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, 2018||6:00pm|
|Monday, March 5 2018||6:00pm|
|Monday, April 9, 2018||6:00pm|
|Monday, May 14, 2018||6:00pm|
What is STEAM?
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.
- What other advantages are there for attending Santiago?
- If my child is on School Choice at Santiago now, can they stay next year?
- After attending Santiago STEAM Magnet School, will my child continue with STEAM at intermediate and high school?
- Santiago is not our home school, can I still attend?
- Will you have enough space for my child to attend?
- Do you know the hours for students next year?
- Is the STEAM Magnet a program or school wide?
- Will grading be different than a traditional elementary school?
- Will teachers have training to support STEAM instruction?
- I am unable to attend the informational meetings. How else can I learn about your STEAM Magnet school?
- If my child is struggling in school, will they still receive extra support?
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.