Dept. of Education announces new STEM Certified schools
The Indiana Department of Education on Monday said 19 new schools throughout the state are now STEM certified. The certification program, established in 2015, recognizes schools committed to teaching science, technology, engineering and math disciplines beyond the classroom.
The 2023 cohort of STEM Certified schools includes what the IDOE said is the largest number of secondary schools to take part in the certification process.
The department also created a new designation called “Developing in STEM Certification,” which highlights emerging STEM programs and leaders at Indiana schools. The schools receiving the designation are establishing infrastructure for STEM education and will receive continued support from the IDOE as they work toward full certification.
“The schools we spotlight…have demonstrated a commitment to providing high-quality, engaging STEM experiences that not only support students in developing problem-solving skills, but also prepare them for careers in emerging industries,” Indiana Secretary of Education Dr. Katie Jenner said in a news release. “As careers in STEM fields continue to drive our state’s economy, our role is to ensure every Hoosier student has access to high-quality STEM curriculum needed to meet both current and future demands.”
The newly-named STEM Certified schools are:
- Ben Davis Ninth Grade Center, MSD of Wayne Township (Indianapolis)
- Beveridge Elementary School, Gary Community School Corp.
- Canaan Community Academy (Madison)
- Eastern High School, East Washington School Corp. (New Pekin)
- Edgewood Middle School, Warsaw Community Schools
- Glen Park Academy, Gary Community School Corp.
- Graham Creek Elementary, Jennings County School Corp. (North Vernon)
- Jasper High School, Greater Jasper Consolidated School Corp.
- Loogootee Middle School, Loogootee Community School Corp.
- Memorial Park Middle School, Fort Wayne Community Schools
- Mount Vernon High School, MSD of Mount Vernon
- Mount Vernon Junior High School, MSD of Mount Vernon
- South Ripley Junior High School, South Ripley Community Schools (Versailles)
- Union City Junior/Senior High School, Randolph Eastern Community School Corp.
- Washington High School, Washington Community Schools
- Weisser Park Elementary, Fort Wayne Community Schools
- Wes-Del Elementary School, Wes-Del Community School Corporation (Gaston)
- Wes-Del Middle/High School, Wes-Del Community School Corporation (Gaston)
The schools that have renewed STEM Certification for an additional five years are:
- Barker Middle School, Michigan City Area Schools
- Helfrich Park STEM Academy, Evansville Vanderburgh School Corp.
- Kennedy Academy, South Bend Community School Corp.
- Maconaquah Elementary School, Maconaquah School Corp. (Bunker Hill)
- The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship, Monroe County Community School Corp.
The newly-designation Developing in STEM Certification schools are:
- Cherry Tree Elementary School, Carmel Clay Schools
- Hammond Central High School, School City of Hammond
- Kingsford Heights Elementary School, LaPorte Community School Corp.
- Lynhurst Seventh and Eighth Grade Center, MSD of Wayne Township (Indianapolis)
- Milan High School, Milan Community Schools
- Morton Senior High School, School City of Hammond
- North Decatur Junior/Senior High School, Decatur County Community Schools
- Our Lady of Grace Catholic School (Noblesville)
You can view the complete list of Indiana STEM Certified schools by clicking here.