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Dr. Leone Clark, Director of Advanced Academic Programs


Britta Carter, STEM Specialist

Krystal Trevino, STEM Specialist

The STEAM Academy
Our Mission
The purpose of the STEAM Academy is to increase student achievement by engaging students in innovative science, technology, engineering, arts, and math instruction. 
Our Vision
The STEAM Academy will provide a continuous pathway of education through opportunities that create STEAM-literate graduates ready to accept the challenges of advanced education beyond high school to meet the needs of future workforce. 
STEAM Academy Goals

Students in the STEAM Academy will:

  • Learn with their peers, in a school-within-a-school model.
  • Know how to gather information independently.
  • Gain a connection between school and career.
  • Conduct research and present findings.
  • Use Scientific Inquiry and Engineering Design Processes to guide their approach to problem solving.
  • Apply mathematical language and skills in authentic situations and tasks.
  • Communicate effectively in writing.
  • Self-assess and reflect on learning.
  • Participate in a variety of projects and competitions.
  • Develop a set of learning habits that will foster life-long learning.
  • Engage in community service.

In a move that will greatly benefit advanced STEAM students as they enter 8th grade and beyond, we are changing the high school science course being taught from Biology I to IPC (Integrated Physics and Chemistry). There are several reasons for this move and they all benefit our students. Among the reasons, we know that:

  • IPC is an excellent foundational course for future advanced science courses. Years ago, some districts eliminated it. The end result was a drop in AP scores for both chemistry and physics AP tests as there was a gap in the foundation for the courses. We predict greater success in future advanced courses with the addition of the IPC course for these students.
  • STEAM students will still receive a high school science credit in 8th grade as they always have.
  • Because students took the Biology EOC while in junior high, the state now requires them to take an ADDITIONAL high stakes science test while in high school. Returning Biology to be taken in 9th grade eliminates this additional testing requirement.
  • Arranging high school science classes to begin with IPC in 8th grade creates a better alignment between the science and math courses being taken. For example, this change allows IPC to be taken in conjunction with Algebra 1 in 8th grade and Chemistry to be taken in conjunction with Algebra 2 in 10th grade. These math courses provide a greater support for the math requirements found in IPC and Chemistry.

We look forward to this exciting change and the benefit it will bring our students.

KJHS Fall 22-23 STEAM Presentation
Middle Schools
Middle Schools 22-23 Fall Presentation

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