West Valley Junior High School has been awarded a $19,000 state grant to promote science and technology education to other schools in the state.
It was the only Central Washington recipient among six schools and one school district that received the funding for 2013.
The state has dubbed these “Lighthouse” schools for their participation in a program that was authorized by the Legislature in 2010.
The schools are expected to design programs that serve as examples of how best to teach students about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
“These Lighthouse schools are doing great things for STEM education,” said Randy Dorn, the state superintendent of public instruction. “The work they do will benefit classrooms across the state.”
Lighthouse principles include personalized learning in small groups, interdisciplinary curriculums based on projects and partnerships with businesses and the community to take learning beyond the classroom, according to state officials.
The other recipients this year are Delta High School (Kennewick), Bremerton High School, Stevens Elementary School (Aberdeen), San Juan School District, West Hills STEM Academy (Bremerton) and WF West High School (Chehalis).
Toppenish High School was the only Central Washington recipient in 2012.