Countryside High School ISTEM

What is ISTEM?

ISTEM is an acronym that stands for the Institute of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM education grows out of the idea that these disciplines are interrelated, and by blending these subjects we hope to create challenging, relevant, and valuable learning opportunities and skill developments for all ISTEM students.


The Countryside High School ISTEM program is focused on advanced work in science and math, as well as explorations in the field of engineering, cyber security, biotechnology, and television production. Our mission is to offer an accelerated curriculum that develops skills in STEM subjects and provides students with the opportunity for success in college, careers, and life.


To achieve these ambitions we will provide students with several opportunities for advancing learning, as well as many opportunities to earn valuable certifications in their subject area. All students will also have to opportunity to earn Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications in Word, Powerpoint, and Excel regardless of strand.


Incoming 9 th graders to the ISTEM programare required to take Technology Studies. The aim of the program is to give students a broad overview of the technologies they will be using in their strand specific programs. Using the Infinity Project, the following topics are covered during the year:

General Course Plan

Admissions Criteria

Students with mathematical/scientific ability and proven academic performance are logical candidates.

Target Group 1

Students should meet ALL of the following criteria:

Target Group 2

Students who do not meet the above testing or academic grades criteria may be placed in this group based on a common rubric that is used to calculate the percentage of criteria the student has demonstrated. At least 10% of the incoming 9th grade class will be selected from Target Group 2.

Please Note:

All acceptances are contingent upon successful completion of 8th grade with the final 8th grade report card reflecting entrance requirements of the program. Should there be a greater number of qualified applicants than available positions in Target Groups 1 and 2, applicants will be selected randomly by computer from each target group of eligible candidates.