Making waves in STEM

Dolphin STEM Academy is fully accredited by Cognia!

MIDDLE SCHOOL

Personalized and  Innovative Online Private Middle School

Dolphin STEM Academy

A small online private school making waves!

Come STEM with us!

*Flexible and Self-paced
*Early College and Career Prep
*Student Interaction and Collaboration
*National Junior Honor Society
*Gifted and Talented Education (GATE)
*Student Clubs and Organizations
*Academic Study Skills
*Personal Planning and Accountability

Accredited Online Middle School

If you are a Middle School student who:

  • prefers a personalized curriculum to fit your learning needs 

  • wants to develop independence and accountability in your learning

  • is motivated and ready to experience specialized STEM courses at an accredited online school

then Dolphin STEM Academy is the right school for you!

We are a small online learning community, dedicated to helping students develop a passion for STEM. Don’t settle for a one-size-fits all education!  Our goal is to provide you with a unique learning experience that will prepare you for your future career. 

Step 2

Meet with our admissions team and create your personalized curriculum during orientation.

Step 3

You’re all set to dive into your courses!  We’re always here to support you!

Click the tabs below to learn more!

6th-8th Grade STEM School

Explore Dolphin STEM

Personalized learning means that your curriculum will fit your learning needs–whether that’s filling in gaps from previous years, pushing ahead to challenging curriculum, or on grade level learning, we’ve got a solution that works for you!
You can benefit from a broad range of curriculum options.  Courses can be mixed and matched to fit your learning needs!
  • Adaptive Math and Reading Language Arts – the lessons delivered are personalized to your learning needs and based on your placement test
  • Traditional Sequenced Middle School – take the traditional sequence of courses in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.  Opportunities to advance and accelerate abound!
  • Early High School – students who are academically and social-emotionally prepared can take High School courses in middle school. Early High School gives students a jump start on their college and career goals and provides an opportunity for deeper study in STEM subjects.
  • STEM learning continues with our online STEM clubs and events like GeologyRocks!, Marine Biology, Pi-Thon Math Challenge, Coding, STEM Writing and more!
  • Student organizations such as the National Junior Honor Society, #STEMpreneurs, and the Student Newsletter Advisory Council help build 21st century skills such as executive leadership, project planning, decision making, and teamwork.

 

Teacher support and live help
As a small, online community school with students across the globe, we take the initiative to develop a personalized learning experience for all of our students so they get the support and guidance they deserve.  Our teachers and learning support specialists hold live office hours for student support Monday – Thursdays. You can also message teachers directly within the online curriculum!   Our team helps to guide your academic development by providing ‘checks for understanding’ throughout the school year.
Workload
Wondering about the workload for online school? Students typically work on the general education core and enrichment courses for 3-5 hours daily for 4 days per week, and take a 5th day for offline learning activities which may include community service and volunteering, physical education and sports, music, cooking and nutrition, art, and more. Flexible scheduling allows the student to progress through the courses at an individual pace.  General education courses include Math, Science, English Language Arts, and History/Social Studies.
Looking for an in-depth DEMO or a login?

Click the DEMO tab above!

Electives
You can benefit from a wide range of electives to choose from—you’re sure to find specialty electives to help develop your STEM passions! Our electives are an eclectic mix of general elective courses, directed independent study, and specialized STEM learning opportunities.  From coding to photography, your favorite electives are just a click away!  As a Dolphin STEM Academy private school student, you will receive a student user account for the Adobe Creative Cloud!
In addition to electives, you can participate in a wide range of STEM clubs and events such as Pi-Thon Math Challenge and STEM Writing Week.  Showcase your intellectual skills in the Dolphin STEM Academy chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Compete in various STEM competitions–globally and locally!
Our goal is to help prepare you to achieve your dreams! Join our Middle School program!
College and Career Prep
As a middle school student, you will begin exploring career options through Dolphin STEM Academy’s C2P3 Program (College and Career Prep Pathways Program).  You’ll learn more about career options in a variety of fields and explore electives in your area of choice.  In the 8th grade you will begin our college and career prep program by carefully selecting high school courses that will increase your chance of admission to the college or career field of your choice.

Curriculum DEMO (brief)

Curriculum DEMO (longer narrated version)

Assessments and Enrichment

At Dolphin STEM Academy, we are committed to your academic growth and development. To ensure your progress, we administer an assessment at the beginning of your academic year and continue assessing throughout the year using the NWEA MAP suite of assessments, general core assessments, and student ‘checks for understanding.’  The assessments pinpoint your strengths and challenges, and identifies what is needed for your individual continued academic growth.  NWEA MAP assessment results are integrated with our customized general core curriculum and provide a rich array of data for teachers to help advance student learning.  THE MAP RIT score also lets us know if you are on track for benchmark scores on the ACT/SAT.
Honors and Gifted

Dolphin STEM Academy Chapter

We are pleased to announce the Dolphin STEM Academy chapter of the National Junior Honor Society!  This gives students an opportunity to partner with each other to help others in community service, to develop leadership skills, and to continue striving for academic excellence!
Honors and gifted students have a real solution at Dolphin STEM! Don’t settle for a 30-minute pull-out session or an extra project at the end of the year at your old school.  At Dolphin STEM Academy, we truly nurture honors and gifted students by providing challenging opportunities throughout the school year.
College Readiness
Our entire education program is centered on college preparedness and continuing education.  STEM careers are demanding fields that require a solid foundation in Math and Sciences.  To prepare you for this challenge, Dolphin STEM Academy offers:
  • Optional accelerated pacing for Math and Science courses to give you the opportunity to take additional higher level courses such as Calculus, Statistics, Physics, and Anatomy and Physiology in High School.
  • Elective courses to build knowledge and skills in your STEM career area of interest
  • Annual assessments in Middle School that provide a predicted ACT score and informs of your strengths and weaknesses with the college entrance exam.
  • Several project-based learning opportunities to give you early exposure to research methodology.
  • Intensive reading classes to build fluency and comprehension
  • Research and Writing opportunities to build critical thinking skills
  • Social engagement and collaborative work with your peers to help you develop socially
Our STEM Approach
Tired of Robotics and Coding classes as a STEM program?  At Dolphin STEM Academy, we take STEM seriously.  STEM goes beyond robotics and coding programs.  Our students have passions for health and medical fields, digital media, sustainable engineering, animation, programming, graphic design, marine biology and zoology, nanotechnology, and more!  Private school students receive a student user account for Adobe Creative Cloud and learn to use the components in our #STEMsynergy sessions! With exciting STEM courses and live #STEMsynergy sessions, you’ll never be bored!
Dive deeper with self-study of your favorite STEM areas and teacher-supported skill development.  Enrolling in our online school gives you the advantage of flexibility of scheduling, a self-directed learning pace, and access to a variety of your favorite courses!  Explore STEM careers during our “STEM Talk” sessions.  Learn about pathways into STEM career fields, internship opportunities, and more!
STEM Projects
One thing that sets our students apart from other private school students is their passion for their STEM area.  Dolphin STEM Academy students engage in a deep study of their field and also take a hands-on, practical approach in their learning.
Through service learning, students design an independent or collaborative project that can positively impact a local or global community.  Students are empowered and motivated to provide solutions to ongoing issues.  A teacher mentor will help guide students through their project.

Frequently Asked Questions

YES!  Dolphin STEM Academy is fully accredited by Cognia, a global leader in school and teacher advancement.  We are also accredited by the South Carolina Independent Schools Association.  We are registered in many states including Tennessee and Florida.  Due to our accreditation with Cognia, your child’s education with us is valued and accepted at universities, colleges, and other public and private K-12 schools.
  • Dolphin STEM is a small online school, so you won’t get lost in the crowd.  We provide opportunities to meet with a teacher 1 to 1, build reading comprehension and fluency through our Intensive Reading program, and get quick assistance with Math skills in our Math Lab.
  • Unlike many virtual schools, we assess our students 3 times per year!  We administer the NWEA MAP Growth assessment for Science, Math, Reading, and Language Use, and  the results are used to help you grow academically and achieve your goals!
  • The curriculum is customized to meet your unique learning needs, and you’re able to work at a pace that works best for you!
  • We provide ongoing student support throughout the year.
  • Parents are supported throughout the year with regular parent conferences and monthly family resources.
  • We offer two program tracks to ensure accurate course placement.  The adaptive program allows students to fill in the gaps of learning from previous years, while the traditional program provides standards-based grade level curriculum.
  • Students can gain key leadership skills such as independence, grit, determination, and intrinsic motivation!
  • We are interactive collaborators! Join in and get involved in our special events such as online clubs, Summer and Winter STEM Camp, Online STEM Clubs,  Pi-Thon Math Challenges and Tournament, STEM Writing Week, Pi Day Celebration, and STEM Week!
  • Our curriculum is 100% online for 3rd – 12th graders and contains built-in support to make learning easy and fun!  The curriculum contains built-in support including guided notes, text to speech read aloud, interactive graphing paper and functions for Math, dictionary tool to help define words, and more! Videos, games, and quizzes also help to reinforce the lesson content.  For English language learners, there is also a translation tool to allow you to translate text in the courseware into your native language–over 20 languages are available!
  • In August and January, our private school students participate in our school intersession and orientation, and gain key skills to succeed during the school year such as notetaking, study skills, research and writing, citation format, reading for meaning, and more.
  • Our key focus is college prep for STEM careers.  We provide a variety of opportunities to specialize in STEM fields through course content, practical experience, and certifications.
  • Students take the MAP growth assessment three times per year which provides a correlation to predicted ACT and SAT scores.  We also provide college entrance exam preparation in high school.
  • We LOVE STEM!  We help to develop passions in STEM fields and nurture the critical thinking skills that are required in STEM careers.
We offer regular, gifted, honors, and accelerated classes.  To enroll, complete the application form and submit previous school records along with your consent for records from other schools.
Our online program works best for students who are motivated to learn and achieve success.  Students who need repeated prompting to complete assignments may struggle.  We also recommend that students have reading comprehension skills that will enable them to understand the lessons.  The curriculum has the ability to narrate the lessons using the “text to speech” function.  Struggling readers will likely have difficulty mastering the curriculum.

You can enroll today!

We admit students year-round! If you’d like to use the traditional school year, the 2021-22 school year begins on August 2, 2021.  Students must complete the school year within at least 10 months.

 

Dolphin STEM’s tuition rates are affordable!

There is a $99 application fee and the annual tuition fee is $3599.  We offer a 0% monthly payment plan as well.  Enroll today!https://form.jotform.com/DolphinSTEM/dsa-enrollment

The full-time private school is for students who want to be registered with a private school and have the guidance and support of certified teachers and academic counselors.  Private school students receive support from our staff for the academic school year August through May, but are able to use the curriculum through July if necessary.  The curriculum is based on the Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards; state specific standards can be also be used, just let your academic advisor know during your enrollment conference.  California students can also tailor their courses to California requirements for entry into the California public university system.
Independent study homeschoolers purchase the curriculum and use it independently as homeschool students.  Please discuss homeschool requirements with your local school district or state Department of Education.
We can provide state specific courses, including California A-G courses!

COURSE CATALOG

Choose your electives today!

Explore our full course catalog and find YOUR perfect mix of courses!

Middle School Courses

STEM Electives

Electives

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Inspiring passions in STEM.  Educating a new generation.
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Inspiring passions in STEM.  Educating a new generation.

We are super proud of him and appreciate your support!

Christopher has had some great positive things to say. It’s really cool that he is connecting with kids and teachers...

Laurie, mom of Christopher

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Laurie, mom of Christopher

Christopher has had some great positive things to say. It’s really cool that he is connecting with kids and teachers from all over – a great “virtual” way to open up his world and perspective.

We are so glad!

This is our 1st year homeschooling and we are so glad that we chose Dolphin STEM Academy

Erin, mom of a 5th grader

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Erin, mom of a 5th grader

This is our 1st year homeschooling and we are so glad that we chose Dolphin STEM Academy

Thank you for always being here for me!

Big thanks to Mrs Debbie for all the support and encouragement!

Mirabel from Malaysia

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2021-06-15T15:36:43+00:00

Mirabel from Malaysia

Big thanks to Mrs Debbie for all the support and encouragement!

I believe his confidence in himself has grown!

Mrs. Debbie and her team have been awesome through this entire school year and I appreciate your support and patience...

Keenna H.

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2021-06-18T01:33:46+00:00

Keenna H.

Mrs. Debbie and her team have been awesome through this entire school year and I appreciate your support and patience with me!
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UPCOMING EVENTS
  1. Winter STEM Camp

    December 13 - December 16
  2. #STEMwriwe

    February 7, 2022 - February 10, 2022
  3. Pi-Thon Math Tournament

    March 14, 2022 - March 18, 2022
  4. STEM Week

    March 14, 2022 - March 18, 2022
  5. National Field Day

    May 19, 2022 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

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Inspiring passions in STEM.  Educating a new generation.
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