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LSHS One of Seven Schools in Georgia to Earn STEM Certification

Lithia Springs High School (LSHS) has been awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification by the Georgia Department of Education. LSHS is the first school in Douglas County to be awarded this designation and the seventh high school in the state of Georgia.

“It is through the collaborative efforts of our teachers, parents, and business community supporters that LSHS continues to excel,” Principal Dr. Garrick Askew said. “This designation, along with the others awards we have recently received, are the harvest of the commitment to these students and unselfish efforts of our staff going beyond the call of duty.”

To earn STEM certification, the school was required to submit an application showing that it meets specific criteria, including evidence of teacher collaboration; business and industry partnerships; high levels of math and science instruction; and an integrated, project-based STEM curriculum. A team from the Georgia Department of Education and other STEM experts visited the school recently to evaluate the program, review student work, meet with the STEM advisory board, and speak with students, parents, and community members about student opportunities through the STEM program.

“Becoming STEM certified is a testament to the hard work of many people who have helped transform LSHS from being identified as ‘at-risk’ to the ‘shining light’ of the state and I’m glad to be an alumnus of this school, putting my top-tier education to good use on the collegiate and national level,” stated LSHS 2015 graduate and Gates Millennium Scholar Alexander Nichols.

Lithia Springs High School has hosted the STEM magnet program for four years and during this time has moved from isolated classes of math, science, and CTAE courses to an integrated curriculum for each academy student. Highlights from the Lithia Springs High School program include a variety of integrated STEM projects; collaborative partnerships with Georgia Institute of Technology, Google, GreyStone, Miller Architects, Georgia Power, and others; and an internship with a company in which the student develops a research project and presents it at the end of his/her senior year. LSHS parents and community members are supportive of the program and have been paramount to its successes.

More information about STEM can be found at www.stemgeorgia.org.

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