Waynesville R-VI School District recently received a $300,000 grant from the DOD Educational Activity (DODEA) to help it implement a program encouraging students at the school system neighboring Fort Leonard Wood to take college-level math and science courses.
The grant will help support an additional five advanced placement (AP) courses in the school district located in central Missouri. DODEA partnered with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) college readiness program to push students to attain higher goals. Almost 80 public high schools with military dependents have employed the program. The two organizations are trying to introduce the initiative in 200 military-impacted schools, reported the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership.
“Since receiving a grant through DODEA to increase our STEM [science, technology, engineering and math] offerings, our district has experienced significant growth in student enrollment in STEM courses,” said Superintendent Brian Henry. “We see the addition of the NMSI AP program as the next step toward providing a challenging curriculum for our students that will prepare them for careers in STEM-related fields.”
Joe Driskill, executive director of the Sustainable Ozarks Partnership agreed. “In the past 10 years, [the school district has] invested over $100 million into new and existing facilities and they are constantly strengthening their partnership with Fort Leonard Wood,” said Driskill.