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STEM Education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that incorporates the application of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to real world problems utilizing problem-based learning. This approach engages and motivates students to learn, so that they will be prepared for the challenges and demands of a highly technological society.

STEM ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Students will be accepted into the program if they have a B average in science and mathematics classes during the last two years of elementary school. They must also write a 250-word essay as to why they would like to be in the program.

STEM MISSION STATEMENT

Highland View Academy prepares our students for college and beyond by offering a well-rounded STEM program that will educate and inspire our students to be technologically literate, innovative problem-solvers, logical thinkers, and sound in mind, body, and spirit, so that they may make a difference in this global society.

  • STEM learning develops important skills such as collaboration, communication, creativity, critical thinking, engineering design, and use of technology and digital media.
  • STEM learning engages and motivates students.
  • STEM prepares students for college.
  • STEM skills prepare students for the changing workforce and for the best-paying jobs.
  • STEM learning inspires students to be innovative problem solvers, so that they may make a difference in the global society.
  • STEM at HVA provides students with opportunities for internships, which gives them practical experience, possibility of summer employment and pathway to future employment
  • Laptop computer
  • STEM field trips
  • STEM-related community service and outreach opportunities
  • Special classes, such as project based learning, robotics, app development, and other planned classes
  • Special wifi privileges
  • Networking with STEM superstars

A high school STEM Certificate will be awarded to students who have completed the following requirements:

• Enrollment in a math and science class for each of their four years in academy
• One credit of Technology or Engineering electives, such as Robotics, App Development, Gaming, CAD and 3-D printing, an A+ computer certification, Introduction to Engineering, or any pre-approved and acceptable alternative from an accredited institution
• A STEM portfolio or summer or academic year internship at a university or STEM industry
• A drawing class of 0.5 credit
• One credit of Project-Based Learning
• 3.0 cumulative GPA in STEM classes
• Completion of core requirements for an honors college prep diploma
• Twenty hours of STEM-related community service credits (which will count towards highschool community service)

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