STEM and STEAM School Designation

The Ohio STEM Committee, Ohio STEM Learning Network and the Ohio Department of Education are committed to ensuring every learner is challenged, prepared, and empowered. STEM and STEAM education provides an opportunity for all students to discover and learn, pursue a fulfilling post-high school path and to become resilient, lifelong learners who contributes to society.  

STEM and STEAM education is an integrated approach to innovative teaching and learning where rigorous academic concepts are learned through real-world, problem-based experiences. The Ohio STEM and STEAM School Designation was created to award and recognize schools that are exemplars of this work. 

STEM and STEAM 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 and STEAM Designation application is aligned with statewide initiatives, Ohio’s Quality Model for STEM and STEAM Schools and section 3326 of Ohio law. 

Current STEM and STEAM Designated Schools

Here is a printable table of STEM and STEAM designated schools.

STEM and STEAM Designation Materials

FY2024 Application Timeline

  • September 1, 2023: Application Opens in SlideRoom.
  • September 20, 2023: Deadline to sign up for the free in-person OSLN Technical Support Workshop ("Deep Dive Session"). This is strongly encouraged for schools interested in Designation.  
  • October 4, 2023: Technical Support Workshop ("Deep Dive Session") occurs in Columbus.
  • October 16, 2023: Deadline to complete the Intent to Apply form
  • If you are interested in applying for this year's cycle but missed the deadline for the Intent to Apply Survey, email for information. 
  • February 1, 2024: Deadline to complete SlideRoom Application. OSLN will contact schools that complete the SlideRoom Application to schedule the Site Visit. 
  • March - April 2024: Site Visits will be conducted during this time. 
  • April - May 2024: Applicants will be notified of the Ohio STEM Learning Network’s recommendation.
  • May, 2024: The Ohio STEM Committee will vote on applicants for STEM and STEAM Designation. 

Last Modified: 11/16/2023 2:41:16 PM