Observation + Inquiry + Exploration = STEAM
Science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM) makes connections across these disciplines, as well as with the humanities. With emphasis on scientific observation, technological exploration, artfully engineered design, and computational thinking, STEAM is the catalyst for creative problem solving.
Working with the iPad or MacBook Air in a 1:1 environment and using the resources of four makerspaces, students from all divisions design solutions to real world problems and work with computer code and robotics. Science courses are hands-on and laboratory-based and projects are connected to the broader curriculum. Throughout the School, science and math classes share a common language that supports learning across the curriculum. For example, physics students envision and prototype solutions to local and global social justice concerns and take on site-specific design challenges. Upper School electives include interactive web programming, engineering, entrepreneurship, and atmospheric science, as well as options to study advanced chemistry, biology, physics, and calculus. Every Marymount senior elects to take math and/or science for four years of high school. Marymount STEAM students are also textbook authors, workshop presenters, and conference planners.

DNA Learning Center

Marymount is a charter member in the DNA Learning Center Manhattan. Students have access to cutting-edge genetics experiments through in-school activities and field trips to DNALC laboratories. The Upper Mid curriculum focuses on cellular composition and function, while Upper School students experience workshops focusing on human DNA fingerprinting and gene manipulation. An internship is offered each summer to a rising senior who will have the opportunity to work with DNALC personnel in the laboratory.


While the gender gap in technology continues to grow, Marymount students have many opportunities to learn coding and programming. Students in Lower School explore programming logic and reasoning by coding small robots such as the Ozobot and Osmo, while Lower Mid students use littleBits to support learning across the curriculum. Students build on this experience in the Upper Mid by working on several interdisciplinary projects in science, technology, and art. Upper School students can take several coding electives, including Digital Design and Fabrication, Interactive Web Programming, and AP Computer Science.

Extracurricular Activities

Marymount students have the opportunity to pursue their passions through a variety of after-school clubs and activities. Lower School students can explore being aspiring architects or robot designers, while Lower Mid students are the "Marymount Makers." Students in the Upper Mid participate in the Green Thumb Club and the Marymount Space Agency. Upper School students are actively involved in the Science Olympiad, Mathletes, Environmental Science Club, CODE, and the DIY + Design Club. The Student Technology Leadership Team coordinates the annual Student Technology Conference.

Beyond the Classroom

Marymount students broaden their professional learning networks beyond the classroom. Students may engage in STEAM-based summer internships at companies like VidCode or conduct independent scientific research at Rockefeller University or the University of California, Santa Barbara. All physics students are members of SWENext, a K-12 initiative of the Society of Women Engineers, and all students in the Class XII atmospheric science elective are members of the local chapter of the American Meteorological Association. Marymount is also a member of the GAINS Network, a virtual community for high school girls interested in STEM topics that connects them with female leaders in STEM-related fields. The School also particpates in the World Science Academy, a pre-college program for NYC high school students and educators that provides exclusive access to renowned scientists in a multitude of environments.