STEAM Approach

STEAM (STEM + Arts) is the intentional integration of the individual disciplines of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and math in order to assist students in the development of communications skills, critical thinking, creativity, and collaboration. We believe interweaving these five areas of learning fosters an environment that encourages problem solving, group dynamics, critical and analytical thinking, and independent thinking. The four STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math have overlapping concepts such as measurement, algebra, patterns, force, and motion. The addition of the arts, fosters curiosity and generative thinking which nurture the ingenuity and creative design skills that are key to STEM challenges.

Our STEAM program at HFK  is intentionally scaffolded throughout the years and involves not only combining science, technology, engineering, art, and math content but also bringing the real world into our classrooms. In our life science classes, we solve real medical mysteries; in our physical science classes, we discover how to prevent asteroid collisions; and in our earth science classes, we build 3-D biosphere arenas to learn about ecosystems.

Students team with scientists in Antarctica to help monitor the nests of Adelie penguins, assist conservation scientists in Kenya with counting African animals, and count images from the Hubble telescopes alongside astrophysicist researchers. We believe this project- and problem-based STEAM learning engages our students in rigorous and relevant educational experiences.

By engaging in applied learning – identifying problems, building prototypes, and testing solutions – students develop critical skills in problem-solving, teamwork, time management, communication and leadership, which ensures high school, college and career readiness for the STEM-enabled 21st century.

Further, in our collaborative STEAM program, we place a high priority on leadership, integration of Catholic social justice teachings and the 21st Century skill applications built on a foundation of our Catholic faith.


About Holy Family Parish School Kirkland

Our mission is to inspire, educate and prepare students for a Christ-centered life of learning, faith and service. This has been our mission since our doors opened in 1957…and continues to be our mission today.

We Look Forward to Meeting You

Explore Holy Family Parish School and join us on a tour to see our students learning, laughing, playing and praying. Applications are available online and in the school office.

Engaged in Learning

HFK has a unique values-based education focused on each child’s academic, social and emotional potential, designed to build critical thinkers, confident learners and contributing leaders of our global community.

Beyond the HFK Classroom

From our strong athletic program, to our emphasis on the arts, to our varied clubs, camps, and our before and after school care, a Holy Family education enriches the whole child.

HFK Students, Staff and Parents working together

HFK is more than a rigorous academic education…we are an embracing and inclusive community of staff, students, parents, alumni and supporters.

Creating a Culture of Giving

The many and varied contributions of time, talent and treasure we receive from our parents, staff, parish community, grandparents, local businesses, and others enable HFK to continue to thrive and offer an exceptional education to all students. We invite you to join our team of Guardian Angels!