STEAM Magnet

Title, Santiago STEAM Magnet School

Welcome to Santiago Elementary's STEAM Magnet Information Page.

On January 23, 2018, Saddleback Valley Unified School District approved Santiago Elementary to become a STEAM Magnet school for the 2018-2019 school year. This is a great honor and will lead to amazing outcomes for Santiago K-6 Elementary School and all our students. As we move forward in this process, we will update this page with news and information regarding the changes taking place at Santiago.

Throughout the next few months, we will offer Parent Information Nights to share where we are in the transition, as well as answering any questions you may have pertaining to our STEAM Magnet transition. These are exciting times for our Santiago community and we welcome you to join the ride!

If you are interested in applying for Santiago STEAM Magnet School during our Choice window, please go to SCHOOL CHOICE.

School Choice Window: March 5-30, 2018

Parent Information Nights

Please join us at any of the meeting dates below to learn about Santiago's STEAM Magnet transition and how it will change the way you think about education.

All meetings will be held in Santiago's Multi-Pupose Room.

Monday, February 12, 20186:00pm
Monday, March 5 20186:00pm
Monday, April 9, 20186:00pm
Monday, May 14, 20186:00pm

What is STEAM?

STEAM logo

STEAM Education focuses on integrating each element (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Design, and Mathematics into highly engaging projects that not only address our California Standards, but prepare students with the skills necessary for college and careers of the future. Students in our high-level STEAM school will work actively to solve problems, take ownership of their learning, and apply content in real-world contexts.

Project Based Learning

Santiago STEAM Magnet will focus on Project Based Learning to drive instruction throughout the day.

Project Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging and complex question, problem, or challenge. In Gold Standard PBL, projects are focused on student learning goals and include Essential Project Design Elements:

  • Key Knowledge, Understanding, and Success Skills - The project is focused on student learning goals, including standards-based content and skills such as critical thinking/problem solving, communication, collaboration, and self-management.
  • Challenging Problem or Question - The project is framed by a meaningful problem to solve or a question to answer, at the appropriate level of challenge.
  • Sustained Inquiry - Students engage in a rigorous, extended process of asking questions, finding resources, and applying information.
  • Authenticity - The project features real-world context, tasks and tools, quality standards, or impact – or speaks to students’ personal concerns, interests, and issues in their lives.
  • Student Voice & Choice - Students make some decisions about the project, including how they work and what they create.
  • Reflection - Students and teachers reflect on learning, the effectiveness of their inquiry and project activities, the quality of student work, obstacles and how to overcome them.
  • Critique & Revision - Students give, receive, and use feedback to improve their process and products.
  • Public Product - Students make their project work public by explaining, displaying and/or presenting it to people beyond the classroom.

*From the Buck Institute for Education

Questions and Answers

What other advantages are there for attending Santiago?

  • Uniquely Designed Curriculum
  • Flexible Learning Environments
  • All Day Kindergarten
  • The Learning HUB
  • Ignite Nights
  • College Field Trips
  • Non-traditional Homework
  • 1:1 Device Program
  • Second Step: A Social/Emotional Curriculum Program
  • Bloomz: A School-wide Communication App

If my child is on School Choice at Santiago now, can they stay next year?

Yes. Any student who has already Choiced into Santiago, will continue on next year.

After attending Santiago STEAM Magnet School, will my child continue with STEAM at intermediate and high school?

Both Serrano Intermediate and El Toro High School have STEAM programs and will be working with Santiago to align our schools to increase each school's program.

Santiago is not our home school, can I still attend?

If you are part of our SVSUD family and would like to attend Santiago next year, you will need to apply for School Choice between March 5 - 30.

If SVUSD is not your home district, we do have a process to apply to Santiago. You will need to complete an INTER District Transfer. Please go to: INTER District Transfer for more information.

Will you have enough space for my child to attend?

If you are interested, please apply. We will make every effort to accept as many students based on space availability. All students who live in Santiago's Boundary will have first priority.

Do you know the hours for students next year?

While there is always a chance it could change, we are planning to have the same hours we do now. All students will arrive by 8:10am. Learning hours are from 8:15am to 2:20pm.

Is the STEAM Magnet a program or school wide?

Santiago STEAM Magnet is school wide. It is for all students, all day.

Will grading be different than a traditional elementary school?

As Santiago STEAM Magnet school starts taking shape, we will be looking at our grading practices and how to align them to a Project-based learning environment, while also addressing our State Standards.

Will teachers have training to support STEAM instruction?

Yes. All teachers at Santiago STEAM Magnet will be provided with ongoing training beginning this school year, over the summer and throughout next school year. Professional development will continue to evolve as new research and best practices are established and become available.

I am unable to attend the informational meetings. How else can I learn about your STEAM Magnet school?

As we keep getting closer to the opening of Santiago STEAM Magnet in August, we'll continue to post updated information on our website. You can always give us a call and we'll do our best to answer any questions you may have.

If my child is struggling in school, will they still receive extra support?

Yes. We will continue with our intervention programs. We have two intervention teachers that assess, teach, and monitor student progress. Next year, they will adapt their programs to fit our new model, but intervention, especially regarding language skills, is their top priority.

Thank you for your interest. If you have any questions regarding Santiago STEAM Magnet School for the 2018-2019 school year, please give us a call at 949-586-2820 or stop on by.

Mr. Johnston, Principal

Linda Kennedy, Office Manager

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