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Tennessee schools recognized for focus on STEM

Schools that receive the honor also serve as models from which others may visit and learn.

TENNESSEE, USA — The Tennessee Department of Education and the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network (TSIN) said that 13 schools received the Tennessee STEM School Designation for 2021.

The honor recognizes schools for preparing students for postsecondary and future career success by committing to promote STEM and/or STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning for their students. 

The designation program is aligned to Governor Bill Lee’s Future Workforce Initiative and goal to triple the number of STEM-designated schools, according to a press release.

Officials said that since 2018 when the program began, 61 schools have earned the Tennessee STEM Designation, which was developed in partnership with the STEM Leadership Council to provide a “roadmap” for schools to successfully implement a STEM and/or STEAM education plan at the local level. 

Schools that receive the honor also serve as models from which others may visit and learn. 

All K–12 schools serving students in Tennessee are eligible.

Each school awarded the Tennessee STEM School Designation was evaluated through a rigorous application process. 

The designation rubric included five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and postsecondary partnerships.

As a part of the process, schools were also required to submit a plan of action for implementing and sustaining STEM and/or STEAM education for the next five years. 

The following schools received Tennessee STEM School Designation for 2021:

  • Battle Creek Elementary, Maury County Public Schools
  • Campus School University of Memphis, Shelby County Schools
  • Cason Lane Academy, Murfreesboro City Schools
  • T-STEM Academy at East High School, Shelby County Schools
  • Fort Loudoun Middle School, Loudon County Schools
  • George Washington Elementary, Kingsport City Schools
  • Indian Lake Elementary, Sumner County Schools
  • John P. Freeman Optional School, Shelby County Schools
  • Kenwood Middle School, Clarksville-Montgomery County Schools
  • Lenoir City Intermediate School, Lenoir City Schools
  • Northview Primary School, Sevier County Schools
  • Rose Park Math and Science Magnet, Metro Nashville Public Schools
  • William H. Brewster Elementary, Shelby County Schools