Allegheny Intermediate Unit to open new charter school

March 6, 2012 12:07 pm

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The Allegheny Intermediate Unit today announced the creation of a cyber charter school that will integrate online learning with workplace experiences to prepare students.

The school is called the STREAM Academy, which stands for Science, Technology, Research, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, and will be an outgrowth of the Pennsylvania Learners Online, or PALO, a cyber charter school currently operated by the AIU.

AIU Executive Director Linda Hippert said the school will open in the fall with an initial enrollment of about 650 students. Students already enrolled in PALO can continue with that curriculum or transfer to the STREAM program.

Much of the STREAM curriculum will be project-based, and students will work in collaborative groups with their classmates using computers and other technology to communicate. The students will work together in person at onsite work locations throughout the region.

Students in the STREAM program will be channeled, beginning at middle school, into one of six tributaries: biomedical; engineering; architecture, digitial media arts and technology; logistics, manufacturing and construction technologies; energy,emerging sciences and mathematics; and agricultural, plant and animal science.

Mrs. Hippert said the curriculum is designed for students who want to attend four-year and two-year colleges, trade schools or to enter the workforce immediately out of high school.

Mary Niederberger: mniederberger@post-gazette.com or 412-851-1512.
First Published 2012-03-06 10:55:51

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