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Six Schools Named STEM Lighthouse Schools
Will receive $20,000 and serve as mentors to other schools

OLYMPIA – January 29, 2015 – A total of six schools will serve as Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) mentors to other schools in the state.

Known as STEM Lighthouse Schools, the six were recently awarded $20,000 grants each that will promote and develop STEM education, including technical assistance and advice for other elementary, middle, and high schools that are creating their own STEM environments.

The awardees are:

  • East Farms Elementary, East Valley (Spokane) School District
  • Martin Sortun Elementary, Kent School District
  • Saghalie Middle School, Federal Way School District
  • Spokane Valley Tech, Central Valley (Spokane) School District
  • Vancouver iTech Prep, Vancouver School District
  • Weyerhaeuser Elementary, Eatonville School District

“It’s a great honor to be chosen as a lighthouse school,” said Randy Dorn, State Superintendent. “It makes those schools leaders in STEM education. Other schools will look to the six for guidance on how successfully teach STEM.”

STEM Lighthouse schools originated in 2010 with the Legislature’s passage of House Bill 2621. The bill directs the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction to designate lighthouse schools that will “serve as resources and examples of how to combine the following best practices:

  • Small, highly personalized learning communities;
  • An interdisciplinary curriculum with a strong focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics delivered through a project-based instructional approach; and
  • Active partnerships with businesses and the local community to connect learning beyond the classroom.”


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The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is the primary agency charged with overseeing K–12 education in Washington state. Led by State School Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI works with the state’s 295 school districts and nine educational service districts to administer basic education programs and implement education reform on behalf of more than one million public school students.

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