The Downingtown STEM Academy is a magnet high school in the Downingtown Area School District, the largest school district in Chester County, PA. Downingtown has three high schools, two traditional high schools and the STEM Academy.
The Downingtown STEM Academy is an International Baccalaureate world school and a STEM school, a combination found no where else in the world. The school serves 9-12 grade students, and the school will reach full enrollment of approximately 850 students during the 2013-2014 school year. When it reaches full enrollment, the DASD STEM Academy will be the largest IB diploma school in the western hemisphere!
The DASD STEM Academy opened in the 2011-2012 school year. During this inaugural year, the school reached new grounds, being identified as an Apple Distinguished School, a rare feat for a new school.
Working with the business community, the DASD STEM Academy staff and administration has created STEM Pathways, real-world exploratory studies for students in 11th and 12th grade. Check out the STEM curriculum and the STEM Pathways in the 2012-2013 Program of Study.
The DASD STEM Academy was built in the 1930s, during the Great Depression, with federal funding through the Works Progress Administration. The building has undergone several renovations, with the most current for the STEM Academy.
Videos (newest videos are first):
-My classroom, shot with my iPod touch
-Summer construction, shot with my iPod touch
-My classroom in early July 2011, shot with my iPod touch