The Santee school board recently decided to make Chet F.
Harritt School a magnet program focusing on STEAM subjects—science, technology,
engineering, arts, and mathematics.
"Engaging students in science, technology, engineering,
art, and mathematics through an interdisciplinary, applied learning approach is
now the focus at CFH,” Superintendent Cathy Pierce said. “STEAM capitalizes on
real world situations for students to apply what they are learning.”
The school will be the only STEAM magnet school in the
county that serves students in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Staff, students, and parents have spent more than a year
planning the transformation into a strategic, comprehensive STEAM school.
Business and community partnerships have been established
and continue to grow. The University of California, Amplify Learning, Cuyamaca
College, Qualcomm, the United States Navy, and others are working with
educators there to develop STEAM programs.
These collaborative efforts will help create inquiry-based
learning experiences that emphasize creativity and collaborative problem
“Developing students’ thinking as innovative problem solvers
and preparing them for college and career is a primary goal for the school,”
Governing Board President Ken Fox said.
The Chet F. Harritt STEAM Magnet School is a public school
open to all students in kindergarten through 8th grade. Enrollment
for the 2015-16 is limited. Interested parents can sign up for an application
(to be released early next year) and email updates by visiting the school’s website.
“Because of STEAM, I know I want to be an Engineer when I
grow up,” said Isabel, a 5th grader at the school.