May 4, 2017
The Anchorage School Board approved a proposal for ASD’s first STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) elementary school to be located at Campbell Elementary School.
The schoolwide alternative program will open next school year and feature an interdisciplinary STEM curriculum, intentionally embedding science, technology, engineering, and mathematics into every subject. Principal Michelle Johansen said the school’s staff and students will combine hands-on inquiry, the engineering process, place-based learning, and real-world problem-solving to foster the joy of discovery and understanding about the world to prepare the school’s diverse students for citizenship in the 21st century.
Principal Johansen cites a 2016 report from the US departments of Labor and Commerce which found the fastest growing occupations are in STEM with science and engineering jobs growing 70 percent faster than other occupations.
The school will remain open to neighborhood students. As space is available, students outside of the attendance boundary may attend the school through the lottery.
Learn more about the program philosophy in the board memo approved on April 24.
Campbell STEM Elementary School will apply for the new state STEM accreditation for schools in Alaska. Currently, no schools have received this new state accreditation.
Additionally, the school will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 12-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 at the school, located at 7206 Rovenna St. The celebration is open to the public will feature a silent auction with proceeds supporting the school’s STEM lab.