The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) field is widely seen as the field of the future. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Employment Projections program, by 2028 STEM jobs’ employment is projected to grow by 8.8% while healthcare jobs that require STEM skills will grow higher as well. Non-STEM jobs, on the other hand will only grow by 5%. With this backdrop, it is important that all students are provided access and opportunities to receive quality STEM education. However only 8% of STEM teachers were black in 2019 and Blacks adults state that they are not welcomed in STEM professions. The article in this link below discusses possible ways to ensure that black and minority students are prepared for future STEM jobs. https://wordinblack.com/2022/11/stem-is-the-future-how-do-we-get-black-kids-involved/
The State Board of Education during its July 8, 2020 meeting approved the establishment of Eagle Collegiate Academy Charter School.
Eagle Collegiate Academy’s “ECA” founding team is very excited that ECA will answer the need of children and their families in the communities of Santa Clarita Valley, Antelope Valley, San Fernando Valley and surrounding areas for a public college and career preparatory International Baccalaureate (IB) World school that approaches teaching and learning holistically from the Primary Years Program (PYP), to the Middle Years Program (MYP) and to the Diploma Program (DP). Our faculty and board are elated that our four-year passionate endeavor to bring the unique benefits of these programs to our community has been rewarded. ECA’s selection of Spanish and Korean in its World Languages program is especially well aligned to the interests and desires of our community. Eagle Collegiate Academy will open with Pre-K to 3rd grade in the Fall of 2021.
Eagle Collegiate Academy will empower students to become self-confident, egalitarian and authentic global citizens prepared for 21st century careers and responsibilities. ECA encourages each student to develop talents and interests as an independent-minded person among a diverse body of students, parents and faculty who together embark on a continuous lifelong learning process. Students will participate in a rigorous, college preparatory program that is characterized by low student-teacher ratios, an extended day for academic enrichment, frequent assessments to monitor student progress, and a series of intensive interventions that are focused on quickly accelerating the learning of scholars who are performing far below grade level. ECA will use data-driven differentiated personalized instruction and innovative curriculum to ensure that students experience the discipline and excitement of academics, the pride of developing personal character and integrity, the creative opportunities provided by the arts and extracurricular activities, the rigor and pleasure of athletics, and an awareness of, respect for and involvement with the community in which they live which allows them to graduate college and career ready with a deep understanding of the relationships among disciplines.
About California Public Charter Schools: a public charter school is a publicly funded, public school open to any student in the state of California. California’s legislature approved provision for the creation of public charter schools in order to accelerate and increase the drive for competition, excellence, and continuous improvement in the state’s free, public educational system.