Through integrated learning environments immersed in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM), SySTEM Phoenix prepares students to become the innovative leaders of tomorrow.
SySTEM Phoenix is the only exclusively STEM-focused charter middle school designed to leverage Arizona’s robust STEM community to transform students into active learners and practitioners in the field.
All students graduate SySTEM Phoenix prepared to excel in STEM fields in college and affect innovative change in the world.
In all our interactions with others, we seek to invest them in our vision of SySTEM scholars as innovative change agents empowered to transform not only their own futures, but those of their communities and the world. It is not enough to only build future scientists and mathematicians, but also scientifically engaged citizens invested in using their knowledge and skills to address problems facing our city, state, and world. In all our interactions with scholars and our community, we will embody the following Core Values and seek to foster these values in our scholars:
Respect and Humility
There are people and things in this world with more authority than us. We will enjoy life the most when we respect them and think of others more than ourselves. This is the foundation for justice, goodness, and peace.
We are very valuable. We have different backgrounds, we see the world differently, we act differently, we enjoy and care about different things, we laugh at different things, and we are good at different things. We must be true to who we are and all that we will become.
Compassion and Empathy
We will act to help and understand others, even when it costs us a great deal. We will believe the best about others, focus on their strengths, and wish good things for them. This will result in a strong community and will motivate us to empower ourselves to empower other people.
Optimism and Hope
No matter what happens, we will courageously focus on what is good, what is right, what is pure, what is noble, what is excellent, what is praiseworthy, what is admirable, what is possible—and how to make these things come true for ourselves, for others, and for our world.
Stewardship and Restoration
We have limited resources in our world. So, we will take good care of the things we have and leave things better than we found them in our school, in our community, and in our world.
Wisdom and Truth
We will follow principles that have been proven true over time. We will also think deeply about how these apply in situations today. We will be curious. We will become aware of what is wrong in our communities and in our world. We will think creatively and logically about how to make these things better.
Perseverance and Excellence
We will become who we were created to be and do what we have been empowered to do in our community and in our world. This will require urgent, sustained, hard work. It will require silencing distractions around us and inside of us. It will involve self-discipline and self-control, diligence and determination, tenacity and delayed gratification.
SySTEM Phoenix is designed to provide scholars with ongoing opportunities to define and refine these values in order to live by them, regardless of their career path. These values will be explored in nuance through a Problem-Based Learning model that prompts scholars to make judgments in real-world contexts and present their findings to authentic audiences.