The Help Group's STEM3 Academy (pronounced STEM Cubed Academy), the first school in the nation to provide a STEM curriculum to students with special needs located in Valley Village, CA, is launching a K-12 school in Culver City, CA and a middle school program in Sherman Oaks, CA for the 2017-18 academic year.
The expansion is part of a bigger initiative called STEM3 and comes on the heels of a successful first two years, community demand, and a global need for STEM talent.
STEM3 Academy offers a comprehensive and integrated college preparatory curriculum, focusing on the long-term development, strength and needs of each student.
Many of these students are bright, have a passion for STEM fields and benefit from nontraditional teaching methods, such as project-based learning.
"Our STEM3 initiative provides a powerful early STEM education for students K-12 with a therapeutic residential option, vocational training for young adults, community events for families, and conferences and workshops for educators," says Dr. Susan Berman, COO of The Help Group.
"We're focused on developing strategies and programs for young people with special needs that encourage inclusion and a passion for STEM."
According to Dr. Ellis Crasnow, Director of STEM³ Academy and STEM Education at The Help Group;
"There is a high demand and need for qualified STEM talent, and a STEM education is the key to remaining competitive in a global economy. Our students have exceptional talents, and our goal is to develop those gifts into excellences while supporting their unique needs."
According to the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35% of students on the spectrum choose a STEM major in comparison to 23% of the general population.
"We want to help nurture those natural talents early on," says Crasnow.
Founded in 1975, The Help Group is the largest, most innovative and comprehensive nonprofit of its kind in the United States serving children, adolescents and young adults with special needs related to autism spectrum disorder, learning disabilities, ADHD, developmental delays, abuse and emotional challenges. www.thehelpgroup.org