Science - Technology - Engineering - Mathematics
What is the STEM Academy?
The STEM Academy is a highly specialized program within the ATM small learning community open to a limited number of new students a year. The qualifications for STEM are higher and the course load is more rigorous than the traditional ATM program. Students must follow the course matrix closely, taking four years of English, math, science and engineering classes. Those students applying should have substantial knowledge and experience with technology and strong math skills, ready to begin high school at least at the geometry level.
As the United States continues to look for its future engineers, problem solvers, and great thinkers, the STEM Academy has been designed to answer that call. At the center of the program are its core accelerated, technology courses. These courses are a carefully developed and sequenced progression of engineering courses called Project Lead the Way (PLTW). PLTW is a nationally recognized program catered to the student who already knows they want to pursue engineering careers or institutions after high school. The courses are extremely hands-on and require a great deal of math. Successful completion of the STEM Academy allows students the greatest opportunity to compete for the jobs of the future.
Follow this link to learn more about PLTW: http://www.pltwcalifornia.org/