To understand the effectiveness of STEM schools, we must first understand just what it is that STEM schools are doing. To do this, we went straight to the source. At each of the 20 schools, we reviewed websites, mission statements, and other school documents to get to the core of what is most important to each school’s model. Then we interviewed school leaders and program developers to ask them what makes their school “their school.” The visualizations here describe what STEM schools say is most essential to their school models.
Included in these models are many aspects of STEM schools, from more general components like “core course sequence” or “advisory” to specific pedagogical approaches or student behaviors in and out the classroom. You can also learn more about all of the 78 individual components of STEM schools by exploring our infographic here.
These visualizations don’t represent the entirety of any school’s model or all of the components that make a school what it is. Rather, the visuals represent those components that school leaders and stakeholders describe as the most important.
Click on a school’s name/icon to explore its model. The bolded components are those that are considered most core to the school’s identity and mission.