The Optional Application Process begins January 28, 2019!

We appreciate your interest in our great school!

 

Below you will find our district website and parent tour link.  We have parent tour dates available in January. These tours are led by our STEAM-bassadors and are highly informative.

 

The application process for the 2019-2020 school year at Maxine Smith STEAM Academy will be online January 28, 2019. 

The link will be located on the Shelby County Schools website. 

 

Our entrance requirements are as follows:

 

    • Have grades of A’s and B’s, with no more than one C as a semester average, on most recent report card.
    • Score at or above the 65th percentile on the TCAP TNReady English Language Arts and the TCAP TNReady Mathematics assessments; score at or above the 65th percentile on the NWEA MAP Growth Reading and NWEA MAP Growth Mathematics assessments; score at or above the 65thpercentile on the Total Reading/Reading Composite and Total Mathematics/Mathematics Composite of an acceptable nationally normed achievement test. Acceptable tests must be dated Spring 2018 or later.
    • Have conduct grades of satisfactory or above.
    • Have satisfactory attendance (no more than 15 absences or tardies to school or to class).
    • Students and parents will be required to sign a Parent Student Agreement stating that they understand the expectations of this program and are committed to maintaining them. Once it is determined that the student meets the minimum requirements, an interview will be scheduled.  
    • Students are required to participate in our Experiential Lab which is an extended school day for an additional 45 minutes one day each month to complete STEM laboratory activities. 
    • All students will be on an Optional transfer and must meet and maintain the minimum entrance requirements. Preference will be given to qualified students who live within two miles of the school for 50 percent of the available slots for the first 10 working days of the Optional Application process. The remaining slots will be open to students who qualify. 
    • To remain in the Optional Program, students must maintain an average of C or above in each subject, each semester, participate in extended day activities and meet the entrance requirements for conduct and attendance.
    • Transportation is the responsibility of the student’s parents/legal guardians. 
    • Final approval is contingent upon review of student’s second-semester/final report card. 
 
Shelby County Schools website:
 
Parent Tour Link-
 
Contact Candy Pollan at pollancl@scsk12.org for more information.