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Models and Examples: Washington STEM Lighthouse Schools

Washington STEM Lighthouse Schools provide technical assistance and advice to other schools and communities in the initial stages of creating a learning environment focused on STEM. They 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 (STEM) delivered through a project-based instructional approach; and
  • Active partnerships with businesses and the local community to connect learning beyond the classroom.

STEM Lighthouse Schools originated in 2010 with the Legislature's passage of House Bill 2621. The bill directs OSPI to designate as many as three middle and three high schools each year as lighthouse schools. The designated schools must have proven experience and be recognized as model programs. Awards include a grant of up to $20,000.

STEM Lighthouse Schools

2020 STEM Lighthouse Schools

  • Franklin Pierce High School (Tacoma)
  • Perry G. Keithley Middle School (Tacoma)
  • Stratton Elementary (Newport)
  • Pioneer Elementary School (Gig Harbor)

2019 STEM Lighthouse Schools

  • Colton School (Colton)
  • Goldendale High School (Goldendale)
  • Jenkins Junior/Senior High (Chewelah)
  • Northwood Middle School (Mead)
  • Science and Math Institute (Tacoma)
  • Skamania Elementary (Skamania)

2018 STEM Lighthouse Schools

  • Elma High School (Elma)
  • Onalaska High School (Onalaska)
  • Henrietta Lacks (HeLa) Health and Bioscience High School (Vancouver)

2017 STEM Lighthouse Schools:

  • Lopez School District (Lopez Island)
  • Brownsville Elementary (Bremerton)
  • Rochester School District (Rochester)
  • Everett School District (Everett)
  • Eatonville School District (Eatonville)
  • Technology Access Foundation Academy (Seattle)

2016 STEM Lighthouse Schools

  • Battle Ground High School (Battle Ground)
  • Cleveland STEM High School (Seattle)
  • Medical Lake School District (Medical Lake)
  • Spokane School District (Seattle)
  • Spanaway Middle School (Spanaway)
  • Sultan High School (Sultan)

2015 STEM Lighthouse Schools

  • East Farms STEAM Elementary (Newman Lake)
  • Martin Sortun Elementary (Kent) 
  • Saghalie Middle School (Federal Way)
  • Spokane Valley Tech (Spokane Valley)
  • Vancouver iTech Prep (Vancouver)
  • Weyerhaeuser Elementary (Eatonville)

2014 STEM Lighthouse Schools

  • Riverpoint Academy (Spokane)
  • Cascade K-8 Community School (Shoreline)
  • Toppenish Middle School (Toppenish)
  • Tesla STEM High School (Redmond)
  • Lakeside High School (Nine Mile Falls)
  • Columbia Crest A-STEM Academy (Eatonville)
  • Franklin Pierce High School (Tacoma)

2013 STEM Lighthouse Schools

  • Bremerton High School (Bremerton)
  • Delta High School (Kennewick)
  • San Juan School District (Friday Harbor)
  • Stevens Elementary School (Aberdeen)
  • West Hills STEM Academy (Bremerton)
  • West Valley Junior High School (Yakima)
  • WF West High School (Chehalis)