Genesee STEM Academy Gets Set to Open Doors to Flint Families—and Deliver a State-of-the-Art Education to K-5 Students
Flint, MI, June 25, 2013– Building the next generation of leaders means fostering skills like problem-solving, analytical reasoning, and critical thinking—starting at a young age. Now, families in Flint, Michigan, can take advantage of a new, extended-year public charter school with concrete plans to do just that. Genesee STEM Academy opens its doors on August 5th to 250 Kindergarten to fifth-grade students residing in the Genesee County area. Student registration has currently started and teacher hiring is underway.
Developed in partnership with Kettering University, Ford Motor Body Parts Division, and Sustainable Integration, Genesee STEM Academy acquired its charter authorization on June 18thfrom Saginaw Valley State University. The school is located at 310 West Oakley Street, the former site of Center Academy.
With a focus on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), Genesee STEM Academy brings to Flint a comprehensive, custom-made learning program to prime students for the 21st century. Each student will receive a computer to use daily across all content areas—and benefit from a robust science program that teaches them to think like engineers.
Complementing Genesee’s STEM emphasis is an instructional method based on the latest science of how kids learn. As a core part of its curriculum, the school offers project-based learning—an interdisciplinary approach to teaching through which students apply what they learn to real-world scenarios. This method of teaching, scholars say, cultivates an intrinsic drive to seek knowledge, solve problems, and learn about the world—not just in school but throughout life.
The school’s principal, Harriett Rita Cheek, brings to Genesee STEM Academy more than 30 years of education experience, including stints as a teacher and instructional leader of a magnet school nationally-recognized as a School of Excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math, Wood Creek Magnet School. A native of Detroit, Mrs. Cheek believes strongly in the power of education to transform lives and equip children for success—and is eager to help build the next generation of STEM leaders and innovators in Flint. “Your child is my child,” Mrs. Cheek stated in an introduction letter to families. “I look forward to meeting and working with you as we prepare our children to be great leaders of our society.”
As an extended learning school, Genesee STEM Academy students will receive more time in the classroom. According to the National Association of Education (NAE), year-round schools a real update to an outdated system—and a key to student success: “Most schools in the United States operate on the 10-month calendar that was established when America was still an agrarian country. But times have changed and many people propose doing away with this ‘outdated’ system and moving to ‘year-round education.’”
Genesee STEM Academy also offers a before- and after-care program for working families—plus a state-of-the-art preschool. “We took a hard look at what Flint-based families and students need to thrive in the 21st century, and we packaged it all together in Genesee STEM Academy,” Mrs. Cheek says.
Genesee STEM Academy is currently enrolling students Monday-Friday, 9a.m. to 5p.m. no appointments are necessary.
Genesee STEM Academy will hold an enrollment fair on Saturday, July 13, 2013, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 310 W. Oakley St., Flint, MI, 48503. For more information, contact the school at 810.407.8782 or visit them on Facebook at Genesee STEM Academy.