Interdisciplinary Studies

The Interdisciplinary Studies Department supports Madeira’s mission to launch women who change the world by providing opportunities for students to develop the knowledge and skills to help them navigate and take charge of their lives in high school and beyond.

Interdisciplinary Studies classes are designed around Madeira's community values: awareness of self and others, compassion, creativity, intellectual curiosity, integrity, and resilience. The classes provide opportunities for student to discover and develop their individual and collective identities, learn how to make healthy choices and care for themselves and others, strengthen their ability to communicate effectively and advocate for themselves and others, increase their awareness and understanding of cultural and societal issues, and build their critical thinking and analytical skills. The classes are focused on inquiry-based learning. 

STEAM classes teach students the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to engage in an iterative process of designing and making through a variety of creative, collaborative and practical activities.  These courses include concepts and/or processes used in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics.   



Must complete Student Life and STEAM Fundamentals courses, one additional student life credit, one coding credit.

Interdisciplinary Studies Faculty

Interdisciplinary Curriculum is taught by faculty and staff members from various departments, giving students the opportunity to learn from a variety of community members not usually found in the classroom. These faculty and staff members bring their unique, professional perspectives to the Interdisciplinary Curriculum.