About Us



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Mission Statement

Rigorous, Relevant, Real World Education Where Character is Key.

Priorities

Our first priority is student achievement and:

  • a true partnership including parents, students, staff, the Board of Education, and community resources;

  • a well-equipped, qualified staff that puts students first, exhibits strong leadership, a passion for learning, and a commitment to success for every student;

  • a curriculum based on research and best practices that allows students to demonstrate knowledge through a variety of activities; and

  • exceptional facilities providing safe and developmentally appropriate environments that allow for short and long-term growth.


History

The STEM School opened its doors on August 15, 2011 with 435 students in grades 6 – 9 at our current facility. In 2012-13, another grade was added and enrollment grew to over 600 students.  As the public demand grew, new classrooms and staff were added. On April 21st, 2014, a middle school was added and in August 2016, STEM added an elementary school and officially became a K-12 school. 


STEM Formula for Character

STEM School expects all students, parents, faculty and staff to abide by the STEM Formula for Character: Respect, Responsibility, Honesty and Integrity. Failure to abide by the STEM Formula for Character may or may not result in disciplinary action.


About STEM High School

STEM High is a small charter school serving grades 9-12. STEM High provides a rigorous academic standard, with an infusion of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) in all subject areas. We believe that all students have infinite potential and that when we expect more, we will get more. We ensure that all students fully master the basic skills in reading, writing, communication, math and critical thinking. Students are also taught career navigation skills, business ethics with character education, personal responsibility, teamwork and problem solving with creativity.


Students may participate in internship programs at one of the many high tech corporations in the South Metro area. Colorado’s high-tech companies will participate directly so that theory becomes profitable, applied science.


STEM also offered enrichment classes for grades 6-12 home school students. Students will receive 180 hours per year of engaged STEM instruction, from Colorado licensed or highly qualified instructors, in state-of-the-art labs and high tech classrooms.


About STEM Middle School

At STEM Middle School we focus on a rigorous education that incorporates essential middle level skills and character development.  STEM utilizes problem based learning to increase student engagement in real world problems and develop 21st century skills.  Our middle level teachers are experts in teaching appropriate use of technology, collaboration, teamwork and organization.  We also work tirelessly to nurture and develop integrity, respect, responsibility and honesty within our students.  We pride ourselves in offering an exceptionally engaging education while encouraging well rounded student development.


About STEM Elementary School

At the STEM Elementary School we focus on providing a rigorous and relevant core education that integrates essential STEM skills and concepts within literacy, mathematics, social studies and science. Problem based learning and 21st century skills are embedded through the use of technology, critical thinking, and collaboration to engage students in authentic and real world issues. All elementary students will participate in specials classes that include art, music, physical education, technology, engineering, Chinese, and an integrated STEM course. Character development is key as we nurture and develop responsible and respectful elementary students.


About STEM Academy

The STEM School contracts with STEM Academy to run its extra-curricular activities and most after school programs. STEM Academy is a privately funded separate non-profit arm of the STEM Campus that will manage the Expanded Learning Time (ELT) classes, activities and the Research Laboratories. While the traditional public schools limit the educational opportunities during regular school hours, STEM offers fee-based expanded learning opportunities for students through the STEM Academy. Expanding the school day provides an opportunity to reinforce the relevance of the subjects students are studying and keeps them engaged and in school. Industry professionals, working alongside certified instructors provide credited Activity-based, Project-based and Problem-based Learning (APPB) for dual enrollment credit, career specific classes, STEM Career and Technical Education (CTE) certification classes and STEM Homeschool Enrichment Classes.


About Charter Schools

The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools describes charter schools as independent public schools allowed freedom to be more innovative, while being held accountable for improved student achievement. They foster a partnership between parents, teachers and students to create an environment in which parents can be more involved, teachers are given the freedom to innovate and students are provided the structure they need to learn, with all three held accountable for improved student achievement.  Public charter schools are intended to improve our nation’s public school system. They are public schools because, while they operate independently of the school district, they are:

  • Tuition-free and open to every student who wishes to enroll,

  • Non-sectarian, and do not discriminate on any basis,

  • Publicly funded by local, state and federal tax dollars based on enrollment, like other public schools, and

  • Held accountable to state and federal academic standards. 


  • Charter school programs can be uniquely tailored to each community it serves. 

  • All budget and personnel decisions are made at the school level. 

  • Charter schools have a multi-tiered accountability system that includes parents, authorizers, the state, and lenders. 

  • Charter schools thrive with an active community of parents. 

  • Teachers at charter schools are not unionized. 


  • There are more than 5,000 charter schools nationwide with more than 1.6 million children. 

  • The Charter Schools Act was passed in 1993, in Colorado. 

  • There are more than 160 charter schools in Colorado educating more than 66,000 children (8.2 percent of total K-12 enrollment).

  • There are approximately 40,000 students on charter school wait lists statewide. 

  • There are ten charter schools in Douglas County.