SPIRE (STEM Program for Innovation Rigor Excellence)
Peachtree Ridge High School’s GA DOE STEM certified SPIRE (STEM Program for Innovation Rigor and Excellence) Program aims at providing equal access to quality STEM education for all students. This program is an interest-based program where any student who desires to experience science through an engineering lens within a project/ problem-based environment can opt-in. Senior SPIRE students have multiple options including internships (on and off campus), mechatronics and Advanced Placement Science/ Math/ Computer Science courses as well as a Scientific Research IV class
According to our principal, Dr. Jeff Mathews, “These graduates may become involved in STEM careers as a result of the increased collaboration and professional development within our school focused on increasing relevancy in the classroom as we prepare the next generation of leaders." STEM is not “a part” of what we do “for some of our students”. It is a tool to increase our graduate's options as well as “seal the leaks” in the STEM pipeline. Daily, we work to decrease variability between our classrooms and embrace the evolution of relevance and rigor for all of our students.