Mountain View School recently received STEM Certification from AdvancED, indicating that they are effectively preparing their students for careers of tomorrow through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
To receive the certification, AdvancED evaluated the schools’ effectiveness through 11 indicators. The criteria requires a minimum of a 2.8 overall average and the maximum possible score for each indicator is 4. The scores for Mountain View School were averaged to acquire an overall STEM Certification score of 4.0 – a perfect score. The certification is valid for five years.
Dysart Unified School District: STEAM Education
In their final assessment, the AdvancED judges concluded:
“The AdvancED STEM Review team was very impressed by the work being done at Mountain View School. Every component of school operation is purposeful and deliberate. As plans are made, the school’s current reality is assessed, and modifications which are deemed necessary are systematically planned, implemented, and assessed. It seems that the school operates with the STEM processes in mind. Nothing is random, and nothing is left to chance.
Classrooms at the school are models of effective instruction and high levels of student learning. Curriculum is rigorous, and involves all students in project-based learning and inquiry activities. Students learn to apply the Engineering Design Process in their investigations. They learn how to monitor and assess their learning, and how to adjust their practice to better address the parameters of any task in which they are engaged.
Every student at Mountain View is a STEM (STEAM at Mountain View) student… STEM strategies and activities are incorporated into every subject area, at every grade level, in every classroom. STEM is an accepted, expected, and valuable element of an extremely positive school culture….
Mountain View School is a testament to the power of purposeful, deliberate planning and implementation to enhance learning for all students, all the time.”
Mountain View School is a K-8 school in the Dysart Unified School District.