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In 2007 the Wauwatosa School District and a dedicated group of parents and teachers set out to pilot a new model of education for the twenty-first century. The Wauwatosa STEM charter school was launched with 42 students. We have experienced a student waitlist every year amidst a seven-year growth plan.
The mission of Wauwatosa STEM is to provide an innovative and dynamic learning environment where students are encouraged to navigate their own course. Individual needs are met in a cooperative, supportive learning community through an engaging and challenging curriculum rooted in the sciences, technology, engineering and math. The vision of Wauwatosa STEM is to provide an environment where students are inspired to inquire, investigate and discover the world around them.
Our students’ individual needs are met in a cooperative, supportive learning community through an engaging and challenging curriculum rooted in the sciences and technology. The WSTEM curriculum is distinctive from any other available in our district, with the focus of science, technology, engineering, and math infused into the study of literacy, writing, mathematics, and social studies.
We focus on 21st Century Learning skills that include new and innovative approaches to teaching both content and lifelong skills. This focus utilizes a variety of techniques for students to build their own understanding through real world problem solving and collaboration. It provides an environment that promotes creativity and innovation.
According to a recent U.S. Department of Commerce report, “The greatest advancements in our society from medicine to mechanics have come from the minds of those interested in or studied in the areas of STEM.”
The United States will have more than 1.2 million jobs open in science, technology, engineering, and math related fields by 2018 yet there will be a significant shortage of qualified college graduates to fill these careers. Our economy and future success in playing a role in addressing our global challenges require that we meet this challenge. Wauwatosa STEM seeks to address this as early as kindergarten by integrating technology in the classroom on a 1:1 basis.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workers drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas, new companies and new industries. Science, technology, engineering and mathematics workers play a key role in the sustained growth and stability of the U.S. economy, and are a critical component to helping the U.S. win the future.– STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future, U.S. Department of Commerce, July 2011
To apply for enrollment at WSTEM you must be a resident or currently attending student of the school district.
The 2014-15 school year application window is February 3rd – 21st. Applications received before February 3, 2014 will not be accepted. Applications completed after February 21, 2014 will be placed on a waiting list in the order that they were received after the lottery has taken place on February 28, 2014.
Grade level enrollment slots are determined by the Wauwatosa School District Administration in early winter of each year. A lottery is used to fill open age/grade level slots. The 2014-15 school year lottery will take place February 28, 2014 at 10:00 am in Conference Room A at the Fisher Administration building located at 12121 W North Ave, Wauwatosa, Wisconsin 53226.
Siblings of current students will have preference and be in a lottery before a lottery selection of students that do not have siblings in WSTEM currently.
If you are selected in the lottery to attend WSTEM you must confirm your child’s attendance by March 28, 2014 at 4:30 p.m. otherwise your slot will be offered to next student on age/grade level waiting list.
The concept of “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) is one where students are allowed to bring their personal wireless communication devices to school and, with a teachers permission, utilize them in class to enhance their educational experience. Wauwatosa School District provides a BYOD wireless network for students in all of its schools. At this time, WSTEM is able to provide a device for each student so it is not necessary to bring a device from home.
1060 N. Glenview Avenue
Wauwatosa, WI 53213
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Wauwatosa STEM, instrumentality charter school of the Wauwatosa School District.
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