Timberline Wins State ICAP Award

STEM School

The Colorado Department of Education selected Timberline Pk-8 as a 2015 ICAP Award winner. Timberline was one of two schools in the state to receive this honor. On January 13, 2016, Timberline's ICAP team attended the State Board of Education's meeting to accept the award. The leader of the school's ICAP team is Louise March, the Race to the Top college and career readiness counselor. She works closely with the 8th grade language arts and social studies teachers and the 6th-8th grade STEM coordinator to help students create their Individualized Career and Academic Plan. By the time Timberline's 8th graders start high school, they have a career in mind and a clear path to follow to attain it. The process begins with students taking personality and interest surveys to discover potential matching career fields. Then, they learn about the classes and specialized programs needed in high school and postsecondary education. Ms. March also teaches the students about budgeting, scholarships, and financial aid. With the help of the language arts and social studies teachers, students create a plan of study and write college essays. Finally, the 8th graders use the STEM design process to solve a problem that relates to their career of interest with the guidance of a local professional working in that career. Timberline's ICAP practices will be highlighted this spring on CDE's ICAP website for other schools to follow.