Inspiring a Life-Long Love of STEM Learning
Clear Creek ISD is dedicated to preparing and inspiring generations of life-long learners to meet the challenges of a global society through critical thinking in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The District believes the definition of a STEM education is an interdisciplinary approach to learning that removes the traditional barriers separating the four disciplines of science, technology, engineering, and math and integrates them into real-world, rigorous, and relevant learning experiences for students. (Vasquez, Sneider, and Comer, 2013)
Not just for the Gifted and Talented, students are provided with early opportunities to explore and develop their interests and solve real-world problems. They are challenged to be innovative, self-directed and to learn from their mistakes. The E-STEM magnet schools have an increased focus on engineering through basic design applications and technology that is infused throughout the entire curriculum. Through the development of self-efficacy, students are taught that mistakes lead to learning and the ability to redesign.
In addition to the zoned students, extra spaces are available for incoming kindergarten students who are within the District boundaries but outside both campuses’ attendance zones. These spaces are chosen through a lottery system and informational sessions begin as early as April annually. Interested families must fill out an application to be included in the lottery. For students in first through fifth grade, transfer requests are considered as space allows. See Student Transfers and CCISD Policy FDA/FDB (LOCAL) for more information.
All E-STEM students receive the Clear Creek ISD curriculum following state guidelines (TEKS: Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). Unique to the E-STEM Magnet program, STEM learning practices are infused into all subjects including language arts, physical education, art, and music to encourage students to think critically and solve real-world problems. The curriculum is designed to provide students with high-interest connections in science and engineering.
In addition to following state guidelines, the students will engage in teacher-guided, student-led exploratory activities. These activities provide curriculum extensions, opportunities for open-ended problem solving, and real-world connections. As the program expands, there is a focus to integrate writing, math, and reading into the engineering block.
The E-STEM Magnet program is an enriched learning environment that extends beyond the classroom. For those not zoned to the magnet campuses and considering applying, the program is best suited for families that support the integration of science, technology, engineering, and math into the school curriculum. In addition, families should enjoy participating in their student’s educational journey and support the exploration of STEM activities at home.
Not just for the Gifted and Talented, a strong student candidate enjoys exploring real-world problems and creating unique solutions, has an interest in science, and likes to communicate and collaborate with others through written and verbal expression.
CCISD believes this combination of family and student interest maximizes the student’s ability and continued commitment to STEM-focused learning. Students enrolled in the E-STEM Magnet School are expected to remain in the program through the elementary grades.
Enrollment in the E-STEM Magnet School does not guarantee placement in the Science Magnet Program at Brookside and Seabrook intermediate schools.
For families of students accepted into the program in kindergarten via the lottery, any younger siblings will automatically be accepted into the program upon entering kindergarten. Parents must notify the school and fill out a transfer request. This policy is only for E-STEM students entering the kindergarten lottery, not for later grade transfers.
The Application Process for Non-Zoned, Incoming Kindergarten Families
The E-STEM Magnet Program is offered at two CCISD elementary school campuses - Ed White and Walter Hall. The program accepts kindergarten students who live outside these campuses' attendance zones through a lottery system each school year. The application process opens in April and the application deadline is mid-May. The lottery selection for each school is conducted the week after applications close.
Students are allowed to apply for both the Ed White and Hall lotteries. If accepted to both, the family may decide which campus to attend.
If your child is accepted in the E-STEM Magnet Program you will need to complete an intra-district transfer request.
All necessary registration procedures must be followed to enroll the student in kindergarten upon acceptance to the program. If a family fails to complete the enrollment process by the due date, their spot within the program will be forfeited.
Transfer Applications for Incoming First-Fifth Grade Families
Sometimes students join the District in first grade missing the incoming kindergarten application season or a student's interest is piqued after hearing about the program from friends.
Due to these scenarios, the District allows incoming first through fifth-grade students to apply for a transfer into one of the programs through a first-come, first-served transfer request as space allows. The transfer application process opens at the start of March annually.
Clear Creek ISD does not provide transportation for students not zoned to the E-STEM Magnet campuses. Non-zoned families are responsible for drop-off and pick-up of their students at the applicable times via the car rider line.
Transportation is provided for the zoned families living within the Ed White and Walter Hall boundaries. For more information about transportation services see Bus Transportation.
School starts at 7:55 a.m. Students riding the bus are released at 3:15 p.m. Car rider students are released at 3:20 p.m.
Continued Assessment for the Program: E-STEM students are assessed using the same assessment measures as all CCISD students. This includes the Benchmark Assessment System (BAS), Developmental Reading Assessment and Observation Survey (DRA), standardized tests (STAAR), Curriculum-Based Assessments (CBA), curriculum benchmarks, and other formative assessments.
Please note that, in accordance with CCISD policy, a student transfer may be revoked whenever the principal establishes that a student has been truant, fails to maintain satisfactory conduct, fails to maintain passing grades and/or fails to be punctual.