Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools to Transform Into Specialized Learning Academies

Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools to Transform Into Specialized Learning Academies
Posted on 08/25/2017
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Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson Elementary Schools to Transform Into
Specialized Learning Academies

Schools will focus on literacy and S.T.E.A.M. programs at K-2 and 3rd-5th grade levels.

PORT HURON, Mich. — Port Huron Schools will be transforming Cleveland and Woodrow Wilson Elementary schools into uniquely focused learning centers. Students in the current neighborhoods of these schools, along with eligible school-of-choice students, will attend the Literacy Academy at Cleveland in Kindergarten through 2nd grade and the S.T.E.A.M. Academy at Woodrow Wilson in 3rd through 5th grades. The Literacy Academy’s specialization will focus on early reading and writing proficiency, while the S.T.E.A.M. Academy will emphasize problem solving through Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math programming. This program is designed to improve student performance and preparedness in these two particular subject areas.

The schools will convert to this new learning format in the 2018-19 school year. The calendars for both schools will be identical and will be determined in the near future. The district seeks to add additional instructional time to both school schedules. Free busing will be provided for eligible students.

Superintendent of Port Huron Schools Jamie Cain explained, “Personalized Success for ALL means we are addressing unique and specific learning needs. This specialized strategy will accomplish this for learners of this age and emphasize benchmarks for proficiency in specific subjects.” Mr. Cain also addressed the impact of the Port Huron Schools’ bond on these two schools. “The upgrades from our bond work created flexible learning spaces that allowed for innovative programming such as this.” Executive Director of Instructional Services for the district, Catherine Woolman offered the following on why these two particular subjects were selected as the priorities for these schools. “We know that academic achievement for all students is dependent on consistency with being a proficient reader by 3rd grade. We want to ensure our students are excelling in this area, so they are better prepared to tackle other academic areas as they progress in age, expectation and grade level.”

Woodrow Wilson Elementary was included in Phase I of the district’s “Building Tomorrow, Today” bond program with facilities, which support the new S.T.E.A.M. programming. Cleveland Elementary already is designed to meet the needs of the new academic focus. Phase III bond work scheduled April through October 2019 will further enhance this learning environment.