Howard University Math and Science PCS’ mission is to provide a sound foundation in all academic subjects, with a concentration in mathematics and science; the intellectual, social and emotional growth of each student will be nurtured, while an appreciation for diversity and sensitivity of all individuals will be encouraged in an enriched educational environment that will prepare students to succeed in high school and beyond.
“Extraordinary means remarkable, noteworthy, beyond what is usual. At (MS)2 choosing the extraordinary is a way of life.”
Who We Are
The Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science (MS)² is a public charter school committed to academic excellence, focusing on mathematics and science for grades 6 – 8. (MS)² is a high-performing charter school, created in partnership with Howard University, designed to deliver programs to help students reach their goals and develop the skills needed to succeed beyond the classroom.
Students are prepared for career and entrepreneurship opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines from their education at (MS)². Our STEM curriculum is based on the idea of educating students in four specific disciplines — science, technology, engineering and mathematics — in an interdisciplinary and applied approach. Rather than teach the four disciplines as separate and discrete subjects, our STEM curriculum integrates them into a cohesive learning model based on real-world applications.
What separates our STEM education from traditional science and math classes is our blended learning environment and real life application of the scientific method. Lessons focus on teaching students computational thinking and real world problem solving. Our focus on STEM is to meet a need, a very real need of highly-skilled engineers, scientists and similar professionals for tomorrow’s workforce. Our students receive the highest quality education to lead them to discovery and new technology, so they can lead the next phase of the world’s innovations.
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics affect every aspect of our lives. Educating our youth about STEM is the only way forward because the jobs they will occupy have not been invented yet! If the U.S. is going to compete in the ever-changing global economy, exposure to STEM related curricula is critical.
By 2018, projections estimate the need for 8.65 million workers in STEM-related jobs. The manufacturing sector faces an alarmingly large shortage of employees with the necessary skills — nearly 600,000. The field of cloud computing alone will have created 1.7 million jobs between 2011 and 2015, according to the report. The curriculum provided at (MS)² allows students to obtain real world problem solving experience, which helps our students understand and embrace the technology that affects them on a daily basis.
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