The application window is open for the district’s new Girls STEM School, which launches in 2020-21. Fayette County Public Schools believes 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.
The district will use a weighted lottery to ensure that 50 percent of the students accepted are economically disadvantaged girls of color. Offer notifications will go out to families Feb. 21, and they will have a week to respond. Families of incoming kindergarteners not selected for Girls STEM School will need to register as new students at their districted elementary school.