Richmond Public Schools’ Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Academies
Richmond Public Schools is excited to launch two STEM Academies in Fall 2020 that will be located Thomas Henderson Middle School and Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle School! The STEM Academies are designed to provide a comprehensive curriculum, emphasizing the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and technology focus areas. The STEM Academies are an integral part of nurturing a passion for learning in our schools as highlighted in the Dreams4RPS Strategic Plan.
STEM education in Richmond Public Schools empowers student ownership of content and process by using the knowledge and skills of science, technology, math, and engineering to collaboratively tackle locally relevant, real-world challenges. Interdisciplinary design of curriculum with meaningful integration of technology allows RPS students to recognize the value of education beyond the classroom. The classrooms and schools represent one link in a larger STEM ecosystem that includes local businesses, universities, hospitals, municipalities, libraries, museums, after-school providers, and other interested stakeholders who will work to cultivate opportunities for students. Invoking the 5 C’s (critical thinking, creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and citizenship skills) and the competencies outlined in the Virginia Profile of a Graduate, the RPS STEM program is designed to nurture the curiosity and passion for learning within each student and prepare them for the 21st century skills necessary for life beyond high school graduation.
All rising 6th grade students zoned for Henderson Middle School will be admitted into the program. Open Enrollment for the STEM Academy at Henderson Middle School is available to all interested rising 6th grade out of zone students.
Rising 6th grade students zoned for Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School are eligible to participate in the STEM Academy through the Open Enrollment process. One hundred students will be selected for the inaugural year.