STEM and STEAM School Designation

FY2021 STEM and STEAM SChool designation  

The Ohio STEM Committee, Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to ensuring each child in Ohio is challenged, prepared and empowered. STE(A)M education provides an opportunity for each child to discover and learn, pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and to become a resilent, lifelong learner who contributes to society. 

STE(A)M education is an integrated approach to learning where rigorous academic concepts are learned through real-world, project-based experiences. Students use science, technology, engineering, arts/humanities and mathematics concepts to make authentic connections between school, community and work experiences. The Ohio STE(A)M School Designation was created to award and recognize schools that are exemplars of this work.
STE(A)M-designated schools employ highly effective teachers and leaders who meet the needs of the whole child. In addition, these schools have well-established partnerships with businesses, non-profit organizations, institutes of higher education and other entities in their communities to prepare students for post-high school success.

The STEM Designation application is aligned with Each Child, Our Future – Ohio’s strategic plan for education, Ohio’s Quality Model for STEM and STEAM Schools and section 3326.03 of Ohio law.

FY2021 STE(A)M Designation Application 
FY2021 STE(A)M Designation Rubric  

STEM/STEAM Designation Application Timeline 

Beginning of October - December 
  1. Review application materials (Quality Model for STEM and STEAM Schools and Ohio STEM Designation Rubric) Self Reflection to determine qualification for STE(A)M Designation.
  2. Submit a Letter of Intent to the Ohio Department of Education to
Attend a technical assistance/designation informational sessions
** Dates Coming Soon ** 

December : Notify the Ohio STEM Learning Network if seeking technical assistance. (Technical assistance is optional but recommended).  Email to
Early January : Submit rough draft of application/portfolio to the Ohio STEM Learning Network for technical assistance. Email to  You will receive feedback on your draft application in time to make changes prior to final submission to ODE.
Late January: Final applications due to  the Ohio Department of Education by 5 p.m. on Friday, January 31.  Email to 
February and March : After a preliminary review from the Ohio STEM Learning Network, site visits to selected schools will be conducted during February and March. A school may also request a site visit when submitting their application.
Beginning of April: Applicants will be notified of the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s recommendation.

End of April: The Ohio STEM committee will vote on designated schools.  
May: Designation Celebration and Presentation of Banners


Current STEM/STEAM Designated schools



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