WARSAW — The Indiana Department of Education recently announced that Claypool, Jefferson and Madison Elementary Schools are now certified in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM.)
These three schools join Washington STEM Academy.
Created in 2015, the STEM Certified Schools program recognizes schools focused on a commitment to teaching STEM disciplines beyond the classroom. STEM Certified Schools exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education, employing a great deal of inquiry, project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts, and out-of-school STEM activities. STEM Certified Schools take this approach while following educational policies set by the state and excelling under the system of accountability. Prior to certification, each school completed a rigorous application and review process.
“We are so thankful and excited for the hard work and dedication by the teachers, administration, parents, community partners and students at Claypool, Jefferson, Madison and Washington in the fields of STEM education,” said Dr. David Hoffert, Warsaw Community Schools’ superintendent. “WCS has become a global leader in the incorporation of STEM education. These designations from the state of Indiana represent the continued partnerships with our local community and industries.”