PRESTWICK STEM ACADEMY OPENS FOR THE 2014 SCHOOL YEAR
“So far, so great,” is the message from Little Elm ISD about the first school year at the new Prestwick Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) K-8 Academy, one of the first of its kind in Texas.
The STEM Academy provides a unique opportunity to build a strong foundation in subjects that are increasingly important in today’s technology-dependent society.
The structure also has the added benefit of allowing middle school students to mentor and teach younger students, which reinforces their learning.
“It’s the school of the future,” said STEM parent Anna Williams. “Research shows having kindergarteners with 8th graders promotes positive behavior among the kids because they have a sense of community and they know they are role models for the younger students.”
Prestwick STEM Academy in The Tribute
Little Elm ISD designed the 90,000 square-foot public school from the ground up, creating flexible learning spaces, which makes it easier for students to learn and collaborate. The grades are set up as ‘houses’ with open centers for school-wide meetings or small group discussion.
“It’s a different way to learn,” says interim Little Elm ISD Superintendent Matthew Gutierrez. “We want our students to think critically and independently so they will have the tools to be prepared for future career opportunities. Once students get to high school they will already have an idea about what they want to study in college and also what career path they will take because of the exposure they have already experienced.”
The STEM Academy is located within The Tribute, a 1,600-acre lakeside golf and resort community in The Colony, in the southern portion of the district and serves students residing in the community and throughout the district.
The Little Elm Independent School District encompasses 40 square miles in the southeast corner of Denton County on the east side of Lake Lewisville with more than 6,800 students enrolled. LEISD is one of the fastest growing districts in Texas and serves students who reside in Little Elm, Frisco, Hackberry, Lakewood Village, The Colony and Oak Point.
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