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NEISD AP STEM programs receive $2.7 million grant

STEM students working in labSTEM students working on plant projectNorth East ISD’s International School of the Americas (ISA), Roosevelt, Reagan, Johnson, Churchill, Legacy of Educational Excellence (LEE), Madison and MacArthur high schools are benefiting from grants totally $2.7 million from the Department of Defense STEM program (DoD STEM). The funds are being used to enhance teacher training and provide engaging learning opportunities for students pursuing advanced placement (AP) STEM coursework.

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) launched its College Readiness Program in partnership with all North East ISD high schools, military-connected schools serving Joint Base San Antonio, with dedicated funding from DoD STEM.

“The pandemic created many educational challenges for our students, and even more so for the military families we serve already dealing with significant change,” said Dr. Sean Maika, NEISD Superintendent of Schools. “NEISD wants to create systems for students and teachers so that all families receive the support they need, especially when pursuing advanced curriculum opportunities. I am excited that each of our eight high school AP STEM programs will benefit from this grant.”

NEISD serves a large population of military-connected students. Our award-winning Student 2 Student program is now at every campus in the District. The program pairs current students with new military students to help them get acquainted with their new schools.

NEISD also has 19 Purple Star designation campuses across the District. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) awards Purple Star designations to schools that excel in meeting the needs of its military students and families.

Students with family members serving in the military move an average of six to nine times during elementary and secondary school. NMSI's College Readiness Program leverages the College Board's proven Advanced Placement framework, preserving local control and creating consistent learning across schools. That means students are on pace from their first day in a new school making each move a little easier.

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Posted by Kristina Perez
Jan. 10, 2022