STEM3 Academy, part of The Help Group, is an innovative high school that will open its doors for the first time. Director, Dr. Ellis Crasnow says, “Our school is for bright, curious, technology-driven high school students with social and learning differences, including autism.”
On Monday August 24, 2015 thirty-five students will be transported to the Valley Glen high school, which offers door-to-door transportation for its students throughout Los Angeles County.
Dr. Crasnow says, “STEM3 Academy’s prime goal is to connect the particular strengths of students with social and learning differences, including autism, with an innovative rigorous STEM curriculum positioning students for future success.”
The STEM curriculum—science, technology, engineering, and math—is geared for 9-12th grade students. For its first year, STEM3 Academy is expecting nine freshmen, nine sophomores, a dozen juniors, and four seniors.
Director Crasnow notes that class size is limited to no more than 14 students to a classroom. He says, “The curriculum is rigorous, focuses on the success of students in high school and beyond, and is a 21st Century skills infused curriculum.” This means that STEM3 students will be challenged to think creatively, engage others, and be able to collaborate with team members.
STEM3 Academy students have a natural aptitude for technology and STEM-related activities. They may excel in coding, digital design, image manipulation, robotics, and they generally have superior visual discrimination. Also, where the majority of the population may find repetitious tasks tedious, children with special needs such as autism spectrum disorder are often able to focus strongly on such tasks for long periods of time.
The Academy prepares its students for meaningful careers in engineering, technology, cyber-security, biomedical, programming, and IT as well as many others.
Dr. Crasnow says, “STEM3 Academy is the only one of its kind in the United States and perhaps the world.” And it fits a niche. About 20% of the population has social or learning differences, and 85% of adults with social and learning differences are unemployed or underemployed. Director Crasnow says, “By 2018 there will be 8.65 million STEM jobs available.” STEM3 kids will be in the front ranks for those jobs.
The STEM3 Academy staff and administration have high expectations for their students. Dr. Crasnow expects student experience at the school will be transformative and students will find new possibilities for their future success.
STEM3 Academy is located at 6455 Coldwater Canyon Avenue, Valley Glen, CA 91606. If you’d like to learn more about the school you can contact Dr. Ellis Crasnow at 818-623-6324 or e-mail him at email@example.com.