Rise STEM Academy for Girls

  • former Linlee Elementary Fayette County Public Schools will launch the Rise STEM Academy for Girls in 2020-21 -- confident that supporting girls in science, technology, engineering, and math in their formative years will build their confidence to more eagerly embrace these career pathways. The magnet school, which will first be housed in the former Linlee Elementary at 2420 Spurr Rd., will initially welcome 150 students in grades K-2 and then add a level every year through eighth grade. The program will cultivate an environment where girls are encouraged to indulge their STEM interests through fun, accessible, and interactive project-based learning. Districtwide bus transportation will be available, and after-school programs are in development.

    This fall’s application window has closed, and offers have gone out. Families of incoming kindergarteners not selected for the STEM academy need to register as new students at their districted elementary school.

    • Application (The window for 2021-22 will open Aug. 15.) -- The program uses a lottery system and targets economically disadvantaged girls of color.

    For questions, please email the New & Innovative Programs Office.

    Web tip: The URL shortcut to this page is fcps.net/girlsstem or fcps.net/rise


  • Program director

    Jennifer Jacobs has more than 14 years of experience in education, having served as a sixth grade teacher, middle school math teacher, and pre-K through fifth grade math coach in the Chicago Public Schools. Since 2016, she has been the assistant principal at Scott Elementary in Mannheim District #83 in Franklin Park, Illinois. Jacobs holds a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Washington and two master’s degrees from National Louis University, one in teaching and one in educational leadership and administration.

    Jennifer Jacobs