LCMHS STEM Academy is a stand-alone academy of approximately 1000 students. LCM was a traditional comprehensive high school. We believe that the benefits offered through the STEM Academy model of innovative instruction and the culture of collaboration, critical thinking, communication, and creativity are best for every student. We chose to become a whole-school academy so that all students would benefit from the STEM Academy model.
PBL was a new concept for most of our established teachers. These teachers committed to training in PBL and have begun implementing PBL lessons in their classrooms. We have seen an increase in PBL across campus along with an emphasis on professional presentation skills.
Use of Technology
Student and teacher use of technology has increased as we formed a partnership with Microsoft to become an Innovative School and IT Academy. Students and teachers collaborate in the Office 365 environment. The addition of Computer Science and PLTW Engineering courses have led students to work in an online platform. Many of our dual credit courses with UT Tyler are also in an online platform. Computer labs, laptop carts, and interactive projectors allow students and teachers to have access to the technology they need. We have a Bring Your Own Technology program to allow students additional access to technology where resources are short.
Work-Based Experiences & Internships
Students in veterinary science and health science programs participate in internships. A fourth year of computer science classes was added for next year in which students will be able to create programs independently and develop a portfolio of work. We have spoken with our Advisory Board about helping us find opportunities for student internships and work experiences for our students and teachers.
Student Support and Academic Counseling
Student Advisories focus on college readiness, student perseverance, and a growth mindset. We have worked to inform students of our course selection options and endorsement pathways. We have discussed college readiness information and prepared students for the TSI exam. Students work with their Advisory teachers to maintain a record of clubs, organizations, awards, etc. so that they can be prepared to fill out college applications. Grade level-specific Advisories focus on timelines for SAT/ACT, college applications, scholarship deadlines, FAFSA, etc. A Higher Education Coordinator serves as a liaison between our campus and our partner colleges and universities and also helps students with the college application process.
This district was extremely affected by hurricane Harvey. of the 6 schools they have 4 of them were flooded. They are now having the intermediate and middle school students at their campus in the morning and their high school students come to school at 11:45.
They indicated that they are just trying to get back to normal.
We are working with them to expand their IHE relationships McNeese across in Louisiana is willing to get involved and offer some classes to LCM students.They are willing to offer some articulated credit for engineering courses and even come to campus to offer the classes.
They are also challenged by their technology at the moment replacing
They want to examine their pathways and make sure they have outlined all the opportunities. They have a variety of options but want to make sure they have it all aligned.
We will be working to identify which pathways will do Capstones and which will include internships and work with the Advisory Board to help us find internships for students.
TSI strategies to begin to get baseline earlier so we can offer dual credit classes earlier. At this point they have targeted 10th grade but we need to do earlier.
Getting the teachers to implement PBL was a challenge at the beginning. They trained teachers by grade level and have continued toward with each subject area to make sure they are implementing PBL
Establishing the partnerships for dual credit to try to get the students core complete. They have now partnerships with UT Tyler, Lamar Orange and Lamar University and now we are working with McNeese.
Getting the pathways established and listening to student's interests and aligning the courses.
They also use PLTW Computer Science and Engineering
She also coordinates their TSI and college readiness.
They also offer AP options as well.In the PLTW computer science class it is aligned with AP and they have earned college credit.
They need to focus more on TSI and developing skills before high school.
They offer dual credit with UT Tyler most of this is through video conferencing or online some of the LCM teachers have been certified to teach courses through UT Tyler
Plant processing with Lamar Orange these students as well as the welding kids go in their last two years to Lamar Orange campus
and some dual credit with Lamar University
They offer PLTW Computer Science and Engineering.
They also offer a certification program for plant processing, a health science pathway and a veterinary tech program.
They have established partnerships with many of the businesses in the area including the paper mill and Conoco Phillips.