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Overview


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Mission Statement

Rigorous, 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 of 8773 S Ridgeline Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. In 2012-13, enrollment grew at STEM as another grade was added to the program and the student population reached over 600 students.  As the program grew, it quickly became apparent the school needed more classrooms.  New classrooms were added and additional staff was added to accommodate the needs of the students. On April 21st, 2014, the STEM High School officially opened creating a defined space between the Middle and High School. In August 2015, STEM increased its capacity to include an elementary school, beginning first with grade 5.  Starting in August 2016, STEM officially became a K-12 school with the addition of Kindergarten through 5th Grade.


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 with an expected enrollment of 600 to 700 students at capacity, grades 9-12, designed to provide a rigorous core education during the regular school day with a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math curriculum focus. STEM High is working towards setting a higher, more rigorous academic standard and believes that when we expect more, we will get more. The first task of the school will be to ensure that students more fully master the basic skills in reading, writing, communication, math and critical thinking as the tools to success in later learning, life and work. Students will be 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 School will offer STEM enrichment classes for 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 the STEM Middle School we focus on a rigorous education that incorporates essential middle level skill 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

STEM School will have access to the services of STEM Academy. STEM School will contract 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 and activities and the Research Laboratories. While the traditional public schools limit the educational opportunities during regular school hours, STEM High will offer fee-based expanded learning time 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 to keep them engaged and in school. Industry professionals, working alongside certified instructors will 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 Benefits

  • 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. 


Charter School Facts

  • 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.

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