Bishop McGann-Mercy Diocesan High School began the 2015-16 school year on Tuesday with an increased emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.
The Riverhead school, which draws in students from as far west as Sayville and as far east as Orient, is expanding its “Project Lead the Way” curriculum to now include three courses: Introduction to Engineering Design, Principles of Engineering and Computer Science and Software Engineering, principal Carl Semmler noted in an emailed statement.
“In addition, the school will be focusing on the natural wetland sited on campus (which feeds the Peconic Estuary) as part of its Environmental Sciences course and wetland clubs,” Mr. Semmler wrote.
This year, Mercy’s enrollment is expected to be nearly 500 students, which is about the same as last year. The school will also welcome more than 20 international exchange students, which Mr. Semmler said helps foster cooperation and respect in the school.
“[We provide] them with the opportunity for an exceptional education and cultural experience,” he wrote. “Our students also benefit by learning about their peers from other cultures.”