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What is an inclusive STEM high school?

Inclusive STEM-focused high schools (ISHSs) are designed to increase participation of under-represented students in STEM by:

  • Providing extensive science, technology, engineering and math learning experiences
  • Providing all students with college prep coursework, along with support systems for success
  • Admitting students on the basis of interest rather than test scores or prior achievement

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Research on inclusive STEM high schools

Researchers at George Washington University (OSPrI project) and SRI International (iSTEM project) are conducting research to investigate the characteristics of STEM-focused high schools and their impact on student achievement and STEM interest in underrepresented groups.

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OSPrI Project


The Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration (OSPrI) project uses a multiple instrumental case study design to examine the critical components of ISHSs that provide STEM learning opportunities for students from underrepresented groups. Learn more.

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iSTEM Project


iSTEM is the first large-scale controlled longitudinal study of the impacts of ISHSs in the United States. The quasi-experimental study compares the outcomes for students attending an ISHS with those of their counterparts attending other types of schools. Learn more.

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This project is funded by the National Science Foundation under NSF grant numbers DRK12-1316920 and DRK12-1118993 (SRI) and DRK12-1118851 (GWU). Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.





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