About Our School
Discovery STEM Academy, in partnership with the community, will foster an environment of high expectations and knowledge creation to empower critical thinkers, problem solvers and life-long learners through a hands-on, integrated curriculum facilitated through the STEM design process.
The Discovery STEM Academy's curriculum features an innovative, problem-based learning design rooted in STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Each unit includes a real-world problem that students must solve by assuming a potential career and applying learning gained throughout the unit of study. Students work collaboratively using a design process that encourages critical thinking and problem solving.
By focusing on engineering and hands-on experiences, students at Discovery STEM Academy build a culture of learning with their peers as well as their teachers. Our educators prepare young learners to be proficient readers and writers, skilled problem solvers, adept communicators and socially responsible citizens through the STEM approach, which equips students with 21st century college, career and citizen-ready skills.
In addition to an interactive curriculum designed around science, technology, engineering and math, students in the magnet program will receive a solid foundation in reading and writing, social studies, music, art, health and physical education. Like all Newport News elementary schools, Discovery STEM Academy integrates these subject areas into a curriculum that meets all state Standards of Learning.