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.
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.
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.
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)