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Jan 14 – Jan 18
Grade 4 Campus STEM Presentations
STEM Parent/Student Information Night
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Barber Middle School
STEM Application Window Opens
STEM Applications Due (collected by campus counselors)
STEM Writing Assessment Window
Identification Completed/Scores Compiled
STEM Academy Acceptance Status Letters Mailed
STEM Participation Agreements Due
STEM Academy Welcome Night
The purpose of the STEM Academy is to increase student achievement by engaging students in innovative science, technology, engineering and math instruction.
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.
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:
Met the passing standard on the most recent STAAR assessments in Math, Science, and Reading.
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.
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.
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
Students may also re-apply to the STEM Academy/Waiting List in the spring of each year.
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.
Students are selected from the Applicant Pool for the initial grade 5 cohort during the spring semester preceding their 5th grade year.
the top students in grade 5 who have met minimum eligibility criteria will be accepted into the STEM Acdademy.
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 forfeiture of the STEM Academy Placement.
Student selection in May is contingent on applicants receiving passing scores on all current-year STAAR exams.
Students not selected from the Applicant Pool who have met minimum eligibility criteria will be placed on the STEM Academy Waiting List for their grade level.
Students will be moved off the Waiting List as openings occur in the summer and in the early fall.
Students will be moved from the Waiting List in order of their ranking.
No student will be moved into the STEM Academy from the Waiting List beyond the 3rd week of school.
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