A mark of distinction.
We are pleased to announce that, after two years of focused effort shown by our students, parents, teachers, administrative staff, and corporate partners, Victory World Christian School’s STEM program has earned the AdvancED STEM Certification. This designation assures VWCS parents that their child attends an institution that not only delivers a high standard of education, but maintains that standard as determined by the premier authority on institutional certification.
STEM programs are highly valued in today’s educational environment. “It is widely known with the rapid development of science and technology in our age that students are required to fulfill tasks in the real world, combine theory and practice and improve creative problem-solving skills, rather than passively being involved in a cross-disciplinary curriculum. STEM education has developed in response to these needs.” (Impacts of the project based (PBL) science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education on academic achievement and career interests of vocational high school students. Pegem Journal of Education and Instruction. Mustafa, C. 2018)
VWCS is an AdvancED STEM Christian elementary school in Norcross, Georgia. Offering STEM education to our elementary and middle school students prepares them for the challenges of high school and university curriculums. Students’ STEM experiences will foster critical thinking and elevated problem-solving skills, giving them a competitive edge at an early age. It also prepares them for success in a variety of growing and rewarding career fields.
An increasing number of careers require superior mathematical and scientific knowledge and ability. Supporting this fact, the U.S. Department of Commerce reported that STEM graduates earn more than their non-STEM counterparts. As mentioned above, students who experience project-based learning (PBL) in STEM programs tend to have well developed critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and obtain hands-on experience not typically found in a traditional classroom setting. Adding to that point, a STEM program education, which is well-known to have particular emphasis on engineering and science, “is associated with significant science content gains by elementary students, and these gains exceeded those achieved when the same teachers used their school or district’s status quo science curricula. Students learned science content knowledge and practiced engineering design even though their teachers did not allocate an additional time block specifically for engineering. Therefore, our study’s findings suggest that engineering design-based science instruction can be an effective and engaging method of science education.” (Engineering design-based science, science content performance, and science attitudes in elementary school. Journal of Engineering Education. Wendell, K. B., & Rogers, C. 2013).
Not only does a STEM education promote high level knowledge and ability – that apply to some of the most sought after occupations of today – STEM education also produces “workers who help drive our nation’s innovation and competitiveness by generating new ideas and new companies.” (STEM: Good Jobs Now and for the Future. Jobs: 2017 Update. U.S. Department of Commerce. Noonan, R. 2017)
VWCS establishes an environment that boosts a strong interest in lifelong learning and instills the drive to push beyond personal learning comfort zones.
As described on the AdvancED website, the “AdvancED STEM Certification is a mark of distinction and excellence that provides institutions and programs within institutions a research-based framework and criteria for awareness, continuous improvement and assessment of the quality, rigor and substance of their STEM educational programs.”
Please take a look at the STEM portion of our website. If you have any questions, feel free to call us at 678-684-2030 or email our STEM Coordinator, Ms. Sophia Chin, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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