Enrichment at STEM includes after-school care, clubs and activities.
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Our strong, innovative and problem-based curriculum is futuristic, entrepreneurial and fun. At STEM, our students are challenged to think outside-the-box and maximize their potential in every academic area.
At STEM School Highlands Ranch High School, our students are challenged to develop the essential soft skills necessary to be productive and valued members of the 21st Century workforce. We offer a variety of technology and computer science classes focused on programming in a variety of languages, creative applications like 3D animation/modeling and designing, and building games.
Additionally our students are able to earn industry level IT certificates by taking classes in A+, Net+, and Security+. In our engineering Labs, students fine-tune their problem-solving and creative skills as they take classes in manufacturing, robotics, Computer Aided Design (CAD), digital electronics, and transportation technologies.
The infusion of technology goes beyond the labs and is integral in the liberal arts classrooms as a tool to help students use information which is abundantly available to create and build new knowledge. Teachers facilitate students through significant problem base learning (PBL) experiences where they are not simply acquiring new information, rather students work collaboratively to solve real-world problems in real-world contexts.
Our STEM curriculum is integrated into language and creative arts, history, business and music. Our students graduate, not only capable in the STEM fields, but equally strong in humanities.
The foundation of the engaged real-world learning at the high school level, is our focus on ensuring all students fully master the basic skills in reading, writing, communication, math and critical thinking. We aim to support and challenge students and provide the firm foundation necessary to be successful with whatever pathway they choose to take after high school.
Beyond the basics, our students take risks. We challenge them to create, learn and do things never done before. We embrace safe failure as a way to push forward. We are an exponential learning environment that engages students at all levels. We teach career navigation skills, business ethics with character education, personal responsibility, teamwork and problem solving with creativity.
The mission of the Student Support Team at STEM School Highlands Ranch is to provide every student with the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive in an environment that is safe, challenging and nurturing. We are dedicated to helping the entire student body reach their full potential while feeling empowered, respected and supported.
The National Honor Society (NHS) is the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to recognize those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, service, leadership, and character. The NHS chapter at STEM School Highlands Ranch is open to Juniors and Seniors only, who meet the requirements for membership.
We offer a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) courses that are available beginning in the freshman year. We believe that if students are ready for the rigorous AP courses, we will continue to broaden our offerings to meet their need.
Beyond AP courses, we offer Concurrent Enrollment (CE) enabling students to take classes both on and off our campus for college credit, while still enrolled in high school. STEM has agreements with several community colleges and four-year universities where students can attend. On campus, students are eligible to take CE courses taught by members of our highly qualified HS teaching staff for college credit. With a guarantee transfer of credit to Colorado public universities, this opportunity provides both an additional pathway for rigorous coursework, and is an ideal way for families to save money on college tuition.
Our STEM Career Discovery program is the first of its kind for high school students in Colorado. The program offers students a menu of options to explore STEM fields in real-world settings that can potentially lead to an internship/apprenticeship or full- or part-time job after graduation and during college. As members of CareerWise Colorado, our students have the opportunity to gain high school and college credit as they learn, elbow-to-elbow, in the industries they would like to pursue after their schooling is complete. The program is open to all students in grades 10, 11 or 12 at the STEM School Highlands Ranch.
Career Discovery Events are for students in grades 10-12. Career Discovery team will plan, fundraise, market and execute Career Discovery evening events, held each semester. These events help to guide high school students in their career discovery by bringing industry experts to the school for demonstrations and up close and personal exposure to a number of career fields.
Building Ships connects students with industry partners to create real-world, hands-on opportunities to expand on their STEM-based curriculum.
CMP is for students in grades 10-12. Students are matched with a mentor in their fields of interest. Through the academic year, students will spend approximately 20-30 hours with their mentors, shadowing them in the workplace. Students will also attend roundtable discussions as a cohort to reflect on their experiences.
Internships are for students in grades 11 and 12. STEM School Highlands Ranch offers the opportunity for students to obtain general elective credit by participating in an approved internship experience that aligns with the student’s career aspirations.
CE enables students to take classes both on our campus and off campus for college credit, while still enrolled in high school. With a guarantee transfer of credit to Colorado public universities, this opportunity provides both an additional pathway for rigorous coursework, and is an ideal way for families to save money on college tuition. View the CE tab for more information.
STEM School Highlands Ranch is one of only 5 schools in the state of Colorado approved as a P-TECH School (Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools). STEM currently offers the mechatronics pathway which allows students to earn an Associate of Applied Science in Mechatronics Engineering Technology degree from Arapahoe Community College. Mechatronics is a synergetic integration of mechanical, electrical, control, automation, robotics, computer system for industry and computer engineering technologies. Students begin in 9th grade and go through 13th or 14th grade (i.e. high school and two equivalent years of college). P-Tech provides college education, relevant workplace skills, and paid internships! Check out this P-TECH Fact Sheet from 2018.
P-TECH allows students to begin in grade 9 and continue for up to six years in order to graduate with a high school diploma and industry-recognized associate degree, in addition to gaining relevant workplace skills and valuable internships. STEM School Highlands Ranch currently offers the mechatronics pathway, which is a synergetic integration of mechanical, electrical, control automation, robotics, computer systems for industry and computer engineering technologies.
CareerWise is for students in grades 11 and 12, in partnership with CareerWise Colorado. CareerWise is an organization that places our students in paid apprenticeships with industry leaders in four fields: financial services, business operations, advanced manufacturing and computers. Students should apply directly to CareerWise. The program requires a three-year commitment.
STEM juniors and seniors have access to a College and Career Counselor who works with them individually to identify the best pathway for after high school. Students meet with various colleges and universities who visit our school, apply for a variety of scholarships, and eventually make a decision about what their lives will look like after the high school diploma is placed in their hands.
All high school students at STEM School Highlands Ranch and in Douglas County are required to complete 20 hours of documented community service.
Sites that students need to review understand their options: