Scholars Program

The St. Mary’s Ryken Scholars Program offers accelerated curriculum concentrations to our students who want a more rigorous and advanced course of study.

Featuring curriculum from the nationally recognized program – Project Lead the Way, the Scholars Program offers STEM pathways in:

  • Biomedical Science
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering

In addition to these humanities pathways:

  • Global and International Studies
  • Humanities
  • Performing Arts
  • Visual Arts

The STEM curriculum uses Project Lead the Way (PLTW), the nation’s leading provider of STEM programs. PLTW’s success in preparing students to succeed has been recognized by many colleges and universities.

Benefits of the SMR Scholars Program include:

  • Participation in a selective academic program with specialty pathways
  • Flexible scheduling to allow for Scholars electives
  • Exclusive field trips
  • Capstone senior project with presentations to area professionals with consultation and feedback
  • Distinguished addition for college applications
  • Recognition at graduation and Scholars Program diploma
  • Internship opportunities with local companies and organizations

To be selected for the Scholars Program, the Admissions Team and Dean of Academic will evaluate the following criteria:

  • Student’s high school placement test results
  • Grade-point average
  • Portfolio or audition (Visual and Performing Arts pathways)
  • Interview with the Dean of Academics may also be required
  • Download Scholars Program Flier

Please review the lists below for required courses per pathway. The pathways can be individualized for each student based on their interests.  For additional information and questions, please contact:

Mr. Brad Chamberlain, Dean of Academics at brad.chamberlain@smrhs.org or 301-373-4188.

OR

Mrs. Susan Allison, Academic Coordinator at susan.allison@smrhs.org or 301-475-7681.

Scholars Program Pathways | Courses

STEM Engineering

PLTW REQUIREMENTS

  • Introduction to Engineering Design
  • Principles of Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Engineering Design and Development (Senior Capstone)

MATH AND SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Honors level prerequisite Math/Science courses
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry and/or AP Statistics
  • AP Physics C
  • MATLAB (senior year)

STEM Computer Science

PLTW REQUIREMENTS

  • Computer Science Essentials
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Computer Science
  • Cybersecurity

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • Intro to Programming and/or Web Development
  • Honors level prerequisite Math/Science courses
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Statistics
  • AP Science (Chemistry, Biology, Physics, or Environmental)
  • Digital Knights Competitive Programming Team

STEM Biomedicine

PLTW REQUIREMENTS

  • Principles of Biomedical Science
  • Human Body Systems
  • Medical Interventions
  • Biomedical Innovation (Senior Capstone)

MATH AND SCIENCE REQUIREMENTS

  • Honors level prerequisite Math/Science courses
  • Honors Physics
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus
  • AP Chemistry or AP Statistics

Global & International Studies

  • AP Human Geography
  • AP World History
  • AP U.S. History
  • AP U.S. Government & Politics
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Microeconomics World Language (through a fourth/ AP year)
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar

Humanities

  • AP Language & Composition 
  • AP Literature & Composition 
  • AP World History 
  • AP U.S. History 
  • AP Psychology 
  • AP Art History 
  • World Language (through a fourth/AP year) 
  • AP Research 
  • AP Seminar 

Visual Arts

REQUIREMENTS

  • Introduction to Visual Art
  • Drawing
  • Painting
  • Studio I
  • Photography
  • Graphic Design
  • AP Art History
  • AP Studio Art
  • Honors Intro to Human Anatomy
  • AP Language & Composition

OTHER REQUIREMENTS

  • National Fine Arts Honor Society
  • Summer Portfolio Development

Performing Arts

REQUIREMENTS

  • Performance Group (four years)
  • Music/Theatre/Art Appreciation
  • AP Language & Composition
  • AP English Literature
  • Fine Arts Electives

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR DANCE

  • Health and Nutrition Honors
  • Intro to Human Anatomy
  • Dance Honor Society

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR THEATRE

  • Stage Guild
  • Technical Theatre
  • Two productions per year

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR MUSIC

  • AP Music Theory
  • Tri-M Music Honors Society
  • WATMC Honors Band/Orchestra