STEAM Academy

Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics

In collaboration with school leadership and Polk Virtual School, the Department of Academic Rigor has established twenty middle school Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM) Accelerated Academic Programs. The programs have been rolled out district wide since 2010 with new grade levels being added each successive year.

The purpose of STEAM is to provide students with an accelerated academic program of study which utilizes college readiness curriculum and offers the potential for students to earn up to six (6) high school credits prior to entering 9th grade. Completion of these credits at the middle level permits more flexibility within a student’s high school schedule to begin college level coursework (Advanced Placement and/or Dual Enrollment) at an earlier age. In addition, students have the opportunity to explore a wider variety of elective programs as they finish their graduation requirements.STEAMcrest

The academy’s curriculum focus will include: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics (STEAM). Under this broad umbrella, students will learn middle school concepts at accelerated levels, all through the lens of authentic curriculum experiences, problem-based learning methods, and rigorous and relevant assignments.

Students at Daniel Jenkins STEAM Academy will gain the skills to enhance their ability to think critically, work cooperatively, solve complex problems, and drive advancements in science and technology.

Students will be placed in Advanced courses in Math, Science, Language Arts, Reading, and Social Studies. In addition, to these courses, students enrolled in the STEAM Academy are placed in Beginning Spanish, Environmental Engineering, and/or Advanced Academics for Gifted.
Our goal here at Daniel Jenkins STEAM Academy is to prepare our students for their future success. Students are engaged with rigorous and relevant learning opportunities that not only address the state standards but focus on preparing students for their freshman year in college

  •  Use of Technology in Support of Collaboration, Communication, Creativity, and Critical Thinking
  • Standards-based Instruction and Mastery Learning
  • Problem-based and Project-based Learning
  • Use of Real-time Data to Direct Personalized Learning
  • Student Support from a Team of Teachers, Community Members, and Mentors
  • Participation in enrichment opportunities such as co-curricular activities
  • Potential for students to earn up to six (6) high school credits prior to entering 9th grade.
  • Provided with opportunities for participation in the co-curricular activities such as Science Fair, History Fair, Technology Student Association Conferences & Competitions (TSA), E-Team Competitions, National Junior Honors Society (NJHS), First Lego League Competitions (FLL), etc.

STEAM Academy students are chosen based on the following qualifications:

  • Attained at least a level 4 or 5 on FSA in both Reading and Math
  • Transferred from another STEAM
  • Academy Program


  • Stay on-task and pay attention in class
  • Complete all tasks, assignments, homework, and projects by their due date
  • Read assigned novels outside of class required
  • Study for all exams, tests, and quizzes
  • Participate in discussions, debates, and other classroom conversations as required
  • Work independently or in collaborative pairs/groups as assigned by my teacher (s)
  • Ask the teacher for make-up work when absent
  • Ask for additional teacher help when needed which may include before-or-after school tutoring
  • Make an appointment with my guidance counselor if I need additional assistance with problems related to discipline, attendance, or academic performance

In order to maintain participation in the STEAM accelerated program from year to year, students will be evaluated on an annual basis. The evaluation will include a review of the student’s standardized assessment scores, portfolio work, grades, discipline file, and attendance records.

  • If a student earns a D or F during a nine week period in any academic course, the student will be placed on academic probation for nine week period
  • Must attend school on a regular basis, chronic tardiness and/or absence could result in withdrawal from the program
  • Demonstrate appropriate behavior, any disciplinary actions could result in a probationary period or withdrawal from the program
  • Any student placed on a probationary period, are required to attend a parent/teacher conference, failure to do so can result in withdrawal of the program
  • Must participate in a co-curricular activity such as science fair, history fair, E-Team, etc.