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STEM Program

This nationally recognized program introduces up to 40 students each year to engineering with its hands-on, project-based curriculum called Project Lead the Way.

Good Counsel has been recognized as a “Distinguished Project Lead the Way School” the past four years, a distinction earned by only 3% of qualified schools nationally.

Please visit our Admissions page to learn more on how to apply to the STEM Program.

Program Breakdown

  • Year One — Introduction to Engineering Design: This curriculum is exactly what it says, an in- troduction — to concepts, processes, software platforms, and teamwork. The perfect foundation to build upon.
  • Year Two — Principles of Engineering: You’ll learn about the principles of physics and their importance to engineering and robotics.
  • Year Three — Electives: Once you have your foundation covered, you get to pursue areas that interest you most, ranging from solving problems in aerospace engineering to designing and constructing residential and commercial buildings.
  • Year Four — Engineering Design and Development: You will complete a year-long capstone project involving prototyping, patent searches, and presenting to a panel of engineers.

From Good Counsel to Johns Hopkins:
Meet Bridgette Kim

 
From Here—
Bridgette Kim, '19 did it all at Good Counsel—she was a varsity swimmer, founder of the Entrepreneurship Club, and an engaged and curious STEM Program student. At Good Counsel, you can find your home too —a place where you can make your schedule work for you, and a place where the teachers are willing to go out of their way to help.
 
"Being a part of a smaller school, it made me feel more included in the environment and welcome. The teachers were so nice and willing to help you—and you just don't expect that in high school. You could always schedule meetings after hours with them and talk about anything. I had a lot of good relationships with my teachers. One of the teachers I was closest to was one of my STEM teachers. He helped guide me through anything I was struggling with and he also wrote me recommendations that got me scholarships."
 
To Johns Hopkins—
With the support of her mentors and a strong relationship with her college counselor, Bridgette got into one of her top schools—and earned a whole lot of scholarships to help her make it there. $205,000 in total, plus special perks including a top secret security clearance, summer internships at Leidos Corporation and the Department of Defense, and guaranteed DoD employment after graduation.
 
Now a thriving mechanical engineering major with a minor in computer science and robotics at the esteemed Johns Hopkins University, Bridgette credits the STEM program at Good Counsel for helping to make her decision to become a mechanical engineer. You can find her in 2022 interning at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, installing and troubleshooting hardware and software solutions for the Navy's unmanned boats, while improving automation of submersible vehicles.