Contact Information:

Julie Abram, Director of Advanced Academic Programs

jabram@dickinsonisd.org
281-229-6034

STEM Summer Camps


Barber Middle School

5651 FM 517 E
Dickinson, TX  77539

 

Eugene Kranz Junior High School

12850 FM 3436
Dickinson, TX  77539

  • Date/Due Date

    Event

    August 5, 2019

    STEM Applications Accepted (Students New to DISD ONLY)

    August 16, 2019 STEM Application Deadline (Students New to DISD ONLY)

    August 23, 2019

    STEM Acceptance/Wait-list Notification (Students New to DISD ONLY)

STEM Mission

The purpose of the STEM Academy is to increase student achievement by engaging students in innovative science, technology, engineering and math instruction. 

STEM Vision

The STEM Academy will provide a continuous pathway of education through opportunities that create STEM-literate graduates ready to accept the challenges of advanced education beyond high school to meet the needs of future workforce. 

Instructional Focus

  • Math:  an emphasis on problem solving and critical thinking as related to real world situations 
  • History:  study historical research, documents, and artifacts to learn about cultures of the past
  • English:  connect reading and writing to authentic real world applications through essays, collaborative discussions, and a variety of literary genres. 

Learning Focus

  • Project based learning
  • Team teaching and collaboration
  • Connections across the disciplines to deepen understanding
  • Appropriate use of technology to support and increase student learning
  • Parent involvement
  • Community partnerships
  • Field trips to enhance curriculum and career paths
  • Career paths explored for High School and College aptitude

The STEM Academy is open to all students who demonstrate they have the skills necessary to be successful in the program.  To be considered as a candidate for the STEM Academy, students must meet the minimum eligibility requirements:

  • Currently enrolled in DISD at time of application.
  • Met or exceeded the passing standard on each of the most recent STAAR assessments.
  • Currently enrolled in the highest academic core courses offered at that grade level (i.e. advanced, honors, Pre-AP, etc.) for math, science, English language arts, and social studies.
  • Recent semester average of 85 (B) or better in Math, Science, Reading, and Social Studies
  • Attendance rate of 97% or better for the current school year (unexcused absences)
  • Discipline record that reflects no out-of-school suspensions, no DAEP placement, and no more than 3 days of ISS placement.
  • Must meet criteria on a STEM Entrance Exam in grades 7-8.
  • Two favorable teacher recommendations from the current year from Math and Science.If the math and science teacher are one in the same, the second recommendation should come from the Reading or ELA teacher.

STEM Academy Application Procedures

Applications

  • All students must meet minimum eligibility criteria for applications to be considered.
  • STEM Academy applications are accepted for all DISD students in the spring semester for placement the following school year for all DISD students.
  • Applications are also accepted prior to the start of school in the fall for students new to DISD only.
  • Students may also re-apply to the STEM Academy/Waiting List in the spring of each year.

Assessment and Scoring

  • Applicants who meet minimum eligibility criteria will sit for a writing assessment administered on campus.
  • Writing samples are scored with a pre-established rubric and are scored by at least two (2) raters.
  • If the two (2) raters are not in score agreement, a third rater will review the writing samples and provide a confirmation score.
  • Data points from the writing assessment as well as other student data markers are collected and Quality Points are assigned and totaled.
  • All students’ scores are then ranked from highest total to lowest total, creating the Applicant Pool and/or Waiting List.

Student Selection—Initial Grade 5 Cohort

  • Students are selected from the Applicant Pool for the initial grade 5 cohort during the spring semester preceding their 5th grade year.
  • The highest ranked students in grade 5 who have met minimum eligibility criteria will be accepted into the STEM Academy.
  • Once selected, parents and students must sign and submit the STEM Academy Contract to accept the STEM Academy placement for their students
  • Failure to submit the Parent Consent for Participation form by the assigned due date will result in a forfeiture of the STEM Academy Placement.
  • Student selection in May is contingent on passing all current-year STAAR exams.

Student Selection—The Waiting List

  • Students in grade 5 who were not selected into the initial grade 5 cohort who have met minimum eligibility criteria will be placed on the STEM Academy Waiting List for grade 5.
  • Students in grades 6-8 may apply each year to be added to the waiting list for their grade level.
  • Students new to DISD may also apply during back-to-school registration to be added to the waiting list for their grade level.
  • All students who apply for the waiting list for their grade level who meet minimum eligibility requirements will be scored in accordance with “Assessment and Scoring” guidelines above.
  • Once added to the waiting list, students in grades 5-8 will be moved off the Waiting List as openings occur in the summer and in the early fall.
  • Students in all grades will be moved from the Waiting List in order of their ranking as openings occur.
  • No student will be moved into the STEM Academy from the Waiting List beyond the 3rd week of school.

Applications for the 2019-2020 STEM Academy for students new to DISD are being accepted beginning August 5, 2019.  Completed applications must be submitted online by 4:00 p.m. on August 15, 2019.  Students must meet minimum eligibility requirements to be considered and must be currently enrolled in DISD for the 2019-2020 school year.

A link to the application can be found here: 

2019-2020 STEM Academy Application for New DISD Students

 

A paper copy of the STEM Academy Application is also available in the Educational Services Department at the Educational Support Center, 2218 East FM 517, Dickinson, TX  77539. 

Students new to Dickinson ISD will have an opportunity to apply to the Waiting List for the STEM Academy during the open registration period in August.  A copy of the STEM Academy application will be included with the back-to-school information packets.  Students new to DISD who are interested in applying to The Academy must be aware of the following:

  • The application window for new students is August 5 - 16, 2019.
  • All students who apply for the waiting list for their grade level who meet minimum eligibility requirements will be scored in accordance with “Assessment and Scoring” guidelines.
  • Once added to the waiting list, new students in grades 5-8 will be moved off the Waiting List as openings occur in the early fall.
  • Students in all grades will be moved from the Waiting List in order of their ranking as openings occur.
  • No student will be moved into the STEM Academy from the Waiting List beyond the 3rd week of school
The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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