SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Central New York’s first STEAM school is opening its doors this September. Dr. King Elementary School is re-branding as STEAM at Dr. King Elementary School. However, it’s not just a new name, but rather a whole new style of learning.
“It’s in response to some identified needs of the community that we serve. Learning needed to be more interactive, learning needed to be project based,” said Dr. Robert Chalwell, the Principal of STEAM at Dr. King. “And learning needed to include more of the arts, more of the sciences and more of math.”
This fall, they’re expecting 500 students from pre-k to fifth grade to fill the hallways. In the meantime, the school has been hosting family fun Saturdays to introduce the kids to their environment and their teachers before heading into the new school year.
Getting closer to an area Dr. Chalwell claims is historically one of the most under-served districts. The school had been falling behind on its performance for quite some time before the transition.
“This type of infusion of newness, of investment of capitol of new staff, of new upgrades to facilities, etc. Is going to a very very deserving community, with some our neediest students,” Dr. Chalwell said.
Everyone is now hoping the new classes will change that all around. STEAM at Dr. King will have its first day of school on Sept. 6. There will be one last back to school barbecue at the school on Aug. 24th.