Unionville Elementary Announced as STEM Certified School
Unionville Elementary has received the STEM Certified School designation from the Indiana Department of Education (IDOE). MCCSC now has four of Indiana's seventy-eight STEM Certified Schools, with Unionville Elementary joining Grandview Elementary, Batchelor Middle School and The Academy of Science and Entrepreneurship.
"The Unionville copyrighted EARTH (Environment, Art, Resources, Technology, and Health) curriculum exemplifies the State of Indiana’s STEM model in every way. We congratulate Ms. Lily Albright and the entire Unionville staff on their innovative cutting edge model and Indiana STEM certification," said MCCSC Superintendent Dr. Judith DeMuth.
Since 2017, Unionville Elementary has been leading a curriculum initiative called EARTH (Environment, Art, Resources, Technology, and Health). With the success of initiatives like STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math), Principal Albright wanted to find a way to incorporate the environment, natural resources, and health into their curriculum. Unionville sits on 18 beautiful acres in northeast Monroe County, so she had to look no further than the school's backyard.
"An education built upon science, technology, engineering, and mathematics is vital for academic success and life beyond high school," said Dr. Jennifer McCormick, Indiana Superintendent of Public Instruction. "Along with great partners in our schools and the classroom, Indiana has prioritized STEM activities each and every day. I am grateful for the student-focused passion exemplified by our STEM Certified schools and I want to commend our 2019 schools for furthering Indiana's dedication to STEM."
STEM Certified schools were first selected in 2015. Schools are selected based on their commitment to teaching STEM disciplines throughout the entire school. STEM Certified schools exemplify a highly non-traditional approach to education, employing a great deal of inquiry, project-based learning, community engagement, entrepreneurship, student-centered classrooms, integration into humanities and related arts, and out-of-school STEM activities. STEM Certified schools take this approach while following educational policies set by the state and excelling under the system of accountability. Prior to certification, each school completed a rigorous application and review process.
To view a complete list of Indiana STEM Certified schools, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/wf-stem/indianas-stem-certified-schools. For more information on IDOE’s efforts to increase STEM education across the state, please visit: www.doe.in.gov/wf-stem/indiana-stem-education-science-technology-engineering-and-mathematics.
About the Monroe County Community School Corporation:
The Monroe County Community School Corporation (MCCSC) serves nearly 11,000 students from diverse populations in 23 schools. MCCSC is a leader in STEM and EARTH curricula, encompasses a Performing Arts Academy, International Baccalaureate schools, Dual Immersion programs, multiple Career Pathways, a Career Center, as well as numerous College Credit and Advanced Placement opportunities to prepare students for college and career readiness. Our commitment, as we educate tomorrow’s leaders, is to Engage, Empower, and Educate all students in a world-class learning environment empowering them to maximize their educational success in becoming productive, responsible global citizens.