Team 233

Engaging Students of Poverty Through Science

Curtis Creek School faces challenges educating a high population of low- income students. Ourschool lies in a rural community outside the city limits of Sonora, CA. It is a K-8 school with an enrollment of 515 and 298 are socio-economically disadvantaged (SED) students. Many of our students, 58%, are characterized as low income and are enrolled in the National School Lunch Program. Few of our studentsʼ parents have college degrees. Our students lack parental involvement in school activities at home and often come to school unprepared for the school day. Once here, many have difficulty focusing long enough for a lesson. Our studentsʼ attendance to school is inconsistent and students often arrive late and are pulled early from school. Finally, Curtis Creek School graduates only 80 to 85% of its eighth graders.

Our goal is to learn about the culture of socio-economically disadvantaged students and to engagethese students in life-long learning by developing a more comprehensive inquiry based science curriculum. Through engagement in science, students will have more engagement in all elements of school.