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Published on January 27th, 2015 | by Millennium Magazine Staff

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Lower Richland High School Earns National STEM Certification

Lower Richland High School is one of the first high schools in the nation to earn STEM certification from the AdvancED Accreditation Commission.

Programs achieving a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) certification have attained a highly sought-after mark of excellence. According to AdvancED, the purpose of establishing the AdvancED STEM certification is to provide schools and programs with a research-based framework and criteria for their awareness, continuous improvement and assessment of the quality, rigor and substance of the STEM educational program.

Lower Richland Principal Dr. Kelvin Wymbs credits the hard work and collaboration of his outstanding teachers and staff, especially the school’s STEM coordinators, in achieving this honor.

“This entire initiative is student-driven with the teachers facilitating problem-based learning activities and Engenuity providing much-needed resources and support,” said Wymbs. “It feels really good to be a part of something excellent that is really not about the principal but a philosophy of learning and teaching across the curriculum and school.”

Lower Richland’s STEM certification is valid for a five-year period if the school renews its application with AdvancED each year. At the end of the five-year period, Lower Richland can reapply for a new STEM certification.

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