STEM School of Excellence Recognition Program

ITEEA’s STEM Center for Teaching and Learning™ (STEM CTL) annually recognizes outstanding schools for their commitment to providing a robust Integrative STEM education experience through the STEM School of Excellence Recognition Program.

All K-12 Schools, Colleges, and Universities are eligible to apply!

This special designation was created to celebrate those schools whose teachers, administrators, and other stakeholders are providing a meaningful STEM education experience for students and to inspire others to learn effective best practices and instructional strategies to enhance their own programs.

To apply, schools must complete a rigorous application with detailed documentation to demonstrate a strong Integrative STEM program, which is then reviewed by a panel of peers. Following review, schools may be awarded one of the following levels of recognition:

  • ITEEA STEM School of Excellence (200+ points)
  • ITEEA STEM School of Merit (170-199 points)

Award recipients will be recognized at the 2025 ITEEA Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO on April 2-5, 2025. Both ITEEA STEM Schools of Excellence and Merit are awarded with a certificate, while STEM Schools of Excellence also receive a banner for proud display.

The Deadline to Apply to be Recognized as a 2024-2025 STEM School of Excellence is Friday, December 6th.

Application Fees: 

ITEEA member schools: $195.00
Non-member schools: $295.00

Note: 2023-24 STEM Schools of Excellence receive a $50 discount on the 2024-25 Application fee. Email to request your discount code.

How To Apply:
  1. Download the appropriate application:

2024-25 STEM SoE K-12 Application    2024-25 STEM SoE College/University Application

  1. Save and rename the file as: “ITEEA STEM SoE 24-25_School Name.”
  2. Complete all sections of the application.
  3. Request an invoice and/or pay the application fee. Note: Be sure to enter your 5-digit invoice number in Section D of the application.
  4. Submit the completed application file to
2024-25 Applications should include activities from the 2023-24 school year.

Sample Completed Applications:

  Please send questions about the application process to or call 703-860-2100.

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Congratulations to ITEEA's past STEM Schools of Excellence!
  • Innovation Academy | Oro Valley, AZ
  • Hillsboro Charter Academy | HIllsboro, VA
  • Highlands Ranch High School | Highlands Ranch, CO
  • Oasis Middle School | Cape Coral, FL
  • Southside STEM Academy at Campostella K-8 School | Norfolk, VA
  • Palmer Trinity School | Miami, FL
  • Pennsbury High School | Fairless Hills, PA
  • Salamanca High School | Salamanca, NY
  • Prospect Elementary | Salamanca, NY
  • Seneca Intermediate School | Salamanca, NY
  • Oxon Hill High School | Oxon Hill, MD
  • Thomas Johnson Middle School | Lanham, MD
  • Southside STEM Academy at Campostella K-8 School | Norfolk, VA
  • STMA Middle School East | St. Michael, MN
  • Cannon Elementary School | Grapevine, TX
  • Palmer Trinity School | Miami, FL
  • Kalani High School | Honolulu, HI
  • Hillsboro Charter Academy | Hillsboro, VA
  • Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart | Miami, FL
  • Darien High School | Darien, CT
  • Hangzhou Greentown Yuhua Qinqin School | Hangzhou City, Zhejiang, China
  • High Point Regional High School | Sussex, NJ
  • Hillsboro Charter Academy | Purcellville, VA
  • Kinder Garden School | West Chester, OH
  • Laing Middle School of Science and Technology | Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • Rockhurst High School | Kansas City, MO
  • Thomas Johnson Middle School | Lanham, MD
  • Unionville High School | Kennett Square, PA