MST Program (Math/Science/Technology)
The mission of the L'Anse Creuse Mathematics, Science, and Technology (MST) Program is to provide a challenging, stimulating, and engaging environment for highly-motivated students to learn in a small, cohort group with like-minded students.
What do students say?
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The MST Parent Informational Meeting for incoming Freshmen, for the 2019-2020 school year, will be
January 22, 2019 at 6:30 p.m., at the John Armstrong Performing Arts Center (JAPAC).
The agenda for the evening is as follows:
- Overview of the Pankow Center and MST Program
- Introduction of the MST Teachers
- Walk-through of the Pankow building and MST classrooms
- Talk with MST teachers and MST students
- Light refreshments in the commons
APPLICATION MATERIALS - Will be added at a later date.
The L'Anse Creuse MST Program provides an integrated math, science, and technology experience at each of the four grade levels. Students test into the program in 9th grade but may enter the program at a later grade if academically prepared. The academic, job shadowing, research, and technology components of the program, combined with academic events, extra-curricular clubs and activities, field trips, and college planning all help make the MST Program a unique experience.
Students enrolled in the MST Program must elect at least one MST Math and one MST Science course each year. Students may also choose to enroll in additional advanced courses within the program during their 10th, 11th, and/or 12th grade years. The MST Program also offers some advanced-level math and science courses that are not available at the home schools.
Credits and grades earned each year:
- 1 math credit and grade
- 1 science credit and grade
JOB SHADOWING REQUIREMENT
MST students are also required to accumulate 15 hours in a job-shadowing experience prior to the start of their senior year. This component provides an opportunity for each student to learn more about a job or career area of interest to them. Students are encouraged to network with friends, family, and community members to secure a meaningful placement and experience. Students are expected to complete their job-shadowing experience on non-school days during their junior year or during summer break between their junior and senior year. Detailed information on the job shadowing component can be found the Job Shadowing page.
INTEGRATED RESEARCH COMPONENT
Students enrolled in the MST Program will also be exposed to scientific research. Integrated into the MST experience, students will learn how to design and conduct a scientific experiment or research study. Students will also be part of a whole-group research project guided by the MST teachers. Examples of past projects can be viewed on the Research Project page.
INTEGRATED TECHNOLOGY COMPONENT
Technology is an integral part of the MST Program. From innovative teaching methods to creative student projects, MST students are immersed in technology on a daily basis. MST students and teachers regularly utilize SmartBoards, graphing calculators, laptops, iPads, smartphones, and related-apps to assist in the teaching and learning process. MST students will also be well-versed in using Microsoft Office products, Web 2.0 technologies such as Google drive and Google forms, website design programs, online homework services, and the Schoology learning management system. MST students also enjoy a network of connectivity with their classmates and teachers via social media sites such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Remind.
MST students must take at least one math and science course each year. After 9th grade, students may elect additional advanced courses. Beginning in 10th grade, students may "double up," taking more than one MST Math or Science course each year.
MST Math and Science Courses
|9th grade||10th grade||11th grade||12th grade|
MST Algebra II*
AP Calculus AB
AP Physics 1*
AP Physics C
* Required course
Standardized ACT and SAT Test Prep is incorporated into all MST courses. Beginning in 9th grade, MST students start preparing for both the ACT and SAT Exam. Multiple review sessions are held during, after school, and in the evening to better help students prepare. MST students routinely score well above the state average on these standardized tests.
Additional Test Prep Practice
College Board SAT Information
Students enrolled in the L'Anse Creuse MST Program also have the opportunity to engage in a variety of other co-curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their high school experience. Examples include:
- MST juniors visit Michigan State University and the University of Michigan to learn more about the college application and admissions process. These visits are specially customized for MST students.
- The MST Leadership Council provides leadership, social, and community service opportunities for MST students.
- Qualifying students can join Mu Alpha Theta, the national Mathematics Honor Society. Mu Alpha Theta students provide after-school tutoring in math for all MST students and Pi Week activities.
- MST students interested in physics are invited to attend the Saturday Morning Physics Program at the University of Michigan. Learn more about this program on the U of M Saturday Morning Physics webpage.
- MST Alumni are invited back each year to share their thoughts and college experiences with current MST students and teachers. This event, called the MST Reunion, occurs the third week of December each year.
- MST students who earn a 3.5 or higher GPA and successfully complete the requirements of the MST Program are awarded an MST medallion to be worn with their graduation gown.
MST Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus BC,
MST Algebra II, AP Calculus AB, AP Statistics
MST Geometry, Chemistry
MST Biology, AP Biology