— Come next school year, Garfield Elementary School will become one of 44 schools nationwide to participate in a pilot program offering students STEM classes.

Currently, STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) classes are only offered at the middle- and high-school levels.

Garfield is the only school in the area participating in the pilot program, designed to tailor STEM programs for students in kindergarten through fifth grade, according to a news release from the Toppenish School District.

Feedback from Garfield teachers will be used to develop a final curriculum for elementary schools nationwide. The new curriculum will be available in the 2014-15 school year.

The school was selected by Project Lead the Way, a national nonprofit provider of STEM programs based in Indianapolis.