STEM Electives at Brooke High School

Brooke Newsletter

Our commitment to rigorous STEM instruction begins in kindergarten and continues through 12th grade. At Brooke, great STEM instruction positions students to engage in the struggle to understand difficult concepts, use logic and evidence to support their theories, express their thinking through discussion, and build connections within the content.

Brooke upholds science, math, and computer science as necessary college preparation, especially for pursuing STEM careers, where people of color are historically underrepresented. While most high schools require only two years of science, Brooke High scholars must complete a three-year science sequence in addition to four years of math and three years of computer science.

This year, our first Brooke High School seniors enrolled in electives for the first time. Going well beyond their graduation requirements, the Class of 2020’s electives reflect their passion for STEM:

  • 78% of the Class of 2020 is taking at least one science elective
  • 27% of the Class of 2020 is enrolled in two science electives concurrently
  • 19% of the Class of 2020 is taking a fourth year of computer science

Seniors are enrolled in the following new, rigorous STEM courses: Advanced Placement (AP) Computer Science A, AP Biology, AP Statistics, College Math, AP Psychology, and Medical Interventions.

Spotlight on Medical Interventions

In our new medical interventions course, students follow the life of a fictitious family as they investigate how to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. This curriculum supports students to expand their understanding of real-world science applications. In the lab pictured below, students test samples to determine the source of an outbreak of meningitis on a college campus.

How Can You Get Involved?

There are numerous ways to support our science program:

  • Teach: Do you or someone you know have a passion for teaching science? Apply to Brooke!
  • Volunteer: On March 12th, we will hold our second Science Careers Night. We are currently recruiting more science professionals to share their education and career experience with Brooke High scholars. If you are interested, contact Kate Wright Apfelbaum (
  • Learn More: Watch some of our great STEM teachers deliver rigorous instruction at