At Walter Bracken STEAM Academy, the mission is to prepare our students for the future by improving academic achievement through investigative experiences. The school has been designated a Nevada State STEM, National Demonstration Magnet School and the Top Elementary Magnet School in 2017.
Special instructional days such as Mighty Math, Super Science, Exciting Engineering and Multicultural Field Day provide students with full-day, hands-on experiences that incorporate our STEAM theme. In addition to these special days, we offer gardening, Junior Chef, cooking demonstrations, field trips, explorations classes, banking with a financial literacy program, annual school musicals, field trips, and science, computer and makerspace labs to engage students in investigative learning.
The greatest program we have implemented is our “Series Explo,” which has all students reading a series of books at a time and has been shared globally by Edutopia. Our staff engineered this innovative program that has significantly increased the number of books completed by students as well as positively impacting students’ fluency and comprehension skills. Our fifth-grade students achieved 92 percent proficiency on our reading SBAC test, ranking us no. 1 in the state of Nevada.