Signature Programs

E.E. Ford Program in Architecture, Engineering and Design for the Common Good

The E.E. Ford Program in Architecture, Engineering and Design for the Common Good is an innovative, two-year program for juniors and seniors that provides instruction in courses not typically taught at the secondary school level.


The interdisciplinary STEAM curriculum combines the study of art and architecture with science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Arts education fosters the creative thinking needed to develop innovative new products and industries, and is an important component of the course.

What makes this program so distinct isn’t solely that Holy Child is pushing back aggressively against an absentee culture of women in engineering and architecture, it is the fact Holy Child recognizes that students are better served when their work has an anchor to a real world issue they can tackle, hence the community connection. Holy Child knows that a rich education is one that clearly demonstrates the connections between both disciplines and peoples, and we fully expect this program to inspire and prepare our girls for advanced study in fields often dominated by men.

Field-based study includes:

  • Participation in hands-on design labs
  • Attendance at lectures on engineering principles by college professors
  • Meet & Greet opportunities with practicing engineers and architects
  • Visiting companies to explore the many different forms of engineering in the real world.

The year-long junior seminar culminates with an immersion program in June where students begin the community-based engineering and design project that will become the subject of their senior thesis. The senior design project must improve some aspect of the community experience, either on the Holy Child campus itself or in the surrounding neighborhoods.

Critical to meeting the goals of the E.E. Ford Program, School of the Holy Child recently opened its new 700-square-foot Design Studio on campus. This unique and dedicated space provides students with authentic experiences in engineering, innovation and design that will have a direct impact on the communities and world around us. The studio includes a multi-purpose workshop and classrooms for students studying STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) fields. The first floor has meeting areas and work spaces for classes and collaboration. The second floor of the studio provides the tools and resources for design projects. It features a 3-D printer, laser cutter, thermoformer, 3-D milling machine, sewing machine, circuit kits, and a variety of hand tools for the creation of physical prototypes.

Class of 2016 Senior Design Projects include:

  • Improving Functional Knee Braces for Student Athletes
  • Application of the Design Process to Building an Underground Track at Holy Child
  • Acoustic Tent for Outdoor Performances on the Holy Child Campus
  • Solar Energy at Habitat for Humanity and the Possibilities of 3D Printed Solar Cells
  • Reinforcing the Importance of STEAM in Young Female Education

Generoso Pope Italian Cultural Studies Program

The Generoso Pope Italian Cultural Studies Program is a rigorous, two-year cultural immersion experience for juniors and seniors that raises awareness about Italian culture and language while enhancing the mission of Holy Child's Global Studies Program. As part of the program, students participate in a college-level seminar course exploring the history, art, language, literature, architecture and politics of Italy. Field trips, attention to current events, and cultural programming complement classroom instruction. The first year culminates in a research tour of Italy during which students explore topics they later expand into their individual research projects as seniors. Ultimately, all students produce an original analysis of an issue in Italian studies that contributes to the field.

Program Overview

Year One:

  • Year-long, interdisciplinary Humanities course covering Italian culture since Antiquity
  • Field trips to various museums and other relevant sites, including The Met, the Cloisters, Saint John the Divine, and Little Italy
  • Year-long Italian language instruction
  • Extensive research tour of Italy in June
  • Affiliation with the Westchester Italian Cultural Center

Year Two:

  • Develop thesis for an independent research project, under the supervision of the Program Director
  • Weekly group sessions as a scholarly community
  • Regular communication and bi-weekly, individualized research direction
  • Extensive writing instruction, content critique and production assistance
  • Continued Italian language learning and cultural programming
  • Continued affiliation with the Westchester Italian Cultural Center
  • June presentations and online publication

Global Studies Program

The Global Studies Program provides students with opportunities to engage in meaningful and contemplative travel. Our students have studied art and Italian language in Florence, built homes on the Gulf Coast, volunteered at a children's hospital in Peru, visited Holy Child Network Schools in Ghana and immersed themselves in the culture and architecture of Cuba.

At Holy Child, global programs do not exist in a vacuum. Programs are designed to not only provide unique and enriching experiences for our students to learn, study and serve communities around the world, but also for them to come back to the classroom ready to share these experiences.

2016 - 2017 Trip Offerings

American History & Community Service, Washington, D.C.
Camp Cornelia, New York City
Casa Cornelia Law Center: Justice in the Law, California
Exchange Program: Holy Child School Killiney, Killiney, Ireland
Georgetown University Women in Leadership OWN IT Summit, Georgetown University
Reef Conservation, Florida Keys
Service Learning and Cultural Immersion, Cape Verde, Africa
Service Learning and Cultural Immersion, Peru
Quebec City Experience, Quebec, Canada