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The NMSI and the MCEC® - Partners in Preparing Students for Success!


06/12/2014 Published by: Suzanne

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Categories: Moving to a New School, Your Child's Ages & Stages, Student 2 Student Programs Worldwide, Transition to College, Special Topics

S.T.E.M.  . . . in recent years this acronym has received a lot of press!  Standing for the subjects of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, “STEM” is now commonly used by folks in industry and education when discussing the need for more of our students in the United States to focus on and excel in these subjects.  Historically, a country’s economic strength is tied closely to achievements in these areas . . . something in which the U.S. has been falling behind.

Recognizing this need, in 2007, leaders in business, education and science came together to create the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI), a non-profit whose mission is “to advance Math and Science education in the United States.”  Their College Readiness Program has already resulted in an increased number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement (AP) math, science and English exams in those schools where it’s been implemented. 

In 2010 the NMSI began its Initiative for Military Families which focuses on bringing their programs to schools with a large population of military-connected students.  At the high school level, funding supports and expands campus Advanced Placement programs.  Training, resources and support is also provided to middle schools that feed into the high schools so that students arrive better prepared for the rigor of these classes.  Why focus on the success of a school’s Advanced Placement program?  Studies have shown that “students who master AP courses are three times more likely to graduate from college. For minority students, that multiplier is even greater: African-American and Hispanic students who succeed in AP courses are four times more likely to graduate from college.

Student success is nothing new to the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC®) .  With a mission “to ensure inclusive, quality educational experiences for all military-connected children affected by mobility, family separation, and transition” MCEC has programs in place around the world to support them.  When military-connected students move during their high school years, the MCEC Student 2 Student (S2S®) program provides them a safe haven with peer credibility, positive relationships and information about their new surroundings.  The sooner students become comfortable in their new school, the sooner they can focus on their schoolwork!

Listed below are select schools that are fortunate to have both NMSI and S2S® programs in place:

  • Alamogordo High School - Alamogordo, NM
  • Bayside High School – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Biloxi High School – Biloxi, MS
  • Bob Jones High School – Madison, AL
  • Bossier High School – Bossier City, LA
  • Bradwell Institute – Hinesville, GA
  • Columbia High School – Huntsville, AL
  • Copperas Cove High School – Copperas Cove, TX
  • E.E. Smith High School – Fayetteville, NC
  • Eagle River High School – Eagle River, AK
  • Enterprise High School – Enterprise, AL
  • Fountain-Fort Carson High School – Fountain, CO
  • Green Run High School – Virginia Beach, VA
  • Grovetown High School – Grovetown, GA
  • Harker Heights High School – Harker Heights, TX
  • Lawton High School – Lawton, OK
  • Lemoore High School – Lemoore, CA
  • Liberty County High School – Hinesville, GA
  • MacArthur High School – Lawton, OK
  • Menchville High School – Newport News, VA
  • Mesa Ridge High School – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Northeast High School – Clarksville, TN
  • Ocean Springs High School – Ocean Springs, MS
  • Salem High School -  Virginia Beach, VA
  • Serra High School – San Diego, CA
  • Shoemaker High School – Killeen, TX
  • Waynesville High School – Waynesville, MO
  • Widefield High School – Colorado Springs, CO
  • Woodside High School – Newport News, VA

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