Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary is a PK-5 Choice school. The mission of Ochoa STEM Academy at Milam Elementary is to encourage student interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics through expanded learning opportunities, hands-on laboratory and coursework and a focused STEM curriculum that presents a real-world experience for our students. Additionally, the academic curriculum offers all courses required by the State of Texas for the mastery of standards for each grade level.
Ochoa seeks to broaden opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by fostering an early interest in these critical areas of study. Ochoa offers a unique model and is the only public education elementary STEM academy in north Texas. Through use of a dedicated STEM curriculum combined with corporate partnerships, expanded emphasis on technology, and specialized school design elements, we are confident we can instill confidence and interest in STEM studies for elementary students.
The vision of Ochoa STEM Academy at Milam Elementary is to provide our students with safe, nurturing and engaging learning environment where they become creative inquirers and communicators. Through collaboration with parents, community and district high schools we leverage available resources to offer students focused study in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the elementary level. Additionally, corporate partnerships offer enhanced opportunities for interaction with engineers and scientists – providing students real-world insight and hands-on experience with leaders in these specialized fields.
Our teachers are well prepared for the classroom and motivated to build partnerships with parents to ensure a collaborative learning environment. Our teachers have been specially trained in The Flippen Group’s Capturing Kids Hearts because we believe “if you have a child’s heart, you have their head.” A child committed to learning will be ready to succeed in a global community.
Milam Elementary opened in 1955 under the direction of Principal Bruce Younger. It has undergone many changes since that day, including a major renovation in 1991 during which new classrooms, a library resource center, and a music room were added. The first staff included Anna Elrod - 1st Grade, Iona Tyler - 2nd Grade, Marguerite Allen - 3rd Grade, Dorothy Bennett - 4th Grade, Pauline Little - 5th Grade, and Jack VanBevers - 6th Grade. Milam continues its growth and change in 2012 when construction began in the summer of 2012 on a brand new facility completed for the 2013 school year.
Milam has a long history of excellence:
It was also a National Title I Distinguished School in 1996 - 1997 and the first school in Grand Prairie to be Exemplary on TAAS.
The school mascot is the Mavericks and its colors are maroon and white.
There's always something exciting happening at Ochoa STEM Academy at Ben Milam Elementary!