FHS now STEM designated hs; only 6 in state

Farragut High School is one of only six high schools statewide receiving the Tennessee STEM School Designation. FHS was announced as the sixth by state Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn Wednesday, May 15.

This designation, developed in collaboration with the STEM Leadership Council and Tennessee STEM Innovation Network, “is designed to recognize schools that promote and implement rigorous STEM-related learning opportunities for all students that lead to postsecondary achievement and high- quality careers,” a Tennessee Department of Education press release stated.

“The department is proud to recognize these schools as STEM Designation Schools because they are providing students with the knowledge and skills to be successful in high-demand STEM careers,” the release further stated. “Each school was evaluated through a rigorous application process.” Schools were asked to complete a self- evaluation, participate in interviews, and host site visits with the Tennessee STEM Designation review team. The designation rubric included five focus areas: infrastructure, curriculum and instruction, professional development, achievement, and community and postsecondary partnerships.”