George Washington Carver STEM (K-8)
Hands-on science has always been important at the school; the preschool room has a touch-screen smart board, and middle school students use college-level computer-aided-design software. The school also has long focused on an applied science curriculum that only during the last few years has been generally popularized as STEM education.Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) based curriculums place a heavy emphasis on the understanding and application of technical knowledge. STEM education is meant to prepare students for life beyond the classroom by training them to understand and solve practical problems, thereby improving their competitiveness in the global job market.
As part of its focus on STEM learning, George Washington Carver schedules its middle school classes into 90-minute blocks to assist the learning process.
The reason we do it that way is we really want the kids to have time to do projects. By dedicating time to applied learning, school officials hope to provide students the tools they need to think for themselves.
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Academics (Special Programs)
Problem Based Learning’s focus is on a real life problem within the community, state, country, and possibly internationally. Students in grades Pre-K – 8 focus on Inquiry Based Learning across the core subjects of ELA, Math, Science, and Social Studies. They will participate in the STEM Fair in May of each year. Grades 3-8 participate in Problem Base Learning and the annual STEM Fair. Teams of teachers develop a problem, using a trans-disciplinary approach to develop a curriculum map, and lesson plans. The student must bring to the situation his/her own strengths and talents and put them to use. The school will allow students to take intellectual risks and prepare them to become inventive, creative problem-solvers for the 21st Century.
Investment School Information
Corrective Action Plan (4/29/15)
Year Built: 2011