Denver’s  Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy to be modeled after historically Black colleges

A new high school modeled after historically Black colleges and universities is set to open next fall in Denver, a school district working to improve education for Black students citywide.

The Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy will open in far northeast Denver on a campus it will share with a small high school that helps students catch up on missed credits. The Smith STEAM Academy will start with ninth graders and add a grade each year.

Principal Shakira Abney-Wisdom has spent the past five months solidifying the school’s vision and building the curriculum. STEAM stands for science, technology, engineering, art, and math.

Abney-Wisdom said she’s guided by three principles: centering Blackness to build students’ pride in themselves, making sure every aspect of the school is inclusive regardless of students’ native language or learning style, and creating connections across academic subjects so that an English lesson ties into an art project, which previews what students will learn in history class.

Her aim is that the Smith STEAM Academy creates an environment for Denver high school students similar to those at HBCUs and colleges that serve Hispanic and Indigenous students.

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