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Thank you for your interest in the West Bloomfield School District.  All Schools of Choice options are determined by the Board of Education on an annual basis.  Please note that you must be a resident of Oakland County to apply.

The School of Choice K-5 application window for the 2019-2020 school year has closed.

Please contact us if you would like more information at 248.865.6453

The application window for the 2019-2020 school year is OPEN for incoming 6th through 12th grade only.

2019-2020 STEAM Application

School of Choice options for the 2019-2020 school year include:

 

 

Middle School

STEAM Pathway

High School STEAM Pathway

Location(s)

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Orchard Lake Middle School only

 

West Bloomfield High School
Grades 6-8 9-12
Criteria Program Criteria Program Criteria
 Application Window

 

Open starting May 1st

 

Open starting May 1st
 Assessment Sessions

 

Out of district applicants: Assessment date and time scheduled on application.

In district applicants: Assessed during school day by school staff, no appointment needed.

 

Out of district applicants: Assessment date and time scheduled on application.

In district applicants: Assessed during school day by school staff, no appointment needed.

Lottery  none none
Notification Date Rolling notification throughout spring/summer Rolling notification throughout spring/summer

Please contact us if you would like more information at 248.865.6453

Both Schools of Choice and Resident applicants must meet program criteria to be enrolled in our criteria based programs. 

Roosevelt Campus

The West Bloomfield School District is pleased to announce the continued implementation of K-12 STEAM instructional initiatives, which includes Roosevelt’s designation as a STEAM focused elementary school. Roosevelt incorporates a whole school approach in integrating Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math learning experiences into all content areas. This includes partnerships with professionals in the field from universities and the business world to work alongside students on STEAM focused Project Based Learning experiences. The benefits include: access to professional expertise, exposure to various STEAM career pathways, learning to work as part of a collaborative team, expanded learning opportunities, hands on application of learning, and deeper understanding of the curriculum and standards. STEAM programs employ a Project Based Learning approach that more closely aligns with what students experience in college and the workforce. Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of me to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem or challenge. STEAM programs use critical thinking skills and also incorporate the arts into their framework by recognizing that in order to be successful in technical fields, students must also be creative. STEAM innovation combines the mind of a scientist or technologist with that of an arst or designer.

DESIGN CENTER

Roosevelt has transitioned the iCenter into a Design Center, which serves as the building’s STEAM hub. In the Design Center, students learn by doing, and their creations are rooted in essential knowledge that they have learned and applied from the curriculum. Roosevelt STEAM openings are available for students in grades K-5 for:

  • Students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District
  • District Resident Students not currently attending a West Bloomfield School District School
  • Schools of Choice Students

All applicants must meet program criteria:

Applicants will be selected based on a review of the following criteria: (Applications will be available on the district website from January 14th- February 12th).

1. Most Recent Report Card
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will access student data records
b. For students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent report card to their chosen Assessment Session

2. Attendance Record
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will access student data records
b. For students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent attendance records to their chosen Assessment Session

3. NWEA MAP Testing in Reading
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will test students during school hours
b. Students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District will be tested during their chosen assessment session (see dates below)

4. Incoming Kindergarten Students
a. Do NOT need to provide Preschool grades/attendance
b. Testing will be an age-appropriate performance task instead of the NWEA assessment.

6-8 Middle School Pathways

The West Bloomfield School District is pleased to continue the growth of our STEAM Program at the Middle School level. This is part of the District’s K-12 STEAM instructional initiatives. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. STEAM programs employ a Project Based Learning approach, a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of me to investigate and respond to a complex quetistion, problem or challenge. STEAM uses critical thinking skills and incorporates the arts into this framework by recognizing that in order to be successful in technical fields, students must also be creative.

The Middle School STEAM Pathway will be elective-based, with a number of exciting Project Lead the Way elective options from which admitted students can choose, like

  • Design and Modeling Automation and Robotics
  • App Creators
  • Computer Science for Innovators and Makers
  • Energy and the Environment
  • Flight and Space
  • Science of Technology
  • Magic of Electrons
  • Green Architecture
  • Medical Detectives

Admitted STEAM students will select from several of these courses over their three (3) years at Abbott or Orchard Lake Middle School as one of their elective choices each year.

The Middle School STEAM Pathway uses the Project Lead the Way Gateway curriculum, which fuels students’ passion for discovery through explorations of coding and robotics, flight and space, and DNA and crime scene analysis. As they engage in hands-on, collaborative problem solving focused on real-world challenges, students use and stretch their imaginations in brand-new ways and connect their learning to life. All the while, students step into roles spanning the career landscape – a crucial experience during this transitional me in their lives.

Applicants will be selected based on a review of the following criteria: (Applications will be available on the district website from January 14th- February 12th).

1. Most Recent Report Card
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will access student data records
b. For students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent report card to their chosen Assessment Session

2. Attendance Record
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will access student data records
b. For students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent attendance records to their chosen Assessment Session

3. NWEA MAP Testing in Reading
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will test students during school hours
b. Students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District will be tested during their chosen assessment session

9-12 High School Pathways

West Bloomfield School District is pleased to continue the growth of our STEAM Program at the high school level. This is part of the District’s K-12 STEAM instructional initiatives. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. STEAM programs employ a Project Based Learning approach, a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of me to investigate and respond to a complex question, problem or challenge. STEAM uses critical thinking skills and incorporates the arts into this framework by recognizing that in order to be successful in technical fields, students must also be creave.

The High School STEAM Pathway is available in Grades 9-12:

  • Project Lead the Way Engineering – PLTW Engineering courses engage students in interdisciplinary activities like working with a client to design a home, programming electronic devices or robotic arms, or exploring algae as a biofuel source. These activities not only build knowledge and skills in engineering, but also empower students to develop essential skills such as problem solving, critical and creative thinking, communication, collaboration, and perseverance.
    • A partnership with Lawrence Technological University provides students with opportunities to interact with college-level engineering and design practices.

In addition to PLTW Engineering, students are encouraged to explore our other STEAM/Project-Based opportunities available for all students in 11th or 12th grade, including:

  • Medical Mentorship: Students engage in a shadowing opportunity in various medical settings throughout the metro Detroit area, including some at Henry Ford Hospital in West Bloomfield.
  • Science PBL - Investigation and Design: Students invest themselves in a project that takes aim at solving a problem or enacting a positive change. They will be expected to investigate, interact with and report findings of their project by the spring of their senior year, culminating in a presentation their project to a public audience. 
  • Political Leadership: A community initiative designed to give students an experiential, authentic learning experience in the field of civic participation in a professional setting.
  • Business/Marketing DECA: An advanced individualized program of instruction in marketing, merchandising, and management that involves collaboration with a business or organization
  • Fine Arts: Experiences in digital media arts, visual arts, drama, instrumental and vocal music performance ensembles.

High School STEAM openings are available for students in grades 9-12 for:

  • Students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District
  • District Resident Students not currently attending a West Bloomfield School District School
  • Schools of Choice Students

Applicants will be selected based on a review of the following criteria: (Applications will be available on the district website from January 14th through February 12th).

1. Most Recent Report Card
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will access student data records
b. For students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent report card to their chosen Assessment Session

2. Attendance Record
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will access student data records
b. For students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, parents must bring a copy of their child’s most recent attendance records to their chosen Assessment Session

3. NWEA MAP Testing in Reading
a. For students currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District, staff will test students during school hours
b. Students not currently enrolled in the West Bloomfield School District will be tested during their chosen assessment session