A STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) curriculum integrates these core disciplines to better prepare students for increasingly popular careers in engineering-related fields with real-world, hands-on learning experiences. Dedicated in December 2016, The McGee Science Center is La Salle’s state-of-the-art science lab that features 3D printers and scanners as part of our burgeoning STEAM program and represents a significant upgrade in resources for students. Powering La Salle’s STEAM curriculum is a one-of-a-kind partnership with the prestigious Cooper Union, located just steps away.
La Salle is growing in more ways than one. Through our dedication to the green movement, our science labs are equipped with four vertical tower hydroponic systems that grow green food plants without soil by providing nutrients to the water supply. Known as the La Salle Rooftop Garden Project, this innovative program is integrated with our science curriculum, teaching students how the soil-less cultivation method is used. Students learn the benefits of hydroponics in growing food in urban areas, as well as poor rural areas around the world.
The next wave of technological progress in the classroom is the use of 3D printers. La Salle is ahead of the technology curve with state-of-the-art MakerBot machines and scanners that allow our students to imagine and invent. Students learn 3D printing mastering manipulation using Tinkercad, a computer aided design drawing program. Through our STEM collaboration with Cooper Union, La Salle’s students also work with the vast network of 3D printers and scanners in the labs at one of the most prestigious engineering schools in the country.
The arts are not only critical to engineering careers, they are powerful shapers of character and outlets for self-expression. Our students receive a well-rounded education that includes intense training in art instruction. The Art department offers three courses. Introduction to Art is a basic course with work in color, design, drawing and art history. Studio and Advanced art classes concentrate on various materials such as charcoal, colored pastels, paint and watercolor. They also cover several art principles, including 3D, shading and positive/negative space. The Art program culminates in the annual Art Expo held every May.
La Salle has created a cutting-edge digital learning environment for students. We are one of the few all-boys Catholic high schools in New York City to offer every student a tablet computer – a key learning tool in today’s world – thanks to our exciting partnership with Microsoft. This integration of technology in the classroom will enable students to learn digital literacy, navigate social media and share content with the world.
La Salle Academy’s Virtual Library generates added value to the digital learning environment for our students. The Virtual Library provides reference and research databases and websites to the high school academic community. These resources, delivered in a technologically rich and nurturing environment, are used in and out of the classroom to promulgate a love of life-long learning, and the advancement of knowledge for the common good.
La Salle classrooms are outfitted with SMARTBoards to enhance the learning experience. La Salle also uses the latest online classroom management system, FACTS Management. This web-based tool allows La Salle’s faculty to easily communicate with parents and students. Quizzes, homework hand-in, grading and attendance are posted on FACTS, helping parents and students track their academic progress.