Middle School STEM Academy FAQs

  • STEM PROGRAM DETAILS

    Is the LISD MS STEM Academy program for all students next school year?

    The LISD MS STEM Academy will be offered to 6th grade students at Creek Valley, Downing, Forestwood and Hedrick Middle Schools in the 21-22 school year.  An additional grade will be added to the program each school year.

    Is the LISD MS STEM Academy involved in all campus classes or is it a program inside the school that we must apply for?

    The LISD MS STEM Academy is offered at Creek Valley, Downing, Forestwood and Hedrick Middle Schools.  All 6th grade students at these campuses will participate in an enhanced STEM science course that will include investigations and engineering design challenges as part of the science curriculum. Optional STEM electives are available as students' interest and schedules will allow.  No application process is necessary for participation for students attending one of these campuses.

    Will the LISD MS STEM Academies offer Honors (formerly PreAP) STEM Science courses?

    The STEM Science classes do not have an Honors (formerly PreAP) Science designation.  Honors courses will be offered in other content areas at the LISD MS STEM Academies.  

    Will the LISD MS STEM Academies offer Honors or G/T courses?

    Middle school Honors courses will be offered in Math, ELAR and Social Studies at the LISD MS STEM Academies.  G/T-specific courses will be offered in ELAR. The STEM Science course is designed in a way that students will be challenged and encouraged to approach a problem by asking questions and thinking critically using the engineering design process.


    ELECTIVES

    What electives will the LISD MS STEM Academies offer?

    The LISD MS STEM Academies will also offer fine arts and athletics opportunities found at other LISD middle schools, and will incorporate unique STEM-focused electives that students may participate in as their interest and schedules allow. Contact your campus for other electives that may be offered.


    ENROLLMENT/TRANSFERS/LOGISTICS

    How do I enroll my child into the LISD MS STEM academy?

    There is not an application to enroll into an LISD MS STEM Academy. If your child’s school path is to attend one of the LISD MS STEM Academies, which are Creek Valley, Downing, Forestwood and Hedrick Middle Schools, your child will automatically be enrolled.

    If your child’s school path does NOT feed into one of the 4 LISD MS STEM Academy schools, you would need to apply for a transfer to that campus. You can find more information regarding the transfer process by visiting the website at https://www.lisd.net/Page/408.

    If my child is zoned for one of the campuses that offers the MS STEM Academy, what do I need to do to enroll my student?

    Students zoned to Creek Valley, Downing, Forestwood or Hedrick Middle School will automatically be enrolled in the STEM program.  There is no further action or registration form that is needed for zoned students or those on a transfer to a feeder elementary school.

    My child attends an Elementary STEM Academy on a transfer. Will my child stay in that feeder pattern moving to middle school or do I need to put in another transfer?

    If a student has been granted a transfer to a campus at the elementary level, that transfer is in place for the feeder pattern for all subsequent schools through graduation unless the transfer is revoked.

    Will transportation be provided to the LISD MS STEM Academies for transfer students?

    Families will need to provide transportation to an LISD MS STEM Academy for students transferring to the campus. Bus service will not be provided.

    If a student gets accepted for a transfer to an LISD MS STEM Academy, will they still be able to choose their electives?

    Students will complete the middle school registration request process for the current campus.  Once the transfer is approved to an LISD MS STEM Academy, the student will be prompted to request new electives that are offered at the new campus.

    When will I be notified if my transfer was approved?

    You will receive notification regarding the transfer approval by May 15, 2021. You can find more information regarding the transfer process by visiting the website at https://www.lisd.net/Page/408

    If I am approved for a transfer and my student changes their mind, can he/she go back to their home campus?

    If your student changes their mind and wishes to remain at their home campus, you will need to notify the transfer office so they can transfer the student back. The request to transfer can be canceled up until the 1st day of school. You can find more information regarding the transfer process by visiting the website at https://www.lisd.net/Page/408.

    My student is on a transfer to an Elementary STEM Academy, but would like to return to their zoned middle school or another LISD MS STEM Academy.  What do I need to do?

    Students will need to fill out a transfer request to the campus that they would like to attend for consideration.  You can find more information regarding the transfer process by visiting the website at https://www.lisd.net/Page/408


    OTHER PROGRAMS

    How will the LISD MS STEM Academy and Instructional Support Services (such as Special Education, 504, and ELL) work together?

    Services will seamlessly transition to work within the STEM Science classroom and Electives pathways.  These STEM opportunities will not replace any support that is proven successful for special populations of students.  If you have specific questions about any student program, please reach out to the campus principal to connect you with the appropriate support staff.

    What services will be provided to G/T students in the STEM Science courses?

    While the STEM Science classes may not be designated as Honors or G/T, students will still receive instructional services provided by a G/T trained teacher.  In addition, instructional practices geared toward the gifted learner are embedded in the STEM Science curriculum.  Students will have the opportunity to participate in G/T LEAP courses.

    What electives will be available to students in the Advanced Language Programs at the LISD MS STEM Academies that host that program as well?

    6th graders will choose a Fine Arts elective and one other elective of choice.  Students who select to continue in the Advanced Language Pathway may request STEM-focused electives in 7th grade and 8th grade.