RHS STEM for Parents

An Atmosphere of learning where

Academia is balanced with


Importance of STEM

  • Many of the world’s leading national superpowers are globally successful due to their proficiency and accomplishments in STEM fields.1
  • 93 out of 100 STEM occupations had wages above the national average.2
  • STEM workers earn 26% more on average than non-STEM workers.3
  • In 2018 STEM jobs are expected to grow 17% compared to just 9.8% for non-STEM jobs.4
  • The average median hourly wage for STEM jobs is $38.85.5

1 Top 10 Things to Know about STEM, 20182 Labor Market News, STEM Occupations, 20183 Pew Research Center: 7 Facts about the STEM Workforce, 20184 Top 10 Things to Know about STEM, 20185 The State of STEM Education Told Through 12


  • Our vision for the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Academy is to best prepare our students for the field they wish to enter.
  • We accomplish our goals through Intentional Integrated Instruction. Our teachers collaborate weekly to purposefully cross connect standards and curriculum that link specific concepts together in multiple subjects. This practice of Intentional Integrated Instruction allows us to dive deeper into subject material to achieve mastery of subject material.
  • They will not only have an exceptional knowledge of STEM concepts, but they will have created an impressive resume of STEM experiences.

STEM Class Course List

9th Grade:

  • English Language Arts I
  • American Government
  • Physical Science
  • Forest Science/Basic Agricultural Science
  • Algebra I
  • Science Research
  • PE/Health
  • BCRW*
  • Open Elective 1
  • Open Elective 2

10th Grade:

  • English Language Arts II
  • World History
  • Biology
  • Agricultural Mechanics I
  • Geometry
  • Science Research
  • Computer Science Principals & Web Design
  • BCRW*
  • Open Elective 1
  • Open Elective 2

11th Grade:

  • English Language Arts III
  • US History
  • Chemistry
  • Ag. Mechanics II
  • Algebra II
  • Science Research
  • Spanish I & II
  • BCRW*
  • Dual Enrollment or Open Elective 1
  • Dual Enrollment or Open Elective 2
  • ACT Prep

12th Grade:

  • English Language Arts IV
  • Economics
  • Biology II
  • Statistical Reasoning
  • Science Research
  • BCRW*
  • Work Based Learning
  • Dual Enrollment or Open Elective 1 or WBL
  • Dual Enrollment or Open Elective 2 or WBL

*BCRW= Band, Chorus, ROTC, and Weight Training (Optional Electives)

Student Testimonials

Emalee Harris

Kelcey Adams

Kyle Brown

Brandon Nichols

Higher Education & Opportunities

Dual Enrollment

The new Dual Enrollment program allows high school students (9th – 12th grade) to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. The Dual Enrollment program now covers tuition, mandatory fees and required textbooks. Students must test program ready before being allowed to begin Dual Enrollment option classes.

Benefits of Dual Enrollment

  • Introduces students to college-level coursework.
  • Earning college credits while still in high school may enable students to graduate early and/or possibly even earn an associate degree, diploma or certificate.
  • Helps students adjust to certain aspects of the college experience (e.g. classes, coursework, instruction, being on a college campus) so the transition from high school to college may be easier.
  • Students who participate in a dual enrollment program are more likely to go to college and get a college degree.
  • Participating in a dual enrollment program demonstrates a student’s ability to handle more difficult coursework, which is something college admissions officers may look upon favorably during admissions and recruiting.
  • Taking college-level classes while still in high school may build confidence and encourage those students who may not be thinking about college to reconsider.

Work Based Learning (WBL)

To be Work Based Learning program you must:

  • Students must be in the 12th grade, academically on track to graduate, and maintain a GPA of 3.0.
  • Each class block students are enrolled in they must work a minimum of 5 hours per week.
  • Fill out an application for work based learning with the essay and have a reliable means of transportation.
  • You must be willing to complete documentation weekly and monthly that confirms you are employed (timesheets) and reflective journal entries (descriptions of what you do at work in detail). This information is used in your training plan.
  • You must have your employer fill out the 17 pages of work based learning documents required and return them to Mr. Millican to be filed in your portfolio.

Collaborative Efforts

Collaboration Projects

  • The Georgia Tech Research Institute is growing algae for different research purposes and has reached out to Ridgeland to run experiments in using algae as an agricultural feed. This spring, a supply will be sent to Ridgeland for testing in our aquaponics lab for experimental research.
  • Classes in the STEM curriculum are taught collaboratively; the concepts students are learning in one class reinforce the learning in other classes.
  • Teachers collaborate regularly to align concepts throughout the curriculum of each class.
  • The students also work collaboratively with each other, providing experience working as a team and learning the leadership skills necessary to create and complete a project.
  • STEM students work on cap stone projects that are year long projects that enhances a students abilities to develop ideas to real life scenarios and problems that exist. Each student works on answering questions and problem solving during each project. Student projects involve scientific research and record keeping for accuracy. Many of the student projects are continued each year expanding the students scope in their STEM project area.

Working with Georgia Tech

  • STEM students will be working with Georgia Tech researchers and students on an adaptable aquaculture water quality management system. The goal is to simplify the water quality management process for quick interpretation.
  • STEM students will be evaluating pH and Temperature sensors that are new to the field. These sensors will be printed on card stock and ties directly to digital multimeters.
  • STEM students will be evaluating small hydroponic systems that are considered portable and can be moved to multiple stations. Theses systems are self-contained and should not rely on outside components. Consideration for convenience and reliability are in review.

Working with University of Georgia

  • STEM students will be in consultation with the Warnell School of Forestry at University of Georgia in aquaculture management with tilapia and channel catfish. This information is in feed processes and water quality management with in recirculating aquaculture systems and aquaponic systems.

Working with Auburn University

  • STEM students will work with algae and it uses a chicken feed. Auburn University and Ridgeland High School are collaboratively working with Georgia Tech Research Institute on producing and pressing varieties of algae that will be studied in chicken feeds at Auburn.
  • Up-coming projects. A study on using fly larvae as an alternative feed for Tilapia.

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