STEM Virtual School at East High School
In 2012, SCS used Race to the Top funding and leveraged additional Career & Technical Education (CTE) funding to renovate East’s underutilized Career & Technology classroom space to serve as evening and Saturday laboratory space for the District’s innovative STEM Virtual School. The STEM Virtual School’s students are not included in East’s or the T-STEM Academy’s enrollment, instead the students maintain their enrollment in their registered home schools.
The T-STEM Academy is one of many high quality optional school options for high school students within Shelby County Schools. As a result, participation in the Virtual School allows students to maintain their enrollment in the school of their primary enrollment (SCS only) while benefitting from some of the experiences available to students in the T-STEM Academy. You get the best of both worlds! There are four dedicated instructional staff at East High School that teach in the Virtual School. Virtual School students select to participate in Tract IV in either of the pathways listed.
Families commit to students attending the Virtual School after school, on average, once per week, for hands-on labs and activities and these motivated students complete assignments on their own schedules. . Students in the STEM Virtual School are racially and ethnically diverse and are enrolled in 17 separate SCS high schools, including several at a distance of more than 15 miles from East High School.
In addition, we are exploring options to offer AP and Dual Enrollment courses to Virtual School students to augment student’s opportunities to take rigorous courses while maintaining enrollment in their home schools.