Highline Schools in Project to Improve Math and Science
Four Highline schools will be part of a University of Washington project this school year aimed at improving instruction in science and math.
The project is to be financed with a $460,000 grant over two years and will be led by the University of Washington and funded by a grant of $460,000 over two years from Washington Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
Washington STEM is a statewide nonprofit dedicated to improving education in science, technology, engineering, and math.
Highline schools participating are Cascade Middle School and the three small high schools on the Evergreen campus: Health Sciences and Human Services High School (HS3), Arts and Academics Academy (AAA), and Technology Engineering and Communications High School (TEC). Science teachers at those schools will be part of a professional development network promoting high quality teaching practices.
“We are happy to be working with the UW to further develop this promising model,” said Superintendent Susan Enfield. “This work will benefit Highline students in the short term and could boost achievement for students across the state in the longer term as it is adopted in other districts.”
The model has shown promising gains in student achievement.
“The University of Washington project… has helped rapidly transform low-performing schools into places where students achieve,” said a statement from Washington STEM.
“We are excited to work with a talented group of educators and leaders to create a strong network of schools where students experience success and joy in doing mathematics and science.” said University of Washington associate professor Elham Kazemi, the project leader.