We wanted to get out of a strict grade-based environment and arrive at something entirely proficiency based, so we have gone Flex in an effort to support that.
When you walk into some schools you don't feel their vision and goals. It is absolutely important to have a consistent message. At our school STEM is incorporated into everything we do. You don't "see" STEM, you have to step over it.
The Waukesha STEM Academy is a K-8 Charter School that inspires over 800 students to become active participants in learning. The school is designed around a STEM Curriculum brought to life with instructional Strategies That Engage Minds. As a STEM School we have a curriculum focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math...or what we call the 'What' of STEM Education. Equally important is our focus on the 'How' of STEM, which we define as Strategies That Engage Minds. Together the 'What' and the 'How' come together to create a dynamic 21st Century learning environment.
Contact Title: Murray
Waukesha STEM Academy - Saratoga
130 Walton Ave
In 2013-2014 Wisconsin used the Wisconsin Student Assessment System (WSAS), which includes the WKCE and WAA, to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 10 in math and reading, and in grades 4, 8 and 10 in language arts, science and social studies. The WSAS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Wisconsin. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level. In private schools, only voucher program participants are tested. GreatSchools' ratings currently reflect 2012-13 testing data. Beginning in the 2012-2013 school year, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction implemented new definitions of what it means to be proficient on the WSAS test. As a result of these changes, proficiency scores for Wisconsin schools are lower than they were in previous years.