K-5 STEM at Boren
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics
For Elementary students at Boren School
Letter to STEM parents regarding Middle College
Introducing K-5 STEM at Boren School!
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.
These fields are key to students’ academic success. They are also the underpinnings of modern life, with many future career opportunities in a wide variety of exciting fields.
Starting in September 2012, Boren School in West Seattle will be reopened as a STEM Option School for grades K-5. Any interested student in Seattle who will be in grades K through 5 in September 2012 can apply to attend. Bus transportation will be available for students who live within West Seattle.
The new K-5 STEM at Boren will provide an engaging and challenging science- and technology-based learning environment for elementary age students. There will be support for students who are behind, extra challenge for those who are ready for more advanced work, and clear pathways to STEM opportunities in middle school and high school.
Because STEM at Boren will be an option program, it will be open to any student in Seattle who will be entering grades K through 5 in September 2012. Bus transportation will be provided within West Seattle. Families who wish to apply to K-5 STEM at Boren can do so during the district’s Open Enrollment process from February 27 through March 9, 2012. Enrollment forms will be available beginning February 27.
How can I learn more about K-5 STEM at Boren?
To learn more about STEM at Boren, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
To learn more about STEM issues in general, please visit Washington STEM.
A Yahoo Group has been established by members of the K-5 STEM at Boren community. Seattle Public Schools does not monitor the content of this site. It is intended for families and community members with an interest in K-5 STEM at Boren who would like to connect with one another.
Why study STEM?
STEM is engaging and interactive. The STEM fields are a natural fit for elementary age students who have incredible imagination and natural curiosity about the world and how it works.
STEM helps students succeed. Mastering STEM subjects in elementary school will give students the basic technological, scientific and mathematical literacy they will need to succeed in middle school, high school, and college.
STEM helps students prepare for the future. Washington State is increasingly becoming a high tech economy. Students who have the skills to become scientists, technology experts, engineers, and mathematicians will be prepared for the exciting economies and careers of the future.
Source: International Technology Education Association, “STEM: It’s Elementary Too!” Vol. 14, Number 1, September 2009.
What is STEM?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. These fields are key to students’ academic success. They are also the underpinnings of modern life, with many future career opportunities in a wide variety of exciting fields.
How will K-5 STEM at Boren work?
Starting in September 2012, Boren School will be reopened as an “option” elementary school, meaning that any Seattle student can attend. District bus transportation will be provided for students who live within West Seattle. There will be no entrance requirements, though students and their families will need to commit to take math and science courses every year.
K-5 STEM at Boren will open with grades K through 5 in September 2012. Any West Seattle student who will be in grades K through 5 in September is eligible to enroll.
Are there any requirements for enrolling in Boren STEM?
No! There are no prerequisites for admission into Boren’s new STEM program. Any interested student in Seattle who will be in grades K through 5 in September 2012 is encouraged to apply. All students need is a willingness to learn. (District bus transportation will be provided to students who live within West Seattle.)
Will STEM offer my child a well-rounded education?
Yes! Boren STEM will offer the full array of core courses and arts. Students at STEM will have access to a wide variety of courses.
When will the new STEM program be available?
The new STEM program at Boren School will open in September 2012 for grades K through 5
How and when can students apply to STEM at Boren?
Any Seattle student who will be in grades K through 5 in September 2012 can apply to the new STEM at Boren program. There are no entrance requirements. Students should apply during the district’s Open Enrollment process from February 27 through March 9, 2012. Enrollment forms will be available beginning February 27.
Will STEM partner with any local organizations?
Yes! Boren STEM will take full advantage of the great variety of science and technology organizations in the Pacific Northwest. Partners will help with project-based learning opportunities and internships, and will enrich and enhance program offerings.
How will teachers be prepared for STEM?
Teachers for the new Boren STEM will be science and math experts who are skilled at introducing young children to these subjects. All teachers will participate in special training during summer 2012 so that they are ready to help start our new school.