School District Of The City Of York
School Board approves plans for Edgar Fahs Smith STEAM Academy
The Board of School Directors for the School District of the City of York has approved an administration proposal to reopen the Edgar Fahs Smith School as a STEAM Academy for grades 3-8 during the 2017-18 school year. The board voted unanimously at its meeting Wednesday, April 19.
When school starts in August for the 2017-18 school year, the Academy will open with an enrollment of 300 students in grades 3-8. During the next five years, the District will add one grade per year so the Academy serves about 500 students in grades 3-12.
The Academy will be open to students of all backgrounds and abilities throughout the District. The District will arrange bussing transportation for students who do not live within walking distance of the school.
In addition to providing new educational opportunities for York City students, opening the Academy will reduce class sizes throughout the District. Classes at the Academy will serve a maximum of 25 students.
District educators, led by Superintendent Dr. Eric Holmes, have been working since the fall to explore the possibility of opening a STEAM Academy in York City. Their research included trips to similar schools in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia.
The focus of the Academy will be project-based learning — an innovative education strategy that emphasizes problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. Project-based learning empowers students to take control of their education and promotes learning that is meaningful to each student.
Since 2009, the District has offered a STEAM program at Ferguson K-8 in partnership with Penn State York. The Academy will build on the success of Ferguson’s STEAM program and expand its reach to more students.
“The opening of this Academy will mark a turning point for the School District of the City of York,” Holmes said. “We are committed to finding and practicing the best ways for our students to learn. I’m excited to see York City students take control of their education through project-based learning in a way that’s never happened before in this District.”
Applications for enrollment are available in the main offices of the District’s K-8 schools and on the District’s website here. Students who do not currently attend District schools but who are residents of the City of York are also encouraged to apply. The District has planned a communications outreach effort, including a series of town hall meetings, to inform parents/guardians about this opportunity.
Parents/guardians are welcome to attend any of the meetings, regardless of their child’s neighborhood school. All meetings will begin at 5 p.m.
McKinley: Tuesday, May 9 Jackson: Wednesday, May 10
Davis: Thursday, May 11 Devers: Tuesday, May 16
Hannah Penn: Wednesday, May 17 Goode: Thursday, May 18
Ferguson: Wednesday, May 24