As the KSAT students progress through the program, their rocket projects increase in difficulty, providing them the opportunity to improve their understanding and use of STEM concepts. During 8th grade, their first integrated project is to build a rocket that is entered into the Team America Rocketry Challenge, a national rocket competition. With a different challenge each year, the students are asked to demonstrate the level of skill they have acquired while in the program.
Integration and Real Life Problems
Every nine weeks, there is an integrated theme for each grade level. Each teacher incorporates the theme into the core area instruction. At the end of each unit, there is a culminating or Problem Based Learning project and a field trip to link all the concepts together.
All courses are taught at a rigorous level including Pre-AP English/ Reading and Pre-AP Math at all levels and Pre-AP Science and Pre-AP Social Studies in the 8th grade. For students who qualify, KSAT has Gifted and Talented (Pre-AP/ GT) that are not stacked with other Pre-AP classes.
High School Credit
Students have the opportunity to earn high school credit which aligns them with several of the graduation endorsements. High School credits aligned with Engineering and Technology Endorsement found at ETA and other magnets as well as any comprehensive high school.
The following courses are High School Credit Course at KSAT