Vancouver Public Schools to open STEM school next fall; campuses will be in two locations
A new magnet school for students in grades six through twelve is being added to the range of choices in Vancouver Public Schools. The school will have a STEM focus, incorporating science, technology, engineering and math. The study of art and design principles will be integrated within the core curriculum. Students will participate in real-world learning experiences involving problem-solving and hands-on activities in a technology-rich, cutting-edge learning environment. The STEM magnet school will give students a seamless pathway into colleges. An early college program will provide students with the opportunity to earn up to one year of college-level credits while in high school.
The STEM magnet school is scheduled to open in Sept. 2012, contingent on the state budget situation. In the initial year, the school will serve a limited number of students in grades six, seven, nine and ten, although the ultimate goal is to serve all middle and high school students. During the start-up year, the school will operate at two sites. The preferred location of the high school program is Clark College at WSU Vancouver. Plans call for the middle school STEM program to be located at the Jim Parsley Community Learning Center. Transportation would be provided for all STEM students from their home schools.