S.T.E.M. Academy Course Sequence
The S.T.E.M. Academy offers a four-year program of interdisciplinary studies for academically motivated students interested in pursuing careers in mathematics, engineering, or the sciences. Working with specialists who promote creativity and infusion of the arts, students receive an accelerated preparation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program includes courses that have a collaborative, problem-based and inquiry approach to the learning process that cultivates critical thinking skills and 21st Century skills that will ensure success in post-secondary education as well as S.T.E.M. career paths.
The S.T.E.M. Academy is divided into two phases:
- Two years of interdisciplinary education requirements during freshman and sophomore year
- Two years of advanced programming aligned with S.T.E.M. college programming during junior and senior year
To achieve its goals, Kingsway’s S.T.E.M. Academy includes the following:
- A course sequence based on research of collegiate S.T.E.M. programs
- Instruction that is student-centered and focused on real-world connections that require critical and creative thinking as well as collaborative problem solving; an emphasis is placed on project-based learning to engage students through application
- A cohort model to support collaboration and interpersonal relationships among and between students and faculty; BLA cohorts may be mixed STEM Academy students as well to promote inter-academy relationships and concepts
- A steering committee composed of District and school-level administrators as well as teachers, counselors, parents, and business professionals.
All courses within Kingsway’s S.T.E.M. Academy aim to:
- Provide a strong knowledgebase related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics
- Develop an understanding of STEM principals and their application to real-world scenarios
- Cultivate leadership skills and interdependence between and among classmates
- Advance 21st century skills that support problem-solving and critical thinking
- Build school and community partnerships
Students may apply for acceptance into the program at the end of their 8th grade year. Prior academic achievement, standardized testing data, and teacher input will be significant components in the selection process.