Platinum Schools


Beehive Science and Technology Academy

School Type: Charter

Beehive Science and Technology Academy (BSTA) is a STEM-focused, charter school which uses iPads and other technology aided education tools. We serve around 300 students in grades 6 through 12. BSTA offers courses and extended day activities that promote STEM, including computer science and advanced math courses, STEM expo projects and other STEM related activities. BSTA also prepares students for prestigious STEM competitions such as Robotics, Lego Robotics, MathCounts, Math Matters and state science fairs. College prep courses are offered with particular emphasis on STEM related industries so that Beehive students graduate ready to move on to their next level of education. The main objective is to develop students who possess critical thinking skills, mathematical reasoning, and complex problem-solving abilities, and who will be equipped for college matriculation and work-ready careers in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Project-based learning is at the center of BSTA’s STEM learning and certification programs, leading to increased student engagement, collaborative work ethic, and real-world culminating projects that showcase students’ understanding and acquisition of academic vocabulary, math conceptual mastery, problem-solving/reasoning skills, and computational fluency-automaticity. Every student in the school is issued an iPad that are used extensively in each classroom, as well as for major projects. Each year, all students participate in the Utah STEM Expo hosted by BSTA. iPads are particularly used for this event as students have to design a project, film it, put it on BSTA’s YouTube channel, and then demonstrate it in front of thousands of visitors.

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Bountiful Junior High School

School Type: Public

At Bountiful Junior High School students are engaging in STEM learning experiences through a wide variety of opportunities. All students participate in the STEM – embedded Science, and College and Career Awareness courses. We offer elective courses such as Robotics, STEM exploration (co-taught by math and technology teachers), Engineering Principles, Digital Literacy, and Exploring Computer Science. We also have an after-school robotics competition club that meets twice weekly. Through these and other experiences, we are providing our students with 21st-century skills. Our students inquire, research, analyze, collaborate, communicate, imagine, and solve real-world problems, in a safe and exciting learning environment.

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Crimson View Elementary School

School Designation: Public

At Crimson View Elementary, we would like to develop innovation in every student. We would like to integrate STEM into a cohesive learning paradigm based on real-world applications. We would like to focus on teacher knowledge, student projects, and creating technology rich classrooms. We would like create more opportunities for our students to EXPLORE-CREATE-DISCOVER, our mission statement. We will do this by training teachers to provide more hands on science and engineering opportunities for students and by collaborating with other STEM communities. We would like to train our students to think and solve problems, not regurgitate information. We would like to better prepare our students to enter STEM careers by helping students become more aware of STEM related jobs, discover their talents, develop their passions, and deepen their understanding, to provide a better world for us all. We would like to develop STEM leaders at our school, teaching students that they have a voice in the world by sharing their ideas and projects. We would like students to learn and become proficient at the scientific practices.

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Jennie P. Stewart Elementary School

School Designation: Public

The vision at Jennie P. Stewart Elementary is to provide a learning environment that prepares students to wonder about the world around them, think critically about natural phenomenon and global problems, create solutions, and communicate ideas effectively. Through an increasingly integrated approach to instruction students are given opportunities to learn and apply their knowledge more authentically. At Stewart Elementary, the thinking process is valued as much as the end the final product. Science and engineering practices, math practices, crosscutting concepts, and content standards guide our approach to STEM education.

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New Bridge School

School Type: Public

Students at New Bridge School will be fully immersed in STEM focused, Project -Based Learning on a daily basis. We actively seek out higher ed, community and industry partners to support this process and intentionally work to integrate them into their school so that our students can more easily make real-world connections to the content they are learning in their classrooms. Our students don’t solve Math, Science or Engineering problems, they use Math, Science and Engineering to solve the problems around us. Using this format we bring a high level of relevancy to the skills that we are helping our students master.

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Odyssey Elementary School

School Type: Public

The school is centered around the themes of bodies in motion and the animal kingdom – with each wing named for a different movement that creatures use. Those movements are jumping, running, flying, and swimming.

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Vae View Elementary

School Type: Public

We want to prepare today’s children for tomorrow’s positions in STEM careers.

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Westridge Elementary

School Type: Public

We believe in promoting the critical thinking skills that STEM incorporates. As a platinum designated school, we believe that with the next steps we have taken will support the community involvement that we believe in. We analyze local problems and connect them to our science core. Through the engineering design cycle we look for ways to solve these local problems and present ideas and learning to local officials. We believe in making learning real, and providing students with opportunities to see how their learning makes a difference now, not just in the future.

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Windridge Elementary School

School Type: Public

The STEM Vision for Windridge Elementary School is to provide opportunities for students to engage in unique, meaningful STEM experiences. These learning opportunities focus on exploration, discovery, and sense-making of scientific phenomena, technology, and math. Our implementation includes quality, cutting-edge tools, and technology that create a platform for best practices in teaching. We instill the development of 21st-century skills in our students, including problem-solving, collaboration, and critical thinking. We strive to create an environment where all students, regardless of race or gender, feel included and represented in STEM careers and exploration. Our vision is to create learning experiences that reach beyond the walls of the classroom and cultivate curious minds while engaging learners in all curriculum areas. We also strive to incorporate creative thinking and intuition with science through the integration of art. We utilize STEM as a way to cultivate a growth mindset in every student, encouraging their ability to make and learn from mistakes, emphasizing the importance of perseverance, recognizing the value of hard work and goal setting. The vision for STEM learning at Windridge goes beyond classroom learning and strives to develop character and skills that will prepare children for the future and the innovations and challenges it holds.

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Bonneville Academy

School Type: Charter

Bonneville Academy will foster critical thinking and problem solving skills in a challenging, student-centered environment by encouraging exploration in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). We are preparing students for success in our ever-changing, dynamic world.

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Canyon Creek Elementary

School Type: Public

Our motto: Learning First!

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Cedar North Elementary School

School Designation: Public

According to the collective commitments of North Elementary, “We believe that students can learn at high levels through exploration, inquiry, and using creative ideas to solve real-world problems.” This describes the STEM vision for our school. We pursue this using as much science integration as possible and engaging students with hands-on science and engineering problem solving activities.

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Endeavor Elementary School

School Designation: Public

The purpose of Endeavour Elementary is to promote the mission of learning first for all. To accomplish our purpose, we will support priority skills for every student in every grade level in the areas of reading, writing, math, and technology with science integrated throughout. We also promote civic responsibility and accountability through school wide procedures and positive behavior reinforcement.

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Mountainville Academy

School Type: Charter

We are passionate about STEM education at Mountainville Academy! We want to build a broad STEM culture for our students because we recognize that every child is capable of learning based on their individual needs. We are aware that solid instruction and differentiation will allow us to integrate better STEM teaching into our existing curriculum. By doing this, it will increase academic performance and make a difference in the lives of the young people at our school.

We are intensifying the use of technology at our school and continue to train our teachers to better stay up with the ever changing technological world we live in. We brought in Leslie Fisher, an expert in technology, for a day of training before school started this year. We have four elementary teachers that are currently in an elementary STEM endorsement cohort and are so excited about what they are learning. We added two middle school STEM related classes to our middle school offerings this year. One is a Simply Coding class that students are loving and the other is IT Repair where our 9th grades receive certification when completed. Our computer teacher received training in order to teach the IT repair class. We also offer an Explorer Tech class in middle school that one of our science teachers teach that is a very popular class.

Our big picture goal is to enhance our students’ future lives and help them to be college and career ready, hopefully in a STEM related field.

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Northern Utah Academy of Math, Engineering, and Science

School Type: Charter

Northern Utah Academy of Math, Engineering & Science (NUAMES) is an early college charter high school that works in partnership with Weber State University. We specialize in preparing the students for an early transition into a university baccalaureate program in fields related to math, engineering, or science. We offer many of the benefits of a private school education at a tuition-free public high school.

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Shadow Valley Elementary

School Type: Public

Shadow Valley Eagles will persevere to achieve college and career readiness by developing the skills of critical thinking, communication, collaboration, and creativity. We will explore career options as we learn STEM collaboration and communication skills. We will help our school, the community, and the world, by sharing our knowledge and making less waste.

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West Bountiful Elementary

School Type: Public

West Bountiful Elementary students are problem solvers, innovators, critical thinkers, and leaders, in not only our community but also our world! Every student, every day will wonder, think critically, collaborate, and communicate their thoughts in all subject areas and in all grade-levels. Our classrooms strive to create students who are self-motivated, competent, lifelong learners who persevere even when tasks are challenging. As the roles of science, mathematics, and technology grow in our society, education must prepare students to thrive in a highly complex world. West Bountiful Elementary will provide a challenging learning environment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, which maximizes individual potential and ensures students are well equipped to meet the challenges in the world around them.

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Willow Elementary School

School Type: Public

STEM has been the most amazing thing for our school. Students collaborate together and never give up. They are so engaged and focused. Our vision is for all of our students to be the best that they can be. We strive to i create a welcoming and safe environment conducive to learning, where students obtain high levels of achievement through individualized goal setting and monitoring of data and progress. Our whole staff and community are supportive of STEM being integrated in our school. It is so exciting to see. This year we want to have even more parent and community involvement. We want our students to be risk takers and problem solvers. We want them to be prepared for the future and be the leaders of tomorrow. The halls and classrooms are an exciting and fun place to be because powerful learning and collaboration take place everyday.

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Gold Schools


Creekview Elementary

School Type: Public

The stakeholders at Creekview Elementary are passionate about having their students engage in rigorous hands-on STEM learning projects. It is imperative that students learn critical thinking skills as they collaborate with one another. Keeping the enthusiasm for learning by providing projects that enable them to explore are vital. One critical aspect of STEM are PBLs. (Problem, Project and Place Based Learning). We will provide students with the opportunity to participate in PBLs as a school and in each grade level.

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Itineris Early College High School

School Type: Charter

As an early college high school with an emphasis in math and science, particularly biotechnology, our curriculum is already STEM oriented. Itineris has already implemented several successful programs to assist students in the transition from high school to higher education as evidenced by our college readiness as indicated by standardized tests and by our graduation rates both in high school and from Salt Lake Community College will the concurrent enrollment courses that we offer. We also have many students going into STEM fields of study. The school is poised to supplement our current instruction with initiatives that will widen the STEM focus to be more systemic within the entire curriculum. Increased ties to STEM fields in all subjects will give students are better knowledge of opportunities available to them given each students unique interests and talents. With SLCC as our education partner, we have fostered strong relationships with math and science departments. We offer concurrent enrollment courses both on our campus and on the college campus. We administer our courses to mirror those being offered at the college to provide a seamless college experience, especially in our math and science fields. In addition, students have the opportunity to access a SLCC/community partnership, InnovaBio, once they have completed an introduction to biotechnology concurrent enrollment course. InnovaBio is a partnership between local biotechnology companies and SLCC educators to provide students hands-on internship experience in the biotechnology field.

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Diamond Valley Elementary School

School Type: Public

Diamond Valley Elementary is committed to the principles of STEM education. All of our teachers have a shared commitment to help each student succeed and they do this by participating on multiple PLCs within the school. For example, there is a grade level PLC for each grade level. In addition, we have cross-grade level PLC teams where our K-2 teachers meet and our 3-5 teachers meet and they share students during RTI time. Furthermore, our school has an ALP (Advanced/Accelerated Learning Program) and our ALP teachers also have their own PLC team. Through the work of consistent collaboration, the students’ needs are always being addressed. Several of our teachers are currently participating in the STEM Endorsement through Dixie State University. We also have several more teachers on the waitlist to begin the endorsement as well. Our school has strong community partnerships where community businesses/partners come into the school to host a parent night called, “STEM Career Family Night” which is a great opportunity for students to get excited about what the future holds for them in the way of potential careers. It also helps the parents connect to the things that the students are learning at in school.

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Woodruff Elementary School

School Type: Public

Woodruff Elementary’s vision for STEM education is to ensure that each student has a world-class foundation in STEM skills that will allow them to have access to all STEM paths in their future education and careers. We are committed to hands on, real-world learning experiences when instructing students in STEM areas. Through these activities our students will gain the necessary skills of reflection, creativity, collaboration, leadership and critical thinking that will enable them to become the STEM innovators of the future.

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Silver Schools


Green Acres Elementary School

School Type: Charter

The Green Acres mission is to “educate children to be productive, healthy, responsible citizens who enjoy learning and life.” Our STEM emphasis is intended to provide engaging instruction and experiences to meet student learning objectives in the Utah State Common Core Standards, develop STEM literacy- meaning our students will understand each of the STEM disciplines and its role in modern society, our students will view themselves as capable of learning and doing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. They will also have the necessary 21st-century skills to be successful learners Kindergarten through 12th grade. They will have the confidence, capability, and desire to complete post-high school college or vocational training and secure meaningful career opportunities. Our STEM emphasis is a bridge between current science standards, engineering concepts, and current research in anticipation of changes to Utah state science standards. As Green Acres educators we will participate in professional development to continually improve our instructional practices, knowledge base and confidence to learn along with our students. We will work collaboratively to ensure each student’s success and our school’s success.

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Quest Academy

School Designation: Charter

Quest Academy is a technology-focused charter school for grades K-9 in West Haven, Utah. Our mission is to provide students a challenging, technology-rich environment, enabling young citizens to become leaders prepared for the challenges of an evolving global community. Quest Academy offers a high quality, individualized learning experience, coupled with a positive learning environment by teachers who care and truly know students and their needs. The school’s commitment to a technology-rich environment does not just mean more computers; the technology is embedded in the curriculum to allow each student to meet state curriculum and core subject standards.

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Utah Virtual Academy

School Type: Charter

Our STEM vision here at Utah Virtual Academy is to broaden the teacher approach to STEM subjects from kindergarten through high school graduation. In addition to highlighting for students how STEM subjects permeate our daily lives, our teachers work with each other to show that STEM is present in all areas of education at our school. We foster a diverse community of students and parents who participate in monthly in-person STEM centered activities like engineering design challenges and field trips. Students also attend virtual STEM clubs run by teachers. In addition, starting this academic year our school is hosting a CTE/career academy program that will give high school students an option for practical application of the STEM skills learned earlier in their education. Our goal is to educate well rounded students who will graduate with a greater appreciation for STEM regardless of whether or not they choose to pursue a STEM-related career.

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Hillcrest Elementary School

School Type: Public

Hillcrest Elementary’s vision for STEM education is to ensure that each student has a world-class foundation in STEM skills that will allow them to have access to all STEM paths in their future education and careers. We are committed to hands on, real-world learning experiences when instructing students in STEM areas. Through these activities our students will gain the necessary skills of reflection, creativity, collaboration, leadership and critical thinking that will enable them to become the STEM innovators of the future.

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Sunrise Ridge Intermediary School

School Type: Public

Our vision for Sunrise Ridge Intermediate School is to implement STEM learning activities that 1) engage students in learning, 2) encourage students to explore how STEM can help them in their everyday lives and their careers, 3) provide opportunities for students to use these skills to connect with and contribute to their communities and the world. Along with our STEM program, we recognize the importance of students developing literacy in Language Arts. We understand how the creative process and self-discipline acquired in Arts programs can enhance STEM programs. Our College and Career Awareness programs align with the activities in STEM, and we emphasize the importance of physical fitness and health in all aspects of life. In summary, we are focused on developing the “whole child” and see the implementation of STEM as essential in ensuring high levels of learning for every student and preparing them to have rich and rewarding lives in the 21st Century.

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Sunset Elementary

School Type: Public

Sunset Elementary is committed to providing students with opportunities that will build essential skills for success in life. Our world is ever evolving and it is difficult to fully understand what education, and the job market will look like twenty years from now. Although, there are skills that continue to stand the test of time, and have been important factors throughout our history the ability to communicate, collaborate, be creative, and think critically. Learning must allow for making connections to the larger world that awaits our students. Through collaboration amongst our team of teachers, families within the school community, partners in the field, and of course the involvement of our students in this process. Teaching the why’s behind the work we will accomplish within the walls of our school will make the learning more meaningful, and will engage our students in the world that awaits them.

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Valley View Elementary School

School Designation: Public

Our STEM vision for Valley View Elementary is to create an intentional, systematic approach to teaching science, technology, engineering, and math through project-based learning focusing on critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication. Our goal is to inspire and engage students to pursue STEM learning as they move on to Jr. High and High school in order to prepare them for the careers of the future.

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Bronze Schools


Arrowhead Elementary School

School Type: Charter

We are doing so many wonderful things that are STEM-related and would qualify for the designation without too much trouble. The application process was started last year and it has actually been very rewarding to work with the teachers and see the great things that are going on at Arrowhead!

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Eastwood Elementary School

School Type: Charter

We aim to provide an engaging STEM learning experience to every student in our school. STEM experiences are embedded in the science course curriculum rather than offered as extra-curricular opportunities, making STEM equitable to all students in our school. Through STEM experiences, we are providing our students with 21st century skills. Our students inquire, collaborate, and solve problems using the nature of science. We strive to create a renewed interest in STEM opportunities by relating classroom activities to actual Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math applications in everyday life. Our curriculum includes using Lego Robots to teach coding and problem solving around robot design challenges, introduction to Forensic Science techniques, including gel electrophoresis, to solve a fictional crime, critically analyzing the benefits, and potential risks of GMO’s in our food supply, and studying climate change by designing windmills and solar panel cars to efficiently use our renewable resources. Our ultimate goal is that our students will leave with imagination and the ability to propose, and find solutions to, problems in the world around them.

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George Washington Academy

School Type: Charter

At George Washington Academy we strive to ‘use high levels of thinking skills.’ This is one of the Desired Results for Student Learning we identified through the accreditation process and is a fundamental aspect of our daily teaching and learning. As a charter school with a focus on academic rigor, we have a heavy emphasis on mathematics and science and our placement for the past two years as a top 10 school in the state in these areas reflects this. However, we believe strongly in a culture of continuous improvement and feel we can improve our students’ educational experience by learning more about ways we can incorporate hands on learning and improve cross curricular instruction. We see the STEM designation as an extension of what we are already doing, and hope that by exposing students to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it and be ready for both college and, later on, a career in a STEM related field. In the 21st century, scientific and technological innovations have become increasingly important as we face the benefits and challenges of both globalization and a knowledge-based economy. By increasing our STEM focus, we also hope to help bridge the ethnic and gender gaps sometimes found in math and science fields and help our students compete globally in the future. While we are new to the STEM designation, we feel we are well prepared for the Gold level and look forward to learning more.

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Paradise Canyon Elementary School

School Type: Public

Our school is rich in tradition and has been around for a long time. We have been using STEM for many years and have teachers that integrate the components in their classrooms daily. Our vision is to have a school where students find a love of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Not only will they learn the skills necessary to have proficiency and growth in classroom and state assessments, but they will be able to apply their skills to their lives.

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Coral Canyon Elementary School

School Type: Public

Our vision for Coral Canyon Elementary School is to provide a challenging learning environment in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), which maximizes individual potential and ensures students are well-equipped to meet the challenges in the world around them. We believe that in order to create this environment, we must join the Maker movement, which celebrates creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship through the design and construction of physical objects. Where much of science education is results-oriented, Making is process-oriented and encourages experimentation and, yes, even failure. While Maker activities may come across as playful and messy, these characteristics are proven to fuel STEM learning, and as Edith Ackermann from MIT has said, “Play is a child’s most serious work.” Where STEM encourages excellence in specific fields, Making encourages the creative exploration and self-discovery of these skills and interests.

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Gearld L. Wright Elementary School

School Designation: Public

At Gearld L. Wright, we prepare our children, as a family of learners, for the future. We mentor students to apply their skills meaningfully, creatively, and positively. Our students will acquire critical thinking and problem-solving skills as we ignite a love of learning through inquiry-based engagement. We strive to develop the unique capacities of each student by fostering a safe learning environment and modeling the inherent rewards of becoming a lifelong learner.

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Horizon Elementary School

School Designation: Public

The STEM vision for our school is to have students engaged in the 21st century skills of critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, and collaboration. Our focus will be a learning model that incorporates science, technology, math, and engineering in all curriculum to help students create solutions to real world problems. All students in kindergarten through fifth grade will have opportunities for exploration, engagement, and leadership as they participate in inquiry-based and problem-based learning.

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Vanguard Academy

School Type: Charter

Vanguard Academy’s mission is to empower our students to excel in college and careers with exceptional math, science and leadership skills, inspired by music and a passion for learning. Our vision is to be highly regarded for academic excellence and contributions to our community through service and innovation. We inspire tomorrow’s leaders!

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Utah STEM Action Center
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