The Perkins STEM Schools – Briar Middle School, 6-8 and Perkins High School, 9-12 – create a challenging, learning environment which will support students taking risks and will allow them to be inventive, creative problem solvers.
Briar Middle School and Perkins High School are both 1 to 1 laptop schools, and all students can take their computers home each night. The computers are collected at the end of the school year. The Perkins Local School District was named ’An Apple Distinguished School District’, one of two in all of Ohio.
Briar has followed the middle school teaming concept for the past three years. Each grade level team cooperatively puts together a STEM project each semester with a business partner. Past examples include the Cleveland Indians, Cedar Point Amusement Park and NASA’s Plum Brook facility in the school district. Briar offers French, Spanish and algebra 1 for high school credit, along with a gifted reading class. Mandarin Chinese is offered in a rotation of health, PE, music, art, and engineering. Read 180, Transmath, and Language! are used by the Intervention Specialists for special needs students.
This is the first year for the 9th grade team at Perkins High School. Their first STEM project was on Energy Sustainability. Next year there will be 9th and 10th grade teams and starting in the 2013-2014 school year, the 11th and 12th grades will be split into their choice of three academies – arts, humanities and STEM.
Perkins High School offers 17 Honors Courses, 3 AP Courses, and 6 dual enrollment classes through the University of Findlay. PHS students have the opportunity to take four foreign languages for credit, four years of French and Spanish, or two years each of Arabic and Mandarin Chinese.