What is STEAM?
STEAM is a standards-based program that adds arts to the current curricular focus of preparing students in the concepts of science, technology, engineering and math – often referred to as STEM. Edgewood’s STEAM magnet school engages students in inquiry and project based learning and encourages collaboration amongst students. Magnet schools are public schools of choice, offering comprehensive, high-quality, thematic curriculumintended to attract students from a wide range of racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. Click here to learn more.
Do Edgewood students have to apply for enrollment into the magnet school?
All students currently enrolled in Edgewood Middle School, Pinewood Elementary School or Sunnyside Elementary School are automatically enrolled at Edgewood and receive the full benefits of the complete STEAM program. You do not need to do anything special to join our school, and there is no competition with other students for enrollment. Resident students attend classes alongside other resident and non-resident students as always.
How will class size be impacted?
Although our total enrollment is likely to increase slightly, average class sizes will remain consistent to today’s averages.
How will the program draw enrollment?
Edgewood’s magnet program will accept applications from students residing in other school districts. To apply, visit http://www.nws.k12.mn.us/.
How was Edgewood chosen to house the STEAM magnet program?
One requirement of participation in a collaborative district is to establish a magnet school to provide a racially balanced and ethnically diverse environment that ensures academic achievement for all students through the magnet theme. Edgewood was chosen for this program because of its diversity and the capacity of its facility.
Are other schools adopting a STEAM approach?
All of the District’s middle schools implemented a STEAM curriculum for their students. Representatives of all three schools formed a STEAM Team — a District-wide planning task force — to ensure coordination in program development so that all middle school students in the District benefit from enhancements of the program.
Although the planning was done collaboratively, each school implemented STEAM elements in ways that best fit the needs of students and the programmatic realities at the individual school. STEAM teams also developed a variety of community partnerships drawing on the talents of local companies and organizations to help schools implement a program with real-world value for students.
All students currently enrolled in Edgewood Middle School, Pinewood Elementary School or Sunnyside Elementary School will automatically be enrolled at Edgewood and will receive the full benefits of the complete STEAM program. These students do not need to do anything special to join the school, and there is no competition with other students for enrollment. Resident students will attend classes alongside other resident and non-resident students as always.
Non-residents are welcome to apply for student placement at Edgewood through the Statewide Enrollment Options Program. For details on this application process, please click here. Entrance into Edgewood Middle School and other NWSISD magnet schools and programs is application based and open to all students who live within the eight member district boundaries. If you have any questions about this form, or the NWSISD application process, please call 763-450-1300 or 763-450-1303.
NWSISD is a collaborative of eight area school districts in the northwest metro providing schools and communities with a variety of programs and services to promote racial equity and cultural awareness. The eight member districts of NWSISD include Anoka-Hennepin School District, Brooklyn Center Schools, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools, Elk River Area School District, Fridley Public Schools, Mounds View Public Schools, Osseo Area Schools, and Rockford Area Schools. Priority application registration is open mid-October through end of December with lotteries taking place beginning of January. To learn more about NWSISD, its application timeline and to apply via online application, please visit www.nws.k12.mn.us.
For years, Mounds View Public Schools remained one of only a few large suburban metro districts not participating in an integration school district.
In 2010, Mounds View Public Schools joined the Northwest Suburban Integration School District (NWSISD) to address two very important issues:
- Provide increased voluntary opportunities for cross-cultural educational experiences without requiring Mounds View students to attend other schools outside their attendance areas.
- Generate new state revenue to support a variety of initiatives the District is already offering students at its own expense.
One requirement of participation in a collaborative district is to establish a magnet school to provide a racially balanced and ethnically diverse environment that ensures academic achievement for all students through the magnet theme.
Through magnet programming, families will experience the following:
- An opportunity to experience a K-12 magnet series within one theme: The Arts, International Baccalaureate, or STEM/STEAM.
- A large variety of school choice options within our eight member districts.
- Magnet programming that eliminates, reduces, or prevents racial isolation in elementary and secondary schools.
- Continuation of transportation for magnet students if they move anywhere within member district boundaries.
Mounds View's participation in this integration district also creates a variety of enrollment opportunities beyond the magnet program – opportunities for Mounds View Public Schools students as well as for students in the member districts of Anoka-Hennepin School District, Brooklyn Center Schools, Buffalo-Hanover-Montrose Schools, Elk River Area School District, Fridley Public Schools, Osseo Area Schools and Rockford Area Schools.
By law, students enrolled in these seven districts will be welcomed to participate in programs at Mounds View Public schools. This could result in additional enrolled students, depending on the capacities available at each school. Conversely, Mounds View students are welcome to access programs and services available in member districts.