In line with Peachtree Ridge Cluster's vision of One Ridge, the cluster continues to leverage the engineering design process to create a community of thinkers, K-12. Additional STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math) access for all students through the ASPIRE program, grades K-5, INSPIRE, grades 6-8, and SPIRE (STEM Program for Innovation, Rigor, and Excellence), grades 9-12, reduces variability between the classes for some 9500 students at the seven schools - Burnette ES, Jackson ES, Mason ES, Parsons ES, Hull MS, Northbrook MS, and Peachtree Ridge HS.
Additionally, all schools are working toward/ have received their GA Department of Education (DOE) STEM certification. A huge shout out to Mason ES who recently celebrated this prestigious honor. Cluster-wide literacy, math, and STEM vertical teams provide a powerful focus on common vocabulary and rigor expectations throughout this large cluster.
Whether it is Mason's Hydroponics lab, Burnette's Innovation Lab and Maker Space/ Imagination Creation Station, Jackson's focus on coding, Parsons' new robotics' club, embedding a Foundations of Engineering course in the middle school physical science program or providing targeted senior research/internships/ work-based learning experiences, the Peachtree Ridge cluster are creating a new generation of innovators.
Is SPIRE the right fit?
Do you like to…
- Work collaboratively to find solutions to real-life problems?
- Think of new ways to do things or come up with outside of the box ideas?
- Guide your own learning?
- Read stories and articles related to other things that you are learning or that you care about?
- Present your findings in new and different ways?
- Engage in scientific inquiry?
If you answered “yes” to these questions, SPIRE may be for you!