Federal Way schools receive grant

June 14, 2018 by  

Technology giant Google has made a $100,000 grant to TAF@Saghalie, in Federal Way, to enable the school to expand its STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) programs.

TAF@Saghalie was created last year when TAF Academy merged with Saghalie Middle School. TAF is the acronym for Technology Access Foundation, and its academy focuses on opportunities in the STEM fields for students in grades six through twelve. TAF Academy was founded in 2008, as a partnership between the foundation and the Federal Way school system. As a result of merging the TAF Academy with Saghalie, the enrollment has jumped from 300 to 700 students.

Starting in Fall 2018, the school district will use the grant money to expand STEM opportunities at Green Gables, Brigadoon, and Olympic View elementary schools, all of which feed students to TAF@Saghalie. The grant will provide teachers in the STEM curriculum with professional development based on the TAF model. It will also provide full-time coaching for instructors, and part-time support for educational technology. Furthermore, the money will help provide support for students who are preparing to go to college, and upgrade facilities to make them state-of-the-art.

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