What is STEM Academy?

The STEM Academy will immerse 6th-8th grade students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math learning experiences. Students will develop skills necessary for the 21st century such as problem solving, collaborative group work, persevering through difficult problems/situations, critical thinking, and utilizing creativity in solving problems. STEM concepts and applications are reinforced with projects and investigations.

What will STEM students learn?

STEM will focus on science and engineering topics as described in the Next Generation Science Standards. Technology will be integrated with Science and Math to reinforce learning objectives of major topics. Activities in the science, engineering, and technology classes incorporate important concepts by way of projects. Technology is extremely important in this process. STEM is a three year program where students will focus on ecology/chemistry, energy/earth, and force/electricity/life science. All of these topics will be learned through science and applied with engineering.

Why is STEM Important?

The goal of STEM education in the K-12 system is to expand the number of students who ultimately pursue advanced degrees and careers in STEM fields, expand the STEM-capable workforce, and increase STEM literacy for all students. Sixteen out of the twenty occupations with the largest projected growth in the next decade are STEM related. While there are careers that do not require post-secondary education, 94% of STEM jobs will require additional education or training by 2018. In the United States, Washington ranks #1 for STEM related jobs. However, we rank 46th in graduating students who are prepared for STEM fields or STEM college degrees.

Application Process

  • Complete a registration packet (obtain in office) and request to be on STEM waiting list.
  • In the Spring, if there is availability, you will be contacted to continue to the process.
  • Student will take the STAR Math and STAR Reading Assessment.
  • Set up an interview with the STEM Team.
  • Writing Assessment.

The STEM Program counts for 4 weight of classes. Enrollment in any specialty program at Sky Valley Education Center is considered full time and is not eligible for shared enrollment with any other public school. Shared enrollment is available in our Parent Partnership Program.


  • 6th Grade Reading/Writing Level
  • 6th Grade Math Level
  • Enjoys Science
  • Student shows interest in the program!

This program is designed to meet grade level expectations in Math, Reading and Writing.

Priority Enrollment

  • Priority will be given to current SVEC students and students/families with home-school experience.
  • Position on the program wait list is not necessarily an indication of enrollment position. In addition to enrollment criteria for reading and math skills, balance will be sought with regard to grade levels and gender.

Contact us for further information or to schedule a visit!

Sky Valley Education Center
351 Short Columbia
Monroe, WA 98272

Phone: (360) 804-2700
Fax: (360) 804-2759

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