Charter school offering STEM education gets approval

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A new charter school program focused on STEM education for Grades 7 to 12 has been approved by the province for the Calgary area.

Former school trustee Lisa Davis and Kids Come, First parent advocate, Sarah Bieber have created the Stem Innovation Academy, hoping to prepare students for the digital economy through cutting edge science and technology courses.

“We are in the middle of a once-in-a-generation digital transformation, and Alberta students can be leaders in this global shift.” said Davis, who resigned from the Calgary Board of Education as trustee a year ago.

“We believe every student can be successful in STEM and should have the opportunity to learn about cutting edge science and technology topics.”

Although the program has not yet found a school site, Davis hopes to open for classes this fall.

While charter schools have been criticized by public school advocates for limited access through higher fees, rigorous applications and long waiting lists, Davis insists that the STEM Innovation Academy will have fees that are comparable to CBE and that registration will be open to everyone.

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