Application Process

2020-2021 Academy Applications are now closed!

All applicants will be notified no later than Friday, May 22, 2020.

All academy applications are now closed


Application Process

Students interested in Academies should meet with their guidance counselor to find out more information. Additional information can be found by clicking the links to the left.

APPLICATION: The STEM team welcomes all interested students to apply. Applicants shall complete the online application with a parent/guardian. Applications will require a brief essay describing the applicant's interest in STEM studies and a recommendation from the applicant's current math or science teacher. Students currently enrolled in STEM 5 and STEM 8 do not require a teacher recommendation. 

Students currently enrolled in STEM 5 will need to REAPPLY for admission to STEM 6 at SRMS. A teacher recommendation is not required for students currently enrolled in STEM 5. 

Students currently enrolled in STEM 8 will need to REAPPLY for admission to STEM 9 at GMHS. A teacher recommendation is not required for students currently enrolled in STEM 8. 

Students currently enrolled in STEM 4, STEM 6, STEM 7, STEM 9, STEM 10 and STEM 11 DO NOT need to reapply.

 

STEM Application Criteria

STEM 4 Application Criteria:

Applicants are awarded an overall matrix score based upon the following criteria*: 

  • Naglieri NNAT-3 Index
  • ELA 03 Quarter 3 Standards-Based Assessment: Reading Comprehension
  • ELA 03 Quarter 3 Standards-Based Assessment: PCR
  • Math 03 Unit 2 Assessment: Introduction to Multiplication
  • Math 03 Unit 3 Assessment: Multi-Digit Addition & Subtraction
  • Math 03 Unit 5 Assessment: Multiplication, Division, & Area
  • Math 03 Number Corner Checkup #2 

In the event of a tie matrix score, the team will consider the student essay, standards-based reporting, other assessment data, teacher and parent recommendations, extra-curricular interests, attendance, and career interests. 

STEM 5 Application Criteria:

Applicants are awarded an overall matrix score based upon the following criteria*:

  • ELA 04 Quarter 3 Standards-Based Assessment: Reading Comprehension
  • ELA 04 Quarter 3 Standards-Based Assessment: PCR
  • Math 04 Unit 2 Assessment: Multi-Digit Multiplication & Early Division
  • Math 04 Unit 3 Assessment: Fractions & Decimals
  • Math 04 Number Corner Assessment #2
  • Grade 03 PARCC Mathematics
  • Grade 03 PARCC English Language Arts

In the event of a tie matrix score, the team will consider the student essay, overall GPA, other assessment data, teacher and parent recommendations, extra-curricular interests, attendance, and career interests. 

STEM 6 Application Criteria:

Applicants are awarded an overall matrix score based upon the following criteria*:

  • ELA 05 Reading Benchmark (April Administration)
  • Math 05 Unit 3 Assessment: Place Value and Decimals
  • Math 05 Unit 2 Assessment: Adding and Subtracting Fractions
  • Math 05  Unit 5 Post Assessment
  • Math 05  Number Corner Check-up 2
  • Grade 04 PARCC  English Language Arts
  • Grade 04 PARCC Mathematic
  • Mathematics Grades Quarters 1, 2, 3**
  • Science Grades Quarters 1, 2, 3**

In the event of a tie matrix score, the team will consider the student essay, overall GPA, other assessment data, teacher and parent recommendations, extra-curricular interests, attendance, and career interests. 

STEM 7 Application Criteria:

Applicants are awarded an overall matrix score based upon the following criteria*:

  • Science 06 Quarter 1 Performance-Based Assessment
  • ELA 06 Mid-Course Assessment
  • Math 06 Mid-course (Accelerated OR Common Core)
  • Grade 05 PARCC ELA 
  • Grade 05 PARCC Mathematics 
  • Science Grades Quarter 1, 2, 3**
  • Mathematics Grades Quarter 1, 2, 3**

In the event of a tie matrix score, the team will consider the student essay, overall GPA, enrollment in Accelerated coursework, other assessment data, teacher and parent recommendations, extra-curricular interests, attendance, and career interests. 

STEM 8 Application Criteria:

Applicants are awarded an overall matrix score based upon the following criteria*: 

  • Science 07 Quarter 2 Performance-Based Assessment
  • ELA 07 Mid-Course Assessment
  • Math 07 Mid-course (Accelerated OR Common Core)
  • Grade 06 PARCC ELA
  • Grade 06 PARCC Mathematics 
  • Science Grades Quarter 1, 2, 3
  • Mathematics Grades Quarter 1, 2, 3

In the event of a tie matrix score, the team will consider the student essay, overall GPA, enrollment in Accelerated coursework, other assessment data, teacher and parent recommendations, extra-curricular interests, attendance, and career interests. 

STEM 9 Application Criteria:

Applicants are awarded an overall matrix score based upon the following criteria*: 

  • ELA 08 Performance-Based Assessment
  • ELA 08 Mid-Course Assessment
  • Math 08 Mid-Course Assessment (Geometry OR Algebra 1)
  • Grade 07 PARCC ELA
  • Grade 07 PARCC Mathematics OR Algebra 1
  • Science Grades Quarter 1, 2, 3***
  • Mathematics Grades (Algebra OR Geometry) Quarter 1, 2, 3***

In the event of a tie matrix score, the team will consider the student essay, overall GPA, enrollment in Accelerated coursework, other assessment data, teacher and parent recommendations, extra-curricular interests, attendance, and career interests. 

 

*Each of these data points is available on HAC. Click on GRADES, then on the TEST SCORES tab. 

**For students in STEM 5 applying to STEM 6, the mathematics and science grades will be awarded weighted scores. For example, an A normally equates to 4 points on a GPA scale. For a STEM 5 student, the A in science would equate to a 5.0. 

***For students in STEM 8 applying to STEM 9, the Science grade will be awarded a weighted score. For example, an A normally equates to 4 points on a GPA scale. For a STEM 8 student, the A in Science would equate to a 5.0. 

 

Information Regarding the Application Process for all STEM Grades

NOTIFICATION: Applicants will be notified regarding acceptance on or before May 22, 2020.

Please be advised that applicants to STEM Academy programs from out-of-district, home-school environments, or private/parochial schools may require additional assessments or data points as part of their application. The STEM Supervisor may contact the parents/guardians of applicants to schedule these assessments. In addition, data points from the applicant's current school environment may be requested. 

Please note that applicants who are NEW to STEM 5, STEM 6, STEM 7, STEM 8 and STEM 9 may have summer enrichment in the area of mathematics in order to address the accelerated nature of the STEM mathematics courses. Information regarding these assignments will be provided upon acceptance. 

New STEM 9 students: If not previously enrolled in the STEM Academy, new STEM 9 students must take Geometry in order to be on pace with the existing STEM 9 cohort. It is preferred that students dual enroll in Geometry and Algebra 2 during their ninth-grade year. Please speak with your middle school guidance counselor for additional information or email Colleen Gill at cmgill@smcps.org.  

Due to programming requirements, students in grades 10-12 are not eligible to apply to the STEM Academy.