Not Your Traditional High School
MC2 STEM is part of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, one of the most economically challenged school districts in the country, where the average high school graduation rate was just 60 percent in 2011. The school was created through a public-private partnership among a number of organizations, with the intention of providing students with an integrated curriculum that is informed by real-world experiences.
The school serves about 400 students, all of whom are eligible for free or reduced-price meals. Students attend classes at campuses embedded in business and school sites around the city -- the Great Lakes Science Center, Tri-C, Cleveland State University, and various business campuses around the city.
At any given time, you may see freshmen and sophomores immersed in workshops with tutors from NASA or in rigorous capstone projects and mentorship programs with engineers from GE Lighting, or juniors and seniors stepping up to demanding internships at a variety of local businesses.
While STEM is the school's emphasis, teachers cover all subjects required by Ohio's state standards through integrated, transdisciplinary project-based learning. The grading system is based on mastery, meaning that every student is graded on understanding rather than seat time, and students must achieve 90% or above on each learning outcome in order to receive receive credit. There are no enrollment criteria; students are admitted by lottery and they come from every corner of Cleveland.
STEM – Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
The goal of STEM and STEAM schools is to foster intellectual, entrepreneurial and technical talent and design thinking. This is vital to Ohio’s future economic growth and prosperity, which depends on an aligned education system to support the state’s economic development efforts and that helps all Ohio students become innovators and inventors, self-reliant and logical thinkers and technologically proficient problem solvers. The Ohio Department of Education is a partner in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) focused on the infusion of high-level mathematics, technology and science into curriculum, and STEAM, which infuses the arts and design with STEM. Connected work with the Office of Career-Technical Education includes Project Lead The Way, Automated Materials Joining Technology and equalizing career field enrollment among gender, race, ethnicity and special populations.
OHIO STEM School Designation
The Ohio STEM Committee, Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to ensuring each child in Ohio is challenged, prepared and empowered. STE(A)M education provides an opportunity for each child to discover and learn, pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and to become a resilent, lifelong learner who contributes to society.
STE(A)M education is an integrated approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are learned through real-world, project-based experiences. Students use science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities and mathematics concepts to make authentic connections between school, community and work experiences. The Ohio STE(A)M School Designation was created to award and recognize schools that are exemplars of this work.
STE(A)M-designated schools employ highly effective teachers and leaders who meet the needs of the whole child. In addition, these schools have well-established partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, institutes of higher education and other entities in their communities to prepare students for post-high school success.