In its efforts to improve the quality of the education provided to students, Martin Luther School in Maspeth will be rolling out a new, comprehensive program aimed to develop well-rounded students in the Christian tradition.
Named “MLS STREAMS,” the program, beginning in fall 2019, aims to expand on providing a basic STEM education by incorporating Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, Math, and Service.
“We pride ourselves on identifying and developing each one of our student’s skills, interests, and passions. We do that every day.” said Principal Donna Younghese. “MLS STREAMS is all about connecting the dots - combining creativity, logic and technical skills.”
The addition of religion, arts, and service is a departure from a standard STEM education, but Martin Luther School believes the subjects are advantageous to promoting the overall growth of its students.
“MLS STREAMS enables students to visualize connections and expand their thinking while supporting collaboration across disciplines,” Principal Younghese added. “It becomes clear to students how versatile and valuable the arts are as well as the many ways in which artistic skills are utilized in different technical professions to solve problems through innovation and design.”
Where several schools have wholly abandoned arts programs in favor of STEM, some have argued that the exclusive focus on four disciplines limits students’ creative outlets and ambitions.
“We are committed to MLS STREAMS so that our future students and their parents know how comprehensive their education is and what they can expect at Martin Luther School,” stated James R. Regan, the school’s Executive Director. Principal Younghese added that the program “is yet another way we show our total commitment to giving our students the fullest educational experience possible.”
In addition to growing in knowledge, Martin Luther School wants its students to grow in character so that their decisions are guided by a fine moral compass.
“Religion and service are the very foundation of the program,” said Principal Younghese. “At MLS, the faculty and staff are driven by our deep faith to encourage the faith of our students to grow. This inspires them to make value-driven choices, ethical decisions and builds their Christian character.”
Not only will the fall of 2019 bring the launch of MLS STREAMS, but it will also see the expansion of the school’s Performing Arts Program, which will include dance classes taught by Laura Zambelli, a 30-year member of the Queens Dance Academy. On the tech front, the school will soon see the incorporation of a new tech classroom format to assist students with learning and provide them with hands-on access to state of the art technology that they can expect to see in the workplace.
Martin Luther School is a co-ed Lutheran middle and high school on Maspeth Avenue that has served students from Queens and Brooklyn since 1960. They pride themselves in having 27 ethnicities, over 40 clubs, and a 12:1 student to faculty ratio.
For more information and for prospective students to sign up to be a “Cougar for a Day,” contact Admissions@martinluthernyc.org or call (718) 894-4000.