Dual Campus Model
The STEAM Academy's partnership with Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), which began in 2018-19, has changed the learning structure for our students. In the dual campus model, students are housed at the Sixth Street location and in the Oswald Building on the BCTC Cooper (University of Kentucky) campus. This provides increased opportunity for upperclassmen to access an expanded catalog of dual credit courses. To better visualize the effects of a dual campus, a broad overview of opportunities per class is listed on this page.
As in the past, all incoming freshmen to STEAM Academy will have a class schedule providing them a solid introduction to the accelerated STEAM program. Freshmen will be given a Chromebook and will begin to navigate through Canvas for online assignments and communication with STEAM teachers. Freshmen will be taught at the STEAM Academy campus located at the 6th Street location for the full school year, and opportunities for enhanced hands-on learning at BCTC will be provided. Access to science labs will be available throughout the school year, and transportation to BCTC for lab use will be provided by the district. STEAM will maximize field trip opportunities to the University of Kentucky, as we have in the past for all freshmen.
As students master content, they will continue through the STEAM coursework at an accelerated pace. Schedules will be tailored to their individual needs based on levels of mastery. Sophomore courses will be taught at the STEAM campus located at the 6th street location for the full school year, and we anticipate more frequent access to chemistry labs on the BCTC campus. In the spring semester of sophomore year, students will be exposed to a wide variety of internship opportunities at the University of Kentucky. Sophomores will begin to learn to navigate campus and will think through specific careers of interest. Full-day exposures to internships will be offered occasionally, and college visits to nearby schools will be offered throughout the entire school year.
To maximize the on-campus opportunities as a junior, STEAM encourages all sophomores to take the ACT at least once during their sophomore year.
Mastery of coursework during the freshmen and sophomore years will determine the location of coursework taken by juniors. All juniors will be given the opportunity to enroll in dual credit classes at BCTC after mastery of STEAM coursework is complete. Dual credit classes will not be offered at the 6th Street campus. All dual credit will be offered on the BCTC Cooper campus. In order to enroll in entry-level dual credit classes, the following ACT scores are required:
ACT English Score: 18 ACT Math Score: 19 ACT Reading Score: 20
Juniors not enrolled in dual credit courses for any given semester will take courses at the 6th street location. Opportunities to participate in lab activities and field trips to UK's and BCTC's campus will be made available to all juniors regardless of the location of academic coursework. Participation in daily internships is a valuable piece of the STEAM curriculum and should be prioritized over elective coursework. For those who do not have transportation to UK, internships within walking distance to STEAM are available.
Juniors enrolling in two or more dual credit classes will be located at the BCTC campus, and these students will be expected to participate in the daily internship course. A wide variety of internships will be made available to students on campus, and internship times will be tailored to a student's semester schedule. Students will also be given community service opportunities on campus during times that dual credit classes are not in session. Information on internships will be made available to rising juniors before the end of their sophomore year.
As with juniors, the location of the coursework taken by seniors will be determined by the speed of the mastery of STEAM coursework. Before enrolling in dual credit classes, the following ACT scores are required:
ACT English Score: 18 ACT Math Score: 19 ACT Reading Score: 20
Seniors not enrolled in dual credit courses for any given semester will take courses at the 6th Street location. All seniors are expected to enroll in the Internship Course, and internships at the University of Kentucky will be made available to all seniors regardless of the location of academic coursework. Participation in daily internships is a valuable piece of the STEAM curriculum and should be prioritized over elective coursework. For those who do not have transportation to UK, internships within walking distance to STEAM are readily available. Exposure to both UK’s and BCTC’s campuses will be made available to all seniors. College visits to nearby universities will also be available throughout the school year.
Seniors enrolling in two or more dual credit classes will be located at the BCTC campus, and these students will be expected to participate in the daily internship course. A wide variety of internships will be made available to students on campus, and internship times will be tailored to a student’s semester schedule. Students will also be given community service opportunities on campus during times that dual credit classes are not in session.
Dual Credit Course Offerings & Cost
During the initial semester of enrollment at BCTC, students are permitted to enroll in only 2 college courses. This applies to both juniors and seniors regardless of the semester in which they enroll. Upon successful completion (3.0 or higher college GPA) of these initial courses, students may enroll in 3 or more BCTC courses each semester with STEAM Administration approval. The projected cost for these courses will be around $54 per credit hour ($162 per typical 3-hour course) but could increase slightly for next year and families will be billed directly by BCTC. All students who are eligible for Free/Reduced lunch will have their tuition costs paid for by Fayette County Schools, however, all students will be responsible for any textbook fees associated with their courses. Students will be allowed to enroll in a variety of courses that are part of the General Education program at BCTC and will be advised based upon their desired major and/or career path.
The district will provide a well-balanced meal for all students at BCTC. This meal will be prepared at the 6th Street location and transported to BCTC daily. FCPS Free and Reduced Meal prices will remain the same and students will use the same process to obtain breakfast and lunch. Students will be permitted to bring their own lunch from home. No outside/restaurant food will be allowed in the BCTC facility during breakfast and lunch times.
Club & Activities
While the details of regular meeting times of clubs and activities has not been decided, all students will be given the same access to the current STEAM clubs and activities. We highly encourage all students to participate in after school activities to enhance their academic experience. Details of scheduled times will be available at the start of the new school year. Students will still also have the opportunity to participate in sports and extracurriculars at their districted home high school, no matter what campus they are on.
We have recommended to FCPS transportation that regular buses run at STEAM Academy from the home high schools on the same schedule. As juniors and seniors arrive to STEAM each morning, we plan to have 1-2 buses transport these students from 6th Street to the BCTC campus to begin classes by 8 am. In the afternoon, the BCTC campus will dismiss at 2:25 pm (tentatively). Any student needing afternoon bus transportation to the home high school can ride a bus to the 6th Street campus. Students will arrive to the 6th Street location by 2:45 pm and can ride the afternoon buses to participate in afterschool activities at their respective home high schools. Students who are car riders or drive themselves to school may continue with the same transportation. The logistics of parking permits, parking spaces and cost are still being negotiated with FCPS and UK Parking.
FCPS Tech Schools
We are working with FCPS transportation to allow students to participate in the Tech School programs (Eastside, Southside and Locust Trace) in addition to taking dual credit classes at BCTC. We hope to arrange a mid-day pickup for students to be transported to the technical schools for the afternoon sessions. Details are not yet finalized for this opportunity.
Conversations have begun regarding the new permanent location of STEAM Academy located at 1555 Georgetown Road (Former Imani Baptist Church). Plans for this site are still being finalized at the district level. As STEAM Administration is made aware of these plans, we will communicate that information to our STEAM families. We have been informed that it will be a minimum of two years before STEAM is able to relocate to this new site.
As a staff, we are excited about the amazing opportunities in store for our students. More information will be made available to you as it is given to us, and we look forward to amazing opportunities at BCTC and the University of Kentucky. As you have questions or concerns about these transitions, please don’t hesitate to contact one of our administrative staff. We look forward to watching our students excel as our school expands and explores these new opportunities.