STEAM Academy of Dayton is a tuition-free, public charter school of choice for K-8 students. The mission of the STEAM Academy of Dayton is to allow students to become productive global citizens of the world by providing them with a high quality education. What is a “STEAM” education? STEAM combines Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) instruction with an “A” for the Arts.
The STEAM Dayton Academy Board of Director’s Safe School Policy requires that the School Leader provide the School’s Board President a semi-annual written summary “limited to the number of verified acts of harassment, intimidation and bullying, whether in the classroom, on school property, to and from school, or at school sponsored events.” Pursuant to this policy, we are reporting via this letter that your School has had 0 verified acts of harassment, intimidation, and bullying for the entire 2015/2016 school year.
Mission Statement: We believe in our responsibility to partner with parents, creating an ideal environment in which students will have the opportunity to:
- Strive for academic excellence
- Explore a diverse curriculum
- Prepare to succeed in a global environment
- Provide service to a growing community
- Participate in character education, developing a respect for others through exemplary mentorship
- Experience cooperative educational communities in all content areas from fine arts to technology
- Develop into life long learners
Design: We will offer an extended school day and academic year to allow for true mastery rather than cursory coverage of the curriculum.
Curriculum: STEAM Academy of Dayton’s curriculum will combine the rigors of solid skill building in the core content areas of English/Language Arts, Math and Science with our award winning, interdisciplinary humanities and social studies curriculum called Paragon®. The core curriculum will include the nation’s top rated Open Court Reading, SRA Math and Harcourt Brace Science. Students will receive the balance of core courses coupled with the “hands-on” approach of Paragon® that enables them to practically apply what they learn in class.
Technology: To master true computer literacy, students require hands-on access to computers as a tool for authentic learning. DSA will equip each classroom with computers and provide a laptop for each teacher and administrator.
Assessment: The barometers that will gauge the school’s success include higher student standardized test scores, market progress in the quality of performance-based assessments, improved student attendance, and retention as well as enhanced motivation, satisfaction, and morale on the part of students, teachers, and parents.
Secure Environment: Safety is a top priority. STEAM Academy of Dayton will provide an emotionally and physically safe learning environment. We recognize that effective instruction requires an orderly environment focused on learning and that the school must support parents’ efforts to teach their children the principles of excellence. We are committed to providing students with a sense of belonging and a feeling of significance so that they feel safe to learn, to grow, and to thrive.
Teachers: We are committed to hiring, training, and retaining star teachers and talented leaders in educational management. All teachers will be highly qualified, experienced individuals who have a strong sense of purpose and a willingness to challenge themselves as life long learners. Our teachers will compel all students to excel by concentrating on engaging every child in learning and by holding students and themselves to high standards.
Parents: We believe that a close connection between home and school is crucial to student performance. STEAM Academy of Dayton will expect parents to be actively engaged in their children’s education. Because every child needs stability, continuity and a champion who believes in his or her human potential, the Academy will work to foster a close connection between home and school. Specifically, the school will work with parents and others with positive influence to improve attendance, to assist with homework, and to intercede at the first hint of difficulty.