Governor's Designated STEM Schools

OSIT's Vision

Our vision is that every student in Nevada will have access and opportunities to experience a high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, with the ultimate objective that students are prepared to thrive in the New Nevada economy. Key to realizing this vision is the effort to encourage all schools, with a particular focus on reaching underrepresented groups, to adopt practices that engage and expose students to real-world problem solving, creative design, innovation, critical thinking, and career opportunities through STEM-focused formal and informal education.

    OSIT is charged with identifying and awarding recognition to not more than 15 schools in Nevada each year that demonstrate exemplary performance in STEM. These schools are designated as Governor’s STEM Schools and are recognized at an annual recognition event held in Carson City. Designation as a Governor's STEM School denotes that the school meets the highest standards of STEM instruction and is a model for schools around the state. Designations may be used to promote the school.

      The mission of the Governor Designated STEM School program is to increase student interest and achievement in the fields of science, engineering, technology, and mathematics, leading students to fulfilling careers in the New Nevada economy.

        Apply for the Designation

        The Nevda STEM Framework

        Also included in the above Designation Action Guide & Application-2024 is the Nevada STEM Framework which contains attributes of a Nevada STEM school. Each attribute contains sub-attributes and descriptors for how the attribute presents across the continuum of schools: exploratory, developing, established, and model. The framework was developed to meet Nevada’s STEM needs and encompass research-based elements of high-quality, successful STEM schools. The Framework can be used as a self-assessment or as a tool to expand STEM education.

          (Re-)Designation Application Workshops

          Join OSIT for a 6-workshop series this Fall to gain insight into the Nevada STEM Framework and assistance with the Governor Designated STEM School application. During each workshop, participants will learn about part of the Framework, hear from STEM school leaders and advocates, and brainstorm artifacts with other aspiring STEM school leaders. Participants can complete their application as they complete the series. This series is recommended for any K-12 schools in Nevada interested in STEM or becoming designated, for any schools interested in moving up in their designation rating, and for any schools going through the re-designation process. All workshops will occur 4-5pm on Zoom. Register via the links below!

          Clark County School District schools have a cohort option. Learn more and sign up HERE.

            Governor's Designated STEM Schools

            Model STEM SCHOOLS:
            Advanced Technologies Academy - Las Vegas
            Lied STEM Academy - Las Vegas
            McCaw STEAM Academy - Henderson
            Southeast Career Technical Academy - Las Vegas
            Southwest Career & Technical Academy - Las Vegas
            West Career and Technical Academy - Las Vegas

              Established STEM Schools:
              Dorothy Lemelson STEM Academy - Reno
              Empire Elementary School - Carson City
              Incline Elementary School - Incline Village
              Incline High School - Incline Village
              J. Marlan Walker Elementary School - Henderson
              Joseph Neal STEAM Academy - Las Vegas
              Kate Smith Elementary School - Sparks
              Leavitt Middle School - Las Vegas
              Mabel Hoggard Math & Science Magnet School - Las Vegas
              Northwest Career and Technical Academy - Las Vegas
              Rancho High School - Las Vegas
              Roger Gehring Academy of Science and Technology - Las Vegas
              The STEM and Medical Academy at Jim Bridger Middle School - North Las Vegas
              Walter Bracken STEAM Academy - Las Vegas

                Developing STEM School:
                100 Academy School of Engineering and Technology - Las Vegas
                Berkeley L. Bunker Elementary School - Las Vegas
                Clark High School - Las Vegas
                Coral Academy of Science, Sandy Ridge Campus - Henderson
                D.L. “Dusty” Dickens Elementary School - North Las Vegas
                David E. Norman Elementary School - Ely
                Doris French Elementary School – Las Vegas
                Frank J. Lamping Elementary School - Henderson
                Hyde Park Middle School - Las Vegas
                Incline Middle School - Incline Village
                Jackpot Combined School - Jackpot
                Kenny C. Guinn STEM Academy - Las Vegas
                Lomie G. Heard Elementary School - Las Vegas
                O'Callaghan Middle School i3 Learn Academy - Las Vegas
                Riverview Elementary School - Dayton
                Roberta C. Cartwright Elementary School - Las Vegas
                Sandra B. Abston Elementary School - Las Vegas
                Smithridge STEM Academy - Reno
                Somerset Academy, Aliante Campus - North Las Vegas
                Theron & Naomi Goynes Elementary School - North Las Vegas

                  Map of Designated STEM Schools

                    • Gov Designated STEM School-logo-215
                    • SWCTA (215X150)-3
                    • Incline HS (Established).3
                    • Goynes ES (Developing) (3)

                    Funding for Governor's Designated STEM Schools