Department of Defense Grant
The purpose of the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) program is to improve student achievement, increase educational opportunities, ensure student preparation for success in college and careers, and ease the challenges military dependent students have due to transitions and deployments. http://dodk12grants.org/
Last year DoDEA awarded Vista La Mesa Academy a grant in the amount of $361,856.00 for the submitted project, “Full STEM Ahead”. This project is focused on improving student achievement in math and science in grades 5-8.
Since the start of the award period Vista La Mesa Academy principal, Dr. Bonita DeAmicis, has invested time, energy, and grant funds to improve classroom instruction by providing extensive professional development to staff and scheduling collaboration time for teachers. Classrooms in grades 4-8 have been equipped with wireless Internet connectivity, 1:1 student to computer laptop ratio, a classroom on wheels charging and storage station, and classroom management software.
Students in grades 6 and 8 will receive nine weeks of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM)instruction through the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) program this year. The PLTW program will expand to 18 weeks of instruction and include grades 5 and 7 next year. Project Lead The Way is the nation's leading provider of STEM programs. “Through world-class K-12 curriculum, high-quality teacher professional development, and outstanding partnerships, PLTW is helping students develop the skills needed to succeed in the global economy.” https://www.pltw.org/
Ongoing extension activities with the USS Midway, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center, and Mad Science include classroom assemblies with visiting scientists, field trips, and Family Science Nights.
Vista La Mesa Academy is proud of the partnership with the Department of Defense and thrilled to provide these educational opportunities to our students and their families.