Contact Information:

Julie Abram, Director of Advanced Academic Programs

jabram@dickinsonisd.org
281-229-6034

Barber Middle School

5651 FM 517 E
Dickinson, TX  77539

 

Eugene Kranz Junior High School

12850 FM 3436
Dickinson, TX  77539

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.  Students must apply for acceptance to the STEM Academy to attend.  Selection is based on the following criteria:

  • A STEM applicant:

    • Must have met the passing standard on the most recent STAAR assessment in Math, Science, and Reading

    • Must have a recent semester average of 85 (B) or better in Math, Science, Reading, and Social Studies

    • Must have an attendance rate of 97% or better for the current school year

    • Must have a discipline record that reflects no out-of-school suspensions

    • Must have two teacher recommendations from the current year from the content areas of Math and Science (if the math and science teacher are one in the same, the second recommendation should come from the Reading teacher)

5th Grade STEM Academy 2018-2019

Currently no openings

 

 

6th Grade STEM Academy 2018-2019

Currently no openings

 

 

7th Grade STEM Academy 2018-2019

4 Openings.  Applications being accepted until November 9, 2018.

5th Grade STEM Academy Application Process

  1. Applications must be received by the student’s campus by thedue date of February 21, 2018
  2. Students who meet the initial criteria must complete the writing response section of the application (completed during the school day)
  3. Students earn quality points in the following areas:
    1. Math, Science, Reading, and Social Studies semester averages (more quality points are given for higher semester averages)
    2. Math and Reading STAAR (more quality points are given for higher passing scores)
    3. Conduct (cannot have any out-of-school suspensions and more quality points are given for fewer referrals)
    4. Attendance (more quality points are given for fewer days absent)
    5. Writing response score (a maximum of 20 points given based on quality of response)
    6. Two Teacher Recommendations
  4. Students’ points are totaled for one composite score
  5. Scores are ranked from greatest total to lowest total
  6. The top 110 students who have met all criteria will be offered acceptance into the STEM Academy
  7. As openings occur, the next ranking student will be offered acceptance into the STEM Academy as long as the student continues to meet the minimum requirements above

Application Process for 6th Grade STEM Openings

Students who are currently in the 5th and 6th Grade STEM Academy move to the next grade level as a cohort group.  Occasionally, an opening in the STEM Academy in the next grade level may occur due to a student moving to another district/state or other unforeseen circumstances.  Any openings in the 6th Grade STEM Academy will be posted on the district web-site.  When this situation occurs, the following procedures are followed:

Before applying for the STEM Academy, Please be aware:

Students currently in the STEM Academy receive accelerated math and science instruction at a faster pace with more content covered than in other grade level classes.  A student applying for the 6th grade STEM Academy must be currently enrolled in advanced classes.  


  1. Parents may download the application above, complete the application, and submit to the campus couselor

  2. A student may apply for the 6th Grade STEM Academy if he/she meets minimum criteria which follows:
      1. Passed all of the most recent STAAR tests
      2. Has a semester average of 85% or better in all content areas
      3. Has an S or better in conduct - discipline record does not reflect out-of-school suspensions or DAEP placement
      4. Has an attendance rate of 97% or better

    1. Minimum requirements must be met in order for an application to be considered

    2. All applicants meeting minimum requirements will receive quality points based on the degree to which the student’s scores have surpassed the minimum requirements in the following areas:
      1. Core content courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, and Science)
      2. STAAR tests
      3. Discipline
      4. Attendance
      5. Writing response

    3. Quality points are totaled and students are ranked from highest total points to lowest total points.The student/s with the highest quality points will be admitted into the STEM Academy.The number of students admitted into the STEM Academy will be dependent on the number of current openings.

    Application Process for 7th Grade STEM Openings

    Students who are currently in the 5th and 6th Grade STEM Academy move to the next grade level as a cohort group.  Occasionally, an opening in the STEM Academy in the next grade level may occur due to a student moving to another district/state or other unforeseen circumstances.  Any openings in the 7th Grade STEM Academy will be posted on the district web-site.  When this situation occurs, the following procedures are followed:

    Before applying for the STEM Academy, Please be aware:

    Students currently in the STEM Academy receive accelerated math and science instruction at a faster pace with more content covered than in other grade level classes.  A student applying for the 7th grade STEM Academy must be currently enrolled in advanced or Pre-AP classes.  


    1. Parents may download the application above, complete the application, and submit to the campus counselor

    2. A student may apply for the 7th Grade STEM Academy if he/she meets minimum criteria which follows: 
        1. Passed all of the most recent STAAR tests
        2. Has a semester average and 1 NW of 85% or better in all core content areas
        3. Has an S or better in conduct - discipline record does not reflect out-of-school suspensions or DAEP placement
        4. Has an attendance rate of 97% or better

      1. Minimum requirements must be met in order for an application to be considered

      2. All applicants meeting minimum requirements will receive quality points based on the degree to which the student’s scores have surpassed the minimum requirements in the following areas: 
        1. Core content courses (Math, Science, Social Studies, and Science)
        2. STAAR tests
        3. Discipline
        4. Attendance
        5. Writing response

      3. Quality points are totaled and students are ranked from highest total points to lowest total points.The student/s with the highest quality points will be admitted into the STEM Academy.The number of students admitted into the STEM Academy will be dependent on the number of current openings.

      4. No students will be placed into the STEM Academy after the 2nd NW of the semester.
      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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