Welcome to Queen of Peace High School. Queen of Peace High School is a Catholic all-girls high school sponsored by the Dominicans of Sinsinawa and accredited by AdvancED and the Illinois State Board of Education.
The school serves students from Chicago and the suburbs including Burbank, Bridgeview, Oak Lawn, Bedford Park, Evergreen Park, Crestwood, Hickory Hills, Hometown, Palos Hills, Palos Heights, Orland Park, Chicago Ridge, Alsip, Justice, Blue Island, Cicero, and Summit.
Queen of Peace has grown and flourished over the years, educating thousands of young diverse women in the Dominicans of Sinsinawa tradition. Over the years, many facility enhancements have been made including the addition of two new Mazzuchelli science labs, a fitness and dance center, a softball field, a renovated gymnasium, installation of stained glass windows in the chapel, and the creation of the college and counseling center. In addition, recent curricular advancements include the innovative 1:1 laptop program, computer repair class, expansion of the honors program, and the adoption of PLTW Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum.
Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year, you will see Queen of Peace going Full STEAM Ahead to engage all students in active learning with real-world, hands-on experiences in rigorous, college preparatory curricula focused on coursework in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). These are areas underserved by young women and yet offering important career opportunities for the future. To learn more about Full STEAM Ahead, please take a few moments to view the following video by clicking here.
- The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that by 2018, there will be more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs seeking qualified, trained workers.
- Women constitute 48 percent of the U.S. workforce but hold just 24 percent of the U.S. jobs in STEM.
The STEM focus will be enhanced with their vibrant “Arts without Borders,” a fine arts enrichment program introducing students to a variety of cultural and arts experiences in Chicago and creating the school’s unique STEAM curriculum. The Peace Dance Company and Theatre Company, choir and band, visual and digital arts, and WQOP, the student-run television station, all are Queen of Peace arts activities adding a deeper dimension to learning and the student’s growth experience.
- Queen of Peace is one of only two all-girl high schools in America to partner with nationally-recognized Project Lead The Way (PLTW) to offer the STEM curriculum.
The Full STEAM Ahead curricula give students advanced critical thinking skills by applying the principles of science and mathematics to authentic engineering, technology, and biomedical science projects. As students work in teams to solve problems in aerodynamics and astronautics, digital electronics or circuit design, they will use the same industry-leading technology and software found at the world’s most successful companies. Often, they will have the opportunity to meet with industry leaders and to explore first-hand the role of education as the foundation of innovation in the workplace.
- Nationally, Project Lead The Way alumni are five to 10 times more likely than other first-year college students to pursue engineering or technology classes.
- According to a 2011 U.S. government report, the average salary for non-STEM workers is estimated to be $44,000 while the average STEM salary comes in at $78,000.
STEAM classes to be offered at Queen of Peace will include:
- Science: Principles of Biomedical Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions
- Technology: Robotics, Web Design I and II
- Engineering: Introduction to Engineering, Principles of Engineering, Civil Engineering and Architecture, Engineering Design and Development
- Arts and Mathematics: Arts Without Borders kicks off with an architectural tour of Chicago and is combined with Art Fundamentals to integrate mathematics into design.
All courses are aligned with the Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts, Next Generation Science Standards, and other national and state standards to ensure that Queen of Peace STEAM students have a superior education and are highly competitive with students across the country when they apply for college and scholarships and enter careers.
- One of the primary goals of Full STEAM Ahead is to achieve a 100 percent acceptance rate for their graduates at their preferred four-year colleges and universities.
- Queen of Peace students who have participated in the pilot Project Lead The Way program have already achieved improvements in overall math and science scores.
Governments and businesses throughout America recognize the critical importance of a STEM education to meet the needs of the highly competitive global economy of the 21st century.Chicago is one of seven winning cities in the US2020 City competition initiated by the White House recently. Cities were challenged to work with the business community to develop innovative models for significantly increasing the number of STEM professionals mentoring and teaching students. Girls, under-represented minorities and children from low-income families were the primary focus.
“Our nation faces a stark, but significant, challenge: how do we encourage more young people to enter STEM fields and ensure that America remains competitive on the global stage?” said Blair Christie, chief marketing officer of Cisco. “In addressing this challenge, we open the door of opportunity to a diverse new generation of young people.”
A Catholic Dominicans of Sinsinawa college preparatory high school established in 1962, Queen of Peace is dedicated to the education and empowerment of young women in an environment that inspires academic excellence in a nurturing culture grounded in our Dominican Values of Truth, Compassion, Justice, Partnership, and Community.