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STEAM & TEK

What is STEAM?

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education. We focus on these areas together not only because the skills and knowledge in each discipline are essential for student success, but also because these fields are deeply intertwined in the real world and in how students learn most effectively. STEAM is an interdisciplinary and inquiry based approach that is coupled with hands-on, problem-based learning.

Why is STEAM So Important?

For decades, innovators and entrepreneurs across California have fueled dynamic growth and established our state as a global hub for innovation. In order to maintain California’s position as a leading innovation-driven economy in the 21st century, our students must be equipped with the skills and experiences that will prepare them to lead the next generation of innovation and discovery.

How Do I Get Started?

Our STEAM focused academy provides pathways for students to access all 5 of the core STEAM disciplines. Be it a concentration in one particular area, or a more general, yet equally important focus on all 5, a STEAM focused education will position you to well to continue your education at University. Please review our course catalog or contact your teacher, mentor, or Principal for more information on our extensive catalog of STEAM courses.
 
What is TEK?
 
TEK uses curriculum provided by K12 and FuelEd.  Learning can happen at home, on the road, or wherever an Internet connection can be found. While attendance, teacher interaction, and daily lessons are conducted online, our lessons use physical materials and offline tools as well.
 
For high school, TEK uses the FuelEd curriculum. Whether targeting a top-tier, 4-year university, a local community college, or an immediate career, A3-California TEK prepares students to maximize their post-high school success. All students interact with one or more state-certified teachers (depending on the grade level) and communicate regularly with their teachers through e-mail, telephone, and online meetings.
 
Each TEK family receives online and offline materials, including a wide array of textbooks, CDs, videos, and other hands-on tools and resources when needed to enhance the learning experience. These materials complement the interactive online elements of our program, ensuring that students receive instruction using the best method for each subject matter.
 
TEK also provides an extensive support system to both parents and students. At the high school level the adult is less involved, as students work at more of a collective pace with a class of students in conjunction with the teacher. 
 
TEK provides the structure, administrative support, oversight, accountability, and state testing required of all public schools.