Ross School is introducing a new curricular pathway to students who wish to enhance their educational experience by incorporating coursework in the STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics—fields. The STEAM educational approach is designed to integrate these fields in pursuit of teaching student inquiry, collaborative problem solving, and critical thinking skills while preparing students to be 21st century learners who can creatively address global issues of the future.

This new certificate program provides students with the benefits of Innovation Lab @Ross and builds on principles of innovation and creativity to connect student learning in the critical areas of science, math, technology, and engineering with arts practices, elements, and design. Students engage in authentic, problem-based learning and design thinking and take advantage of opportunities for personalized research to enhance readiness for college and careers in STEAM fields.

The Ross STEAM Innovation Certificate can be earned over four years, although students may complete the program in less time. Students entering Ross School after grade 9 may provide official transcripts in order for coursework at previous schools to be evaluated for appropriateness in meeting the certificate requirements



  • Cumulative GPA above 80 for classes required for certificate
  • Four (4) years of Science plus one advanced level Science elective course
  • Three (3) years of Mathematics plus one advanced level Mathematics course
  • Two (2) STEAM-related Field Academy courses
  • Completion of STEAM-related Modernity Project (grade 11)
  • Completion of STEAM-related Senior Project (grade 12)
  • Portfolio of projects and experiences maintained by student
  • Three (3) required trimester-long elective courses:
    • Design Thinking and Materials
    • Future Technologies
    • Principles of Social Entrepreneurship
  • Six (6) trimesters of specialized electives, listed below

Specialized Electives

Advanced Architecture
Advanced Biology
Advanced Calculus AB
Advanced Calculus BC
Advanced Chemistry
Advanced Digital Arts
Advanced Environmental Science
Advanced Metal and Wood Fabrication
Advanced Physics
Advanced Statistics
Advanced Studio Art
Advanced Topics in Media
Digital Arts
Documentary Film
Film Production I
Film Production II
Film Production III
Introduction to Arduino
Introduction to Marine Science
Metal Fabrication
Robotics and Basic Coding
Social and Mobile: Web-Based Video
Studio Art: Mixed Media