During the 2019-2020 school year, The STEM Academy at GHS will serve 9th - 11th grade students in a school-within-a-school model and The STEM Academy at CHHS will serve 9th grade students. STEM is integrated in all 4 core courses with a strong emphasis on the engineering design process and design thinking. STEM students may participate in any electives and extracurricular activities available at GHS or CHHS as long as there is space in their schedule. All STEM students are required to enroll in advanced classes and a career course all 4 years of high school.


By 2026, major American companies will need to add nearly 1.6 million employees to their workforce.

Currently, at least 20 percent of U.S. jobs require a high level of knowledge in any one stem field.

STEM education in GCISD is focused on the process of learning through an engineering mindset by applying the engineering design process. Not every student will be an engineer, however, all students can learn to use a growth mindset, look for problems in society, collaborate to find multiple solutions to those problems and communicate their solutions.


STEM in GCISD provides a rigorous pathway that inspires students to problem solve, innovate, take risks, create, work collaboratively, design, communicate effectively, and take ownership of their learning by  making authentic real­ world connections through the integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics across content areas in preparation for future college and career opportunities that will empower them to envision solutions for global issues.

In The Classroom

SS is the “why” of Engineering, without a societal need, engineering does not have a problem to solve

Science and Math is the “what” and “how” of engineering, this is the core of engineering

ELA is the “how” of learning and communicating


9th Grade:

  • must have credit for Algebra I by the end of the 2017-18 school year
  • Will take AP social studies and Pre-AP core courses

10th Grade:

  • Will take AP social studies and science as well as Pre-AP English and mathematics

11th and 12th Grade

  • Will take STEM AP Capstone - Seminar(11th) and Research (12th)

What does STEM look like in the classroom?

Based on its extensive experience, and supported by research on content and best practices in education, such as the National Research Council’s A Framework for K–12 Science Education: Practices, Crosscutting Concepts, and Core Ideas, Carnegie Science Center has determined that high-quality PreK–12 STEM education consists of the following essential components:

  • Inquiry-based education: Integrating the most effective, research-based teaching strategies that use curiosity and inquiry as guiding principles.
  • Integrated curriculum: Presenting curriculum in science, math, technology, engineering, literacy, art, and other content areas in an integrated fashion. The real world is not siloed by subject content. Education should not be either.
  • Project-based group learning: Engaging students in solving real-world problems, which encourage them to use 21st century skills such as teamwork, communication, creativity, innovation, problem-solving, and critical thinking.
  • Career awareness: Exposing students to an array of STEM-related jobs through interaction with STEM professionals. Students learn how science and math concepts apply to the work environment
  • For more information visit: http://tx.stemrc.com/

Engineering Design Process

Frequently Asked Questions

Can my student participate in electives at GHS and STEM?

Yes, all electives, are available to STEM students.

My child is identified as a GT student, is STEM the right place for them?

Through design thinking, differentiation, and learner centered instruction, a variety of student needs are met.  Additionally, STEM teachers are GT trained and work closely with the AVID program to make sure all students have the opportunity to succeed.

My child is NOT a GT student, is STEM the right place for them?


How do I get my child into STEM? (Application Process)

The application will be posted to the GCISD website in February

What is design thinking?

Design thinking is a problem solving process used to guide student thinking and learning.  In STEM we use an engineering design process to guide students as they problem solve, innovate, take risks, create, work collaboratively, design, communicate effectively, and take ownership of their learning.

Is the content in STEM different than a traditional classroom?

No, the content in STEM is the exact same as in a traditional classroom. How students learn will be different as we use design thinking to guide our learning.

What characteristics does a STEM student have?

STEM students contain many excellent qualities. A few examples are: hard working, like to collaborate and are willing to make mistakes as they learn