In March of 2017, Rockhurst High School earned an AdvancED STEM Certification

The AdvancED STEM Certification process requires a school to provide evidence of meeting the eleven indicators of the STEM Certification standard. On a 4 point scale, a school must obtain a sufficient average score throughout the eleven indicators. Click on each indicator below to read about how Rockhurst met each indicator. On the top right of the page, the AdvancED STEM Certification score is displayed. If you have any more questions about Rockhurst's STEM Certificate and what it means, then please contact Mr. Greg Owsley, STEAM Director of Rockhurst High School.

AdvancED STEM Standard and Indicators

STEM students have the skills, knowledge, and thinking strategies that prepare them to be innovative, creative, and systematic problem-solvers in STEM fields of study and work.

STEM Learners

ST1.1 The STEM school/program supports non-traditional student participation through outreach to groups often underrepresented in STEM program areas.
ST1.2 Students work independently and collaboratively in an inquiry-based learning environment that encourages finding creative solutions to authentic and complex problems.
ST1.3 Students are empowered to personalize and self-direct their STEM learning experiences supported by STEM educators who facilitate their learning.
ST1.4 Students use technology resources to conduct research, demonstrate creative and critical thinking, and communicate and work collaboratively.
ST1.5 Students demonstrate their learning through performance-based assessments and express their conclusions through elaborated explanations of their thinking.

STEM Educators

ST1.6 The interdisciplinary problem-based curriculum includes a focus on real world applications.
ST1.7 STEM educators collaborate as an interdisciplinary team to plan, implement, and improve integrated STEM learning experiences.
ST1.8 STEM learning outcomes demonstrate students’ STEM literacy necessary for the next level of STEM learning and for post- secondary and workforce readiness.
ST1.9 STEM teachers and leaders participate in a continuous program of STEM-specific professional learning.

STEM Experiences

ST1.10 Community, post-secondary, business/industry partners and/or families actively support and are engaged with teachers and students in the STEM program.
ST1.11 Students are supported in their STEM learning through adult-world connections and extended day opportunities.