The Junior/Senior High School has been accepted as a member of the National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS). The organization is a resource for STEM schools in partnership with educational, corporate, and international organizations; it also provides professional development opportunities for teachers and learning experiences for students.
The group has more than 115 members, ranging from high-performing high schools to colleges, all with similar interests in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The member-review process looked at how well a school is preparing students to be leaders in global innovation “by engaging them in rigorous, relevant, and integrated learning experiences, with a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics focus and specialization that includes authentic research and/or project-based focus."
"We are very excited to join this national group and exchange ideas with other high schools and universities across the nation,” said Ben McMurray, principal of the Junior/Senior High School. “These connections will help us develop even better courses and programs and enrich the academic experiences of our students and faculty."
At the national level, NCSSS contributes to the development of policy decisions related to mathematics, science, and technology teaching and learning.
Admission to the group comes as the building is preparing for major renovations to its science labs and classrooms and creation of a Research Lab dedicated for student projects.