Rita L. Owens STEAM Academy is a satellite campus of Irvington High School located at 36 Mount Vernon Avenue, Irvington, New Jersey. The Rita L. Owens STEAM Academy is named after the beloved former Irvington art teacher, Rita L. Owens. Ms. Owens taught in the Irvington School District for many years and was more than a teacher to the scholars she encountered. She was a mother, counselor, social worker, and friend to the countless number of scholars and community members who had the opportunity to come across her path.
The Mission of the Rita L. Owens STEAM Academy is to inspire and instruct all students to think critically, creatively, and responsibly, embrace diversity, and pursue their dreams with purpose. Our mission is enhanced through a multifaceted approach and a solid commitment to student growth and development by all District stakeholders, including, but not limited to, students, parents, administrators, teachers, custodians, secretaries, security, support staff, and the community-at-large.
The primary purpose of the Rita L. Owens STEAM Academy is to improve student academic achievement by (a) implementing the District’s aligned Standards curricula; (b) providing staff development that promotes student engagement and academic rigor; (c) conducting data analysis to inform instruction; and (d) monitoring teaching and learning to ensure the alignment of curriculum, instruction and assessment.
Connecting Classroom Activities With Real-Life Opportunities
In its inaugural year, it will have approximately 100 scholars that show an interest and acumen for science, technology, engineering, arts, and/or mathematics. Every ensuing year approximately 100 students will be added to the Academy.
THE RITA L. OWENS STEAM ACADEMY – DEDICATED TO ACADEMIC SUCCESS
Through a rigorous and relevant curriculum that empowers students to become productive, responsible, and self-directed learners and citizens; the curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of all students through authentic assessment, research-based instruction, and responsive differentiation that encourages students to think critically and to connect all learning to life beyond the classroom. Further, the curriculum is designed to explore big ideas and essential questions, and promote enduring understandings. Technology is also integrated throughout the curriculum to promote 21st Century thinking and learning.
EXTENDED SCHOOL DAY MODEL
Students attending from 7:45am – 2:30pm;
Teachers, from 7:30am – 3:30pm
Professional Development Weekly release- Students will be dismissed at 12:30 twice a month
on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays.
Diagnostic Test (Not applicable for the 2022-2023 school year)
6th/7th/8th NJSLA score of Level 3
Middle School transcripts/Report card
*Provisional admission can be granted pending the receipt of test scores and other records
February 28th of every school year (except for the 2022/2023 school year)
ON CAMPUS & EXTENDED EXPERIENCES
The best club combines the interest of the teacher with something that attracts the students.
DUAL ENROLLMENT PARTNERSHIP/COLLABORATION
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)*
Essex County College
CLUB / PROGRAM
Mon – Fri
The curriculum is grounded in critical thinking skills to help students solve real-life complex problems, and will deliver a high-quality team-based learning experience for every scholar.
COURSE / TRACK
Experiences*English I + US
English II + US
HUM 101 English
World History I
HUM 101 English
Integrated Math I* or
Integrated Math II*
Integrated Math II* or
Integrated Math III*
Integrated III* or
MTH 111 (Calculus
MTH 111 Calculus
MTH 112 Calculus
PLTW Principles of
PHY 121/A Physics
Mechanical Engineering Track
Biomedical Engineering Track
PLTW Principles of
Computing Sciences Track
AP Comp Science
Culinary Pathway Completer
Culinary Arts I
Culinary Arts II
Introduction to Design
Introduction to Design
Curriculum designed to meet the individual needs of all students through authentic assessment, research-based instruction, and responsive differentiation that encourages students to think critically and to connect all learning to life beyond the classroom.
CS 113 Roadmap to Computing (3 credits)
Econ 265 Microeconomics (3 credits)
Econ 266 Macroeconomics (3 credits)
FED 101 Fundamentals of Engineering Design (2 credits)
SS 201 Economics (3 credits)
MET 103 Engineering Graphics & Intro to CAD (2 credits)
MET 105 Applied CAD (2 credits)
IT 101 Introduction to Information Technology (3 credits)
Graphic Art & Digital Design I
Graphic Art & Digital Design II
World Language Classes
Chinese/Mandarin (2023-2024 school year)
Arabic (2023-2024 school year)
Engineering CAD I/2
Wood Technology ½
Residential Technology and Home Maintenance
Integrated Mathematics I Honors (5 credits)
Integrated Mathematics II Honors (5 credits)
Integrated Mathematics III Honors (5 credits)
NJIT MATH III Calculus I: (5 credits; 4 NJIT Credits)
American Experiences Honors (10 credits)
Political Studies Honors (10 credits)
HUM 101 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I (5 credits; 3 NJIT credits)
HUM 102 English Composition: Writing, Speaking, Thinking I (5 credits; 3 NJIT credits)
Partnership with New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT)
Option #1 The Advanced Admissions Program provides an opportunity for qualified 9th graders to apply to NJIT prior to the start of their sophomore year for early admission to NJIT. Students that apply as rising sophomores and meet NJIT’s requirements upon graduation are guaranteed admission into NJIT.
Option #2: Advanced Academic Achievement (Dual Enrollment) program provides an opportunity for qualified 11th and 12th graders to earn college credits at their high school during the academic year. These courses will be taught by our high school teachers who have been certified by NJIT as adjunct faculty members in the related NJIT departments.