What is STEAM?

STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. A STEAM dedicated magnet school focuses on these subject areas to prepare students for college, career, and life in the 21st Century. STEAM promotes a culture of curiosity by immersing students in authentic learning opportunities that develop their creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication skills in preparation for a rapidly changing world. Rather than teaching these subjects in isolation, they are integrated into the core curriculum through high impact learning instruction and innovative problem solving in a real world context. STEAM classrooms have meaningful technology integration as well as collaborative structures that allow for student engagement. STEAM is a pathway in which children obtain the 21st century skills needed to become future leaders and innovators of tomorrow.

What can I expect instruction in a STEAM classroom to be like? 

  • Authentic, standards-aligned content integration through Problem Based Learning units
  • Performance assessments through demonstration of STEAM skills and design thinking 
  • Instructional design that engages students in learning, builds student responsibility for their learning and ensures academic rigor 
  • Instruction empowers students to take part in designing their own experiences and engineering solutions to real world problems

Where are STEAM Dedicated Magnet Schools located?

We are excited to expand STEAM in Pasco County Schools for the 22-23 School Year! STEAM dedicated magnets will now be available at three elementary schools across Pasco County: Centennial STEAM Magnet Elementary School, James M. Marlowe STEAM Magnet Elementary School, and Sanders Memorial STEAM Magnet Elementary School.  

Pasco County Schools is proud of this expansion and the recognition STEAM education in our county has received nationally. Sanders Memorial Elementary was recognized as nationally certified magnet school, meaning that they have met the rigorous standards that define high-quality magnet programs. Magnet Schools of America, the national association of magnet and theme-based schools, created the national certification process to recognize the nation’s exemplary magnet schools and to help them continue providing high-quality magnet programs. Magnet schools are schools that offer specialized courses in themes that are designed to attract students from outside of traditional school boundaries.

How do I apply to attend a STEAM Dedicated Magnet School?

All students who would like to attend a STEAM dedicated magnet school must apply through the Pasco Pathways School Choice application process. Please see the pathway map below to identify the STEAM Magnet available based on your student’s zoned middle school. All students who apply through school choice are to be sent for the lottery, even if this number exceeds the total number of available seats. Preferences established in the Controlled Open Enrollment Plan will be followed when the number of eligible applicants exceeds the number of seats open. Students residing in district will be given preference, followed by students outside the district.  Applicants are randomized and seats are filled by the number of open opportunities designated during the seat setting process. Students not placed during the lottery process will be placed on a randomized waitlist.

Will I receive transportation?

Bus transportation may be provided for magnet students within a designated magnet zone in accordance with district approved procedures. SMES students will be provided neighborhood stops from within the established transportation boundary, and hub stops may be provided for students living outside the transportation boundary. Hub stops will be located at district school sites. Bus stops located within the transportation boundary of SMES cannot be used by students living outside the boundary.

For students remaining at Centennial Elementary or James M. Marlowe Elementary, transportation will not change. For those students who choice into Marlowe for the first time for the 22-23 school year and who live outside of the non-transport zone, bus hubs may be available depending upon enrollment. The anticipated bus hubs for JMMES are planned for Gulf Trace Elementary School, Schrader Elementary School or Chasco Elementary School and Trinity Elementary School. The anticipated bus hubs for CENES are planned for Pasco Elementary School, Woodland Elementary School and Double Branch Elementary School. Hub locations are subject to change, depending on anticipated hub usage of accepted students.

Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from the designated hubs, or for transporting students directly to the school. All students will be eligible for transportation, except for students living within 2 miles of the school, unless based on statute or hazardous walking conditions exist as defined by Florida Statute 1006.23.

View the STEAM Pathways map.


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Centennial Elementary School

James M. Marlowe Elementary School

Sanders Memorial Elementary School