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    Enroll your Student at STEM for the 2021-2022 School Year
    Posted on 01/11/2021
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    STEM K-8 Virtual Tours

    STEM K-8 Enrollment Video:

    Elementary school information

    School tour

    Join on your computer or mobile app

    Jan 21: 9 - 10 a.m. STEM K-8 Elementary Tour     

    Or call in (audio only)

    +1 206-800-4125,,317513772#   United States, Seattle

    Phone Conference ID: 317 513 772#

    Open house:

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    Jan 28: 6 - 7 p.m. STEM K-8. Elementary Open House (Includes Teachers) 

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    +1 206-800-4125,,805082460#   United States, Seattle

    Phone Conference ID: 805 082 460#

    Middle School Information

    School Tour

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    Jan 28: 9 - 10 a.m. STEM K-8. Middle School Tour 

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    +1 206-800-4125,,347525951#   United States, Seattle

    Phone Conference ID: 347 525 951#

    Open House

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    Feb 4: 6 - 7 p.m. STEM K-8. Middle School Open House (Includes Teachers) 

    Or call in (audio only)

    +1 206-800-4125,,215750325#   United States, Seattle

    Phone Conference ID: 215 750 325#

    SPS Open Enrollment timeline:

    • Online registration for new students for 2021-22 school year begins: Jan. 4, 2021
    • Open Enrollment for School Choice: Feb. 1 - 26, 2021
    • Open Enrollment results available online in April
    • School Choice Window Closes: May 31, 2020

    STEM Middle School Information

    Louisa Boren STEM K-8 provides West Seattle a STEM Middle School option! Our community built an innovative and inspiring PK-8 school with a powerful vision, a strong community, and STEM programs.

    You can read all about our school below or view our brochure for more information on what makes our school great with additional resources to help you decide.

    In its sixth year, STEM K-8’s Middle School continues to grow and evolve.   That’s what the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) are all about!  Scientific and Engineering Practice #1:  Asking questions and defining problems.  Practice #6:  Constructing explanations and designing solutions. Disclosure: This is a learning adventure!  Although aligned to standards, answers are subject to change! 

    Howeverit’s not just a Middle School. Louisa Boren STEM K-8 is a pre-Kindergarten through 8th grade STEM program. Our school community viewed growing a middle school as an opportunity to develop the STEM K-8 vision at all grade levels.  Important components include an emphasis on STEM curriculum, Project-based learning (PBL) and Positive Discipline.

    Program Information and Highlights:

    Science:  Middle School curriculum is tied to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).  These standards, developed by educators, scientists and business leaders represent the latest thinking regarding innovative science education.  In addition to content goals the NGSS outlines scientific practices and crosscutting concepts. Engineering practices are integrated with PBL and Science in a two-hour STEM block.  6th graders work with Seattle Public Schools new adopted Amplify science curriculum, and 7th and 8th graders experience science in cross credited CTE courses.

    Career and Technical Education (CTE): 7th and 8th graders have access to Introduction to Technology, a CTE program that engages students in real-world design and engineering problems. Students will investigate power generation and distribution systems, electro-mechanical systems, the use of water and air as a heat transfer medium (hydronics), industrial process controls (mechanical and digital), and basic model fabrication and construction techniques. Students will apply industrial mathematics to problems in physics, electricity, building design (i.e. R-Values as they relate to thermal transfer) and energy conservation.

    Math: STEM K-8 provides one primary sequence of middle school math classes.  To complete Algebra 1 by the end of 8th grade, students follow the “Accelerated Traditional Pathway for the Common Core.”  This pathway compacts math curriculum. Students learn 7th grade and portions of 8th grade standards in 7th grade, and the remaining 8th grade standards and Algebra 1 in 8th grade. 

    A compacted math pathway entails a fast pace and high level of academic rigor. It also requires a strong commitment from students and families.  We are prioritizing preparation for advanced math, and students needing math support may have additional homework, be assigned extra math classes, and need other support. Choosing STEM K-8 as an option school is also making a significant math commitment.

    Technology:  Students at STEM K-8 are steeped in 21st Century Learning Skills. They use technology tools to support creative thinking, collaborative work, and innovative problem solving.  Our middle school curriculum incorporates technology integration.  Long before remote learning began, a 1:1 device program transformed the way our middle school students work with content, learning tasks, one another, and their teachers.

    Project Based Learning (PBL): PBL is a dynamic teaching method in which students explore real world problems and challenges. PBL experiences are based on inquiry and rigorous standards, integrate curriculum, and produce public displays of collaborative work.  Students must communicate their learning to others.  With active and engaged learning, students are inspired to obtain a deeper knowledge of the subjects they study.

    Electives, Sports, and Enrichment:

    Electives: Band, PE, Visual Arts, Poetry, Technology, Choir, Maker Space, Music Creation, and more. 

    Sports: Ultimate Frisbee, Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer.

    Enrichment: Technology Student Association (TSA),Amelia’s Aerospace Club, Robotics, Student Council, Coding, Art, Music, and more.

    Enrollment: Students currently enrolled at STEM have an enrollment preference for our middle school program. Increased class size at middle school provides additional middle school enrollment slots.  New students are assigned according to the assignment policies for option schools. K-8 students throughout the West Seattle Region are eligible for transportation subject to existing guidelines.

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