Grades 6-12; Boarding 8-12


Applied Science Certificate Program

Students working in the Makerspace

The Pennington School's Applied Science Certificate Program is a two-year course of study to which all Pennington sophomores in good academic standing are eligible to apply. Students apply for the program in the winter of their sophomore year for participation during their junior and senior years. The Certificate in Applied Science is awarded to graduating seniors at Commencement in June.

How to apply to the Applied Science program

Download the fillable PDF by clicking on the button below. Once you have filled out your application, you must email it to Mrs. Wirsig for review. Students must also notify their advisors that they have applied to the program so that they can assist with appropriate course selections in the spring. 


This multidisciplinary program offers you a new way to acquire important STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) skills.

Graduates earning a Certificate in Applied Science at Pennington will have the confidence, disciplinary knowledge, programming skills, and engineering problem-solving ability to design creative and practical solutions to real world problems.

The Applied Science Certificate Program at Pennington will give students unique opportunities to grow their STEM skills and knowledge, and discover new passions and explore areas of interests that are not available in the general program. Students will make interdisciplinary connections between STEM and our world. By participating in STEM experiences, interacting with leaders in industry, and doing hands-on work, students will have creative learning experiences that will enrich their perceptions and offer important insight into how it is possible to make a difference in a world of constant change.

Requirements of the program

Junior-Year Requirements

  • Applied Science Elective*: choose either Design Engineering or Software Engineering or AP Computer Science
  • STEM Club participation (one club per year)
  • STEM speaker participation (attend eight STEM speakers over two years)
  • Outside-of-school STEM experience (approved experiences include summer college-hosted STEM programs, Spring Break travel to complete a STEM project, and weekly volunteer sessions in a STEM environment). Multiple experiences are possible but must add up to an equivalent of five (5) days.
  • STEM course work (must have three math, three science, and a ½ credit in technology for graduation)


*AP Computer Science also meets this requirement.

Senior-Year Requirements

  • STEM Club participation (one club per year)
  • STEM placement for Horizon program
  • STEM speaker participation (attend eight STEM speakers over two years)