We are committed to preparing all of our students to lead happy, healthy, and productive lives. Our goal is to encourage all students to strive to become informed citizens who are prepared to participate in a culturally diverse society. Our school’s mission statement is one that all staff members take to heart each and every day: With integrity and compassion, the STEAM Academy promotes a commitment to excellence, while empowering each individual to strive for the character, knowledge, and skills necessary to make a positive difference in our world.
At the STEAM Academy, we strive to provide students with a safe learning environment where they are supported and challenged academically. Our very dedicated and highly qualified staff uses Common Core, STEM and NGSS standards and curriculum combined with effective instructional strategies to meet the needs of our student population. We use continuous assessment and data to inform our instruction and develop learning goals for our students.
At the STEAM Academy, we want all of our students to have good values and a strong character. But good character doesn’t just happen. We believe that it is up to each of us to lay a solid foundation for character development by teaching children right from wrong and by acting as positive role models. STEAM uses the Character Counts program to instill the character traits of Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, Citizenship, Integrity, Perseverance, Determination, and Excellence. Character + PRIDE = STEAM!
Parent and community involvement play an integral role in the success of our school. Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) works closely with staff to support and enrich our school programs. We also work directly with outside community groups in providing our students with links to real-life experiences. We are proud of the commitment from our students, staff, families, and community members in making the STEAM Academy a place where children thrive and are given every opportunity to succeed.
I hope you’ll take a look through our page, and stop by the school office next time you are in the neighborhood. We’d love to meet you, and show you around our school. Depending on which day you come by, just keep an eye out for our fantastic PE program, kites flying in the quad, or robots being programmed. It’s always a great day to learn at the STEAM Academy at River Islands!
Director/ Principal M.ED.
What is STEAM?
STEAM is an interdisciplinary, cross-curriculum, real-world process of teaching where core subjects are interwoven, not taught in isolation, much like what students will encounter in this world of global diversity. Rigorous, core curriculum is applied through STEAM-focused projects/activities and aligned to board adopted curriculum and new Common Core State Standards.