fair
      • Leadership of a community event in science outreach or education.
      • Approved alternate project requiring >20 hours of work
    • Minor Project (Choose 2)
      • Participation in 2 community events in science outreach or education
      • Attendance at 3 professional presentations in biomedical sciences
      • Leadership role in a related organization on campus or in the community
      • Active member in 2 related organizations on campus or in the community
      • Approved alternate activity requiring 5-10 hours of activity

    Capstone Requirement

    For all STEM Concentration tracks, students must make a presentation to their peers of their experience in one of the extracurricular activities in which they have participated.

    Biomedical Track (Faculty Sponsor: Gary Droze)

    The biomedical track is an innovative, hands-on program of study designed for students who want to design innovative solutions for the health challenges of the 21st century. Students will work through progressively challenging open-ended problems, addressing topics such as clinical medicine, physiology, microbiology, biomedical engineering, and public health. Students will have the opportunity to work on an independent project with a mentor or advisor from a university, hospital, research institution, or the biomedical industry. For this track, most extracurricular activities must be related to the biomedical sciences.

    Required Courses for this track:

    • Physics Honors or AP Physics (required)
    • Human Anatomy & Physiology (1 semester, fall only)
    • Exercise Physiology (1 semester, spring only)
    • Research Design and Analysis (1 semester, fall only)
    • Human Physiology Laboratory Techniques (1 semester, spring only)
    • AP Biology or AP Chemistry

    Core Science Track (Faculty Sponsor: Matt Schnippert)

    For students who desire to pursue a career in a STEM related field, but do not have a specific interest, we have developed the core science track that puts them in a position to enter college with advanced preparation for all major fields of science.

    Additional Required Courses for this track: (4 credits)

    • AP Physics 1
    • AP Biology
    • AP Chemistry
    • AP Calculus BC, AP Statistics, or AP Environmental Science

    Computer Science and Engineering Track (Faculty Sponsor: Joe Kupiszewski)

    For students who are interested in Computer Science or Engineering, we have developed this track to position them to enter college with advanced preparation in these fields.

     Additional Required Courses for this track: (4 credits)

    • Honors Physics or AP Physics 1 (required)
    • Engineering I – Design & Analysis (required)
    • Two of the following courses
      • Computer Programming 1
      • AP Computer Science A or AP Mobile Computer Science Principles
      • Engineering II – Engineering Applications of Computer Science


     

    Business and Entrepreneurship Concentration

    Faculty Sponsor: Justin Van Tassel

    The Business and Entrepreneurship Concentration is designed to help students who have an interest in the business and financial world and who want to gain knowledge on how to successfully become global entrepreneurs and business leaders.

    Core Requirements

    These courses are required of all students seeking a Business and Entrepreneurship Concentration.

    Mathematics (4 Credits)

    Social Studies (3.5-4.5 Credits)

     Geometry (Honors or Advanced)

    Algebra II (Honors or Advanced)

    Advanced Precalculus/Trigonometry

    AP Calculus AB


    AP World or Honors Modern World History
    AP or Honors United States History
    Honors Modern United States History
    Honors Economics with Financial Literacy or AP Macroeconomics or AP Microeconomics

    Foreign Language (2 Credits)

     


    Chinese
    French
    Latin
    Spanish

     

     

    Additional Course Requirements (# Credits)

    • Speech or Debate
    • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
    • Risk and Reward
    • Personal Finance