Fifth Grade Parents interested in Dearborn Schools’ STEM Progam for middle school, please read below from the STEM school administration.
To all 5th grade parents that have an interest in their child attending STEM next year: Please review the following established process. Keep in mind that STEM is a Magnet school located on the Dearborn Heights Campus with the Michael Berry Career Center. This means that all parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school. Our start and end times are aligned to high school times, 7:15 am – 2:15 pm.
There is no enrollment process for our new 6th grade class. Instead, we will be sending out invitations to the top 120 5th grade students in the district and asking them to apply. If your student is in district, but not a DPS student, there will be an application posted on our blog (https://stem.dearbornschools.org/) mid-February .
We have set a minimum NWEA reading score of 222 and a minimum NWEA math score of 231 as our baseline (winter 2020 5th grade scores). In addition, students will need to have earned a 3 or a 4 on their 4th grade math and reading M-STEP tests. However, having these minimum scores does not mean that a student will receive an invitation. The top 120 students may very well achieve beyond these minimum scores. Invitations to apply will be mailed home sometime in March.
For a non-DPS student that applies, his/her application will be ranked with the 120 invitations that we send home to DPS students. If s/he ranks in the top 120, s/he will be emailed an invitation letter and be asked to email his/her interest in attending in the Fall. If s/he does not rank in the top 120, s/he will not receive a final invitation. Again, meeting the minimum scores does not guarantee acceptance.
Once the 120 students have responded to their invitations, if we have more than 60 students “accept”, there will be a lottery.