What's it like in a STEM or magnet school?

Mazy - posted on 01/28/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I am very interested in sending my boys to STEM schools in a couple of years, but am curious about a few things. My biggest question is how are the "other" or liberal arts subjects covered if at all? How is composition, grammar/spelling, history, music, art, etc dealt with in a STEM school? Is it covered minimally, incorporated into other subjects/projects, or ignored entirely? I am willing to supplement or homeschool specific subjects if necessary.

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Mazy - posted on 01/28/2013

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EDIT: There is an entire STEM/magnet system where I live or the option of regular public school. From what I understand these schools are great, so I'm not too concerned about disorganization since these schools have been established for many years. I know I will ultimately have to go to the schools before I make a decision, but I love hearing about others' experiences. Thank you Starr!

Starr - posted on 01/28/2013

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I would NOT recommend it if it is a new program to the school. My daughter did the STEM program at her school last year, it was a disorganized mess and I felt very out of touch because they did no homework. It was the first and last year this program was in place at her middle school. Teacher organization was seriously lacking, grades were never correct and test scores actually went down last year. They worked on composition, history math and Spanish. I don't recall anything at all for music and art, no spelling. The program is mostly group project based which is hard for younger one to work together in a group on everything. Lots of visual presentations but basically no "arts" as the program is more science and technical based. If it is something that you really want to do, you definitely need to look at the entire program and make sure it is a well established program with great feedback from both students and parents. My daughter personally ended up hating in just a few months into it.

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