Visitation Catholic School in Tacoma will become Visitation Catholic STEM Academy this fall, the Rev. Stephen C. Rowan, superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Seattle, announced.
STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math, and STEM schools emphasize teaching in those subject areas. It’s become a popular model for schools around the country.
Visitation is the first Catholic school in the region to emphasize a STEM academic model across its curriculum at all grade levels, according to the archdiocese announcement.
The pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade school will place an increased emphasis on STEM instruction. Visitation’s transformation is made possible through the support of the archdiocese Office for Catholic Schools and the Fulcrum Foundation, and with consultation from the University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education.
The school is accepting applications for the 2013-14 school year, and tuition assistance is available. For more information about Visitation STEM Academy, go to visitationstemacademy.org.