About STrEaM Academy

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    Our Mission

    Anchorage STrEaM Academy empowers students to be involved learners, critical thinkers and engaged citizens who are inspired by the natural world. 

    Our Core Values

    Anchorage STrEaM Academy 

    • Provides a quality project based interdisciplinary education based on STEM initiatives;
    • Promotes ecological literacy and stewardship in our students;
    • Connects and engages our community of stakeholders;
    • Fosters place-based education and awareness;
    • Develops an appreciation for experiencing the outdoors and facilitates outdoor education;
    • Incorporates purposeful use of technology.

    Our Purpose of the Program

    Anchorage STrEaM Academy will support students in developing the skills necessary to meet or exceed national, state and local standards.  Our students will become positive contributing members of society who:

    • have experience partnering with the local community;
    • have built a strong foundation for career readiness;
    • understand the strengths and limitations of technology;
    • realize that learning continues outside the classroom;
    • are defining their role in creating a more sustainable future;
    • recognize the interconnectedness and relevance of all disciplines.

    What you need to learn about ASA

    ASA is a (lottery) charter middle school, serving approximately 160-170 students in grades 6,7,8.  We are a project-based, STEM focused, outdoor education school. These three pillars could easily singularly be a mission for any school, but we combine all three for a unique learning experience.
     
    Weekly Schedule:
    M: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    T: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    W: 8:00 am - Noon
    Th: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
    F: 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
     
    We have a Block Schedule model. Every full-time student meets 7 classes Monday and Friday and 4 classes Tuesday and Thursday.  Wednesday is reserved for Projects, where they officially meet in their Advisory Class and then move to a variety of locations to receive specific direction and have time to work collaboratively with their peers.  Every class, every day will be outside for a least a portion of the class period, if not the whole period. We make an exception only if the temperature drops below -20*F, or the ice poses an extreme hazard. We go outside in every other weather situation, including rain, sleet, snow, sun and wind. It is critical that your family agrees to this learning style, as we cannot have students remain inside when the class is instructed outside.
     
    As a small charter school, we do not have bus service, and we also do not have a cafeteria.  We are a brown bag lunch school.  Some of our parents use the service Wooden Spoons for a hot lunch option.  In the past we have also hosted a food truck one day a week as an alternative lunch option for students and staff.
     
    We are planning to serve between 160 and 170 students next year. We have a staff of sixteen, including our Principal, one office clerk, one Counselor, one Project and TREK* Coordinator, one Teacher Assistant and eleven Expert Teachers. By our charter we have small class sizes (23 is a large class)
     
    We have a small, but extremely effective Special Education Department, and our Counselor is our 504 coordinator, as well as our Academic and Social advisor.
     
    Every class is taught at the gifted level and we use Mastery Grading to evaluate student learning.  We have found that if you have high structure and high expectations students will achieve at the highest level. Our goal is to have every student enter high school at the highest math level possible with a solid understanding of algebra and having completed or at least have a solid foundation in geometry. However, we DO NOT PUSH students through classes. It is essential that they have a solid foundation in mathematics to be successful in high school.
     

    Sample 6th Grade Schedule:

     
    Language Arts 6 (year long class)
    Integrated Science 6 (year long class)
    Pre-Algebra or Math 6 (year long class)
    Social Studies 6 (year long class)
    Advisory 6 (year long class)
    Science Projects 6-Robotics (year long class)
    Elective (quarter class)
    Physical Education / Health (year long class)
     

    Elective offerings vary by quarter and are determined by the passions of the students and staff. 

    Electives we have offered in the past include, but not restricted to:

     
    Folk Band Music (taught by an amazing instructor, includes instruction in guitar, mandolin, violin, cello, viola and ukelele.  Students also use their voices.)
    Spanish (this is an introductory class)
    Outdoor Adventures (skiing, biking, hiking, tracking, wayfinding etc)
    Archery (we have an indoor archery range)
    Family & Consumer Science (cooking, sewing, budgeting)
    Science Special Topics (Microscopic Photography, various biological science topics, etc)
    Computer Science I, II and III
    Math Art
    Art
    Recreational Reading
    Dance
    First Aide
    Social Studies Special Topics (one of the most popular classes; student design their own country-economics and policy)
     

    After School Competitive Sports offered at Anchorage STrEaM Academy:

    Fall: Cross Country Running
    Winter: Cross Country Skiing
     

    After School Clubs in the past have included:

    Jiu Jitsu
    Boxing
    Art Club
    Robotics (competition level)
    Battle of the Books (competition level)
    Chess
     
    After School clubs are driven by interest of the students, staff and community
    We have plans to add a club for students involved in Scouting to complete badges
     
     
     
    *TREK - Teaching Research Experiences to Kids (outdoor adventures - half day or full day science field trips aligned with the curriculum)