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Science and Math Institute, Tacoma School District

Jon Ketler, Principal
http://tacomaschools.org/Schools/innovative/Pages/Innovative-School-Science-and-Math-Institute-(SAMI).aspx

Grade level: 10–12
Free and Reduced Meals: 42.7%
Year school began to implement innovative practices: 2009


The mission of the Science and Math Institute (SAMi) is to provide a creative path of learning that emphasizes individual expression and growth through science and mathematics as central elements in academic achievement and life-long endeavors. SAMi aims to:

  • Stimulate higher-level thinking and problem solving skills
  • Provide advanced training science and math
  • Prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st century
  • Include experiential and innovative approaches to learning
  • Use both public and private facilities
  • Connect students to the larger community

SAMi creates an inclusive high school learning community that provides integrated, inquiry-based experiences utilizing our natural and community resources, combining science, mathematics, and the arts. SAMi is an all day high school program that includes a full selection of high level science, math, technology, and engineering course work as part of the academic day. The curriculum is college preparatory and project-based, and students typically take eight classes.

Old Capitol Building, PO Box 47200, 600 Washington St. S.E., Olympia, WA  98504-7200  (360) 725-6000  TTY (360) 664-3631
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