Highline Schools awarded nearly half a million dollars in ‘Race to the Top’ funds

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Highline Public Schools was awarded $440,000 in ‘Race to the Top’ funds, which will be used to support STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in five elementary schools and two middle schools.

The grant, part of the first phase of Race to the Top, will fund the implementation of a STEM Academy for Teachers which provides in-depth training and support for teachers in math and science as they implement the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)—new, more rigorous learning standards recently adopted by the state.

Highline piloted a similar model with a group of lead teachers over the last three years. Average student math scores in this group increased each year (see below):


“The STEM Academy will focus on our most high-need schools,” said Highline STEM Director Carmen Gonzales. “The additional training and targeted support of our math and science teachers will help us meet the individual needs of our students and increase achievement in math and science.”

35 teachers will participate in the STEM Academy, which will directly impact 1,200 students at Highline.

Race to the Top Funds will fund the STEM Academy in the following Highline Schools:

  • Beverly Park Elementary School
  • Midway Elementary School
  • McMicken Heights Elementary School
  • Mount View Elementary School
  • Hazel Valley Elementary School
  • Chinook Middle School
  • Cascade Middle School

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