Affton Named Top STEM HS

Affton Named Among Newsweek's Top STEM HS
Posted on 11/11/2019
Affton Named Among Newsweek's Top STEM HSAffton High School has been named one of Newsweek’s Top STEM High Schools in America, honoring its excellence in teaching science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Newsweek announced its top schools on Nov. 8 to coincide with National STEM Day.

Overall, Affton is ranked in the Top 5,000 public and private high schools for STEM education in the United States. When looking at just public and charter schools (which are also public schools), Affton was named in the Top 23% nationally out of more than 21,000 public high schools in the country.

In Missouri, only 81 public and private high schools made Newsweek's list. The list includes schools in every region of the country that offer skilled teachers who keep up with developments in these fields and who create dynamic learning environments to engage their students. 

The top 5,000 schools were curated from Educational ResearchTM (SER) using a proprietary scoring logic that took into consideration a broad set of quantitative and qualitative data inputs collected from Q2 2015–Q3 2019. The purpose was to determine which primary/secondary institutions in America best offer students experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) - as defined by the Congressional Research Service - while preparing them for post-secondary outcomes. Additional factors, including affluence and median household income, were taken into consideration in compiling the rankings.

Affton High School is home to robust STEM programs, including four-year pathways in biomedical science, computer science, and engineering that lead to capstone courses working with mentors or leaders in related industries. These programs are nationally certified through Project Lead the Way (PLTW), a national organization that provides STEM education programs. Affton High School has earned recognition as a national PLTW Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW courses. Additionally, Affton School District has been recognized as one of just 21 school districts nationwide as a PLTW Distinguished District.

Affton students also have the unique opportunity to experience profession-based learning in Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing, Medicine, Healthcare & Bioscience, and Technology Solutions & Logistics through the St. Louis Centers for Advanced Professional Studies (STL CAPS). And, thanks to a partnership with South Technical High School, students have access to 26 career and technical education (CTE) majors allowing students to explore their career interests while earning industry certifications, as well as college and high school credit.
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