The STEM Academy at Milam Elementary is a PK-5 Choice school. The mission of The 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 experince 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.
Milam seeks to broaden opportunities for students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics by fostering an early interest in these critical areas of study. Milam 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 The 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.
· Fully certified and highly qualified teacher staff
· Adherence to all state of Texas curriculum requirements
· Data-driven school with focus on literacy programs
· Year-long instruction in music, art, and PE
· Active Parent Teacher Association (PTA) participation
· Comprehensive guidance counseling program
· Student council
· Extracurricular clubs
· Family academic information night
· Pep rallies
· Family multi-cultural night and parent enrichment classes
· Engineers in the Classroom program in partnership with Lockheed Martin, offering students the opportunity to work with and learn hands-on from engineers and scientists from a national leading corporation dedicated to aerospace, defense, information technology, and space innovation
· Dedicated curriculum Engineering in Education produced by the National Center for Technology Literacy in conjunction with the Museum of Science-Boston.
· Expanded school day to allow for lab work, experiments, and dedicated STEM coursework with GPISD School Board approval
· Expanded extracurricular club program focused on STEM principles, including robotics club, engineering club, space club, in addition to sports and other campus club offerings
· Outdoor classroom and learning lab with 2 “high school” sized science labs
· Expanded media center and library
· Technology expansion as a bring-your-own-device school that will also offer student netbooks and tablets to accommodate enhanced study
· Emphasis on social media (i.e. Twitter, Google Plus, Facebook, podcasting), including a dedicated You Tube channel to provide student-produced presentations, parent information
· A parent involvement center that will serve as a portal for STEM-focused enrichment lessons and experiments that students and parents can work on together at home, academic support, and increased computer training for Milam parents
· Breakfast-in-the-classroom program, offering a nutritious breakfast to all students every morning
· Standardized dress with GPISD School Board approval
Our teachers are well prepared for the classroom and motivated to build partnerships with parents to ensure a collaborative learning environment. More than 20% of our staff have their master’s degree and all have been specially trained in The Flippin Group’s Capturing Kids Hearts because we know, “if you have a child’s heart, you have their head.” When you have the child’s commitment to learning, they become 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/First Grade, Iona Tyler/Second Grade, Marguerite Allen/Third Grade, Dorothy Bennett/Fourth Grade, Pauline Lttle/Fifth Grade, and Jack VanBevers/Sixth Grade. Milam continues its growth and change this year as construction begins this summer 2012 on a brand new Milam Elementary STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Academy, to be ready 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.
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