CSMTech was founded in 1994, and now enjoys more than 20 years of growth and development. It is a science, mathematics and technology academy (STEM program), where learning is celebrated! Students learn technology tools in 9th and 10th grades which carry them through the four-year program. Math and the sciences are taught in an integrated curriculum, demonstrating real world applications and connections. Students who enroll in this program are excited about math and science and love the atmosphere, that "learning is cool."
Since 1994, our students have graduated and gone onto reputable colleges and universities. The program has graduated many engineers, doctors, orthopedic surgeons, veterinarians, computer and robotics engineers and computer scientists as well as teachers! Some of the esteemed universities attended include: Kettering, U of M, MTU, MSU, MIT, RIT, Purdue, Cornell, WPI and Embry Riddle to name a few.
- Spring 2020 Important Application Information & Dates
- CSMTech Benefits
- CSMTech Prerequisites
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Supply List
- Open Enrollment Opportunities
The application window for CSMTech is open now through Thursday, April 24, 2020 at 3pm.
CCS Student Application FORMS
April 24, 2020 by 3pm
- A complete application includes the following: Forms A, B, & C from the student/parent, and a recommendation from the student’s current math teacher, science teacher, and counselor (all solicited by the student emailing their current math teacher, science teacher, and counselor and asking them to email Nichole Trzasko directly with their recommendation). Please also ask your counselor to include your semester 1 math and science grade in their recommendation.
- It is strongly recommended that the email address used for contact is that of the student and that the student checks their email regularly, as this will be the primary way we communicate about the application process. (If the student is not currently enrolled with Clarkston Community Schools, a 105/105c application must also be submitted.)
- If the student does not have access to a scanner for forms A-C, they may take a photo with their camera phone and send the forms as photos.
May 1, 2020
Invitation to algebra placement test and review topics emailed to applicants.
- Please be sure to RSVP as this is how we assure we have accurate email contacts.
May 15, 2020 from 9:30am-10:30am
Algebra placement test administered virtually.
- This test is timed (one hour) and meant to be taken without a calculator (students may use scrap paper and a pencil to work through the problems).
- At 9:00am, Mrs. Trzasko will send a link to the Google Form for the test to the email address that was used to RSVP to the test. If you do not receive your link at the email address you used to RSVP for the placement test by 9:10am, please email Nichole Trzasko at firstname.lastname@example.org
- The test will be opened for responses at 9:30am, and closed for responses at 10:30am. Students should plan accordingly and either answer questions as they go, or plan to use the last 10 minutes to click in their responses to each question.
May 22, 2020 by 3pm
Decision letter sent to the email address used to RSVP to the placement test.
The CSMTech Curriculum
The CSMTech curriculum allows students to study through AP Calculus, AP Biology, AP Chemistry and AP Physics. The material is taught in a comfortable setting which encourages help from teachers as well as fellow students. Activities and labs often follow-up or initiate learning in the classroom, allowing the students to apply the material to the real world. The result being a deeper understanding of “when are we ever going to use this?” Along with math and science, technology is an integral part of the curriculum.
- 9th and 10th graders experience 6 Tech Weeks per year, where they learn a variety of technologies including computer programs such as Flash, Photoshop and moving making software - to name a few.
- 11th and 12th graders have 5-week long Technology Blocks in which they can choose from a variety of intensive technology classes. Each student is encouraged to participate in an internship prior to graduation (through their Tech Block).
Focus on the Whole Child
We understand school and life can be stressful. In CSMTech, we help students find balance with focused time for stress management, yoga, time management and organization, mindfulness, and projects that tap into individual passions. We create deliberate breaks from the rigors of school to help students reset and move forward. These skills are great tools that students can apply outside the CSMTech program!
What are the educational prerequisites to be successful in CSMTech?
- The ability, maturity, and motivation to undertake successfully the rigor and content of advanced coursework
- An overall grade point average of 3.0+
- Complete and pass Algebra 1 and Science 8 by the end of 8th grade
- Algebra prerequisite test CSMTech application form
Should I apply to CSMTech?
If you love math and science, you should definitely apply to CSMTech.
How do I apply to CSMTech?
You will need to fill out an application. Applications are available through this website by clicking on the "Apply" button. For out of district applicants, you will also need to complete and submit the 105/105c application by the deadline.
Once I am accepted, then what?
Come visit the CSMTech classrooms during the student showcase in the spring to familiarize yourself with the high school, meet the teachers, and locate the classrooms. If you aren’t able to attend the CSMTech open house during the student showcase and are curious as to where in the building CSMTech is, you can attend the sophomore orientation day (in August) at CHS to tour the building. However, you will still attend schedule pick-up at your home building before school starts. On the first half day of school, you will attend only your home building. On the first full day of school, you will begin your schedule that includes starting your day at CHS in the CSMTech classrooms.
What if I am currently advanced in math or science?
We have many students that are advanced in math and/or science. We have schedules that have been created to fit the level of education for most of the advanced students so that they can remain on their advanced track.
What if I am a school of choice student?
You must currently be an 8th grade student in order to apply to CSMTech as an out of district student. If you are a school of choice student, you will need to follow the same application process, but also complete and submit the 105/105c application by the deadline. All application links are located under the "Apply" link. Once accepted into CSMTech you will become a full time Clarkston Student. School of choice students are expected to have their own transportation to and from school, a bus will not be provided to pick you up in the morning or drop you off in the afternoon.
Can I be in a sport or be involved in other extra-curricular activities if I am part of CSMTech?
The CSMTech program does not prevent any students from participating in extra-curriculars! The majority of our students are involved in band, choir, drama, athletics (we have many athlete scholars), robotics and various other activities.
Can I take band, a foreign language, or other elective courses and be part of CSMTech?
CSMTech currently takes up 2 of the 5 academic slots for a school year. Within those 2 slots students get their science, mathematics, and technology credits. The remaining 3 slots can be filled with other graduation requirements, foreign languages, band, choir or other electives. When scheduling conflicts occur, the Clarkston High School counseling staff has been able to adjust schedules to accommodate students' needs.
Does CSMTech offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes?
YES! We offer AP Calculus AB, AP Physics C, AP Chemistry, & AP Biology within our 11th and 12th grade curriculum.
How do colleges view CSMTech?
Colleges favorably view the CSMTech program. It is an advanced curriculum and our graduates have made a name for the program at most of the major colleges and universities in Michigan. Graduates from our program have also gained entry into prestigious math and science universities (i.e. MIT, RIT, Embry-Riddle) and Ivy League schools (i.e. Cornell). Seniors receive a CSMTech class profile that they can use to send along with transcripts when applying toward college admissions.
What career paths have students of CSMTech followed?
Career paths range from engineering to music and art. The top 3 career paths that our students follow are engineering, medical, and education. We do not focus on any particular careers in our curriculum. Instead, we try to expose our students to as much as we can so that they have a well rounded education and can make a choice that fits who they are.
What is a Super Saturday?
Super Saturday is an "out of the classroom" math, science or technology experience, which is a 1% grade for all three classes, math, science and technology. The purpose of this activity is for the student to experience what they are doing in the classroom outside of the classroom - as it pertains to the real world. Students are expected to put at least 2.5 hours into the experience - with a 1.5 page write-up documenting their experience. Examples of Super Saturday can include: going to Cranbrook Museum to explore the planets, or the Mummy exhibit at the Detroit Science Center, or going to a college visit and finding out what types of math/science degrees are offered ... the Super Saturday ideas are endless!
If I am a 9th grader in CSMTech, how do I get back and forth to the junior high?
Clarkston Community Schools provides a bus to and from CSMTech. If you ride the bus in the morning, you will get off at the high school instead of the junior high. If you walk to the junior high, you will ride the shuttle bus over to the high school in the morning. Once you have completed 1st and 2nd hours at CSMTech you will have a shuttle bus to return to the junior high for the remainder of your school day.
Does it cost anything to be part of CSMTech?
No, it does not cost anything to be part of CSMTech. We are part of Clarkston Community Schools which is a public school system.
Where is CSMTech housed?
We are housed at Clarkston High School. Our classrooms are located in the basement of the high school are are grouped together in the same hallway. This location gives us the freedom to expand our education outside the classroom and into the hallways and fresh air without disrupting other classes.
Algebra 2: Quad ruled notebook and a graphing calculator. If you do not own a graphing calculator, please check one out at the library on the first day of school. They are distributed on a first come first served basis.
Geometry: Compass (metal preferably), small protractor, colored pencils, and a quad ruled notebook.
What Type of Calculator: Ideally, we support the TI-84 calculator. If you get a "TI-84 Plus Silver" that is the best of the TI-84 series. The Plus and the Silver give the calculator more bells and whistles, but it is not mandatory (just fun and fast). IF you cannot purchase one, we can check out a calculator for you for the year, but it will be a TI-83 to use at home. While at school, you will have access to a TI-84 school edition. Please, if you purchase a calculator this summer, save the bar-code on the back for us. We can turn them in for technology for the classroom.
For more information about open enrollment, contact
Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services
CHS Principal Gary Kaul
Out of District Application
- Please visit the 'open enrollment' page for the necessary 105/105c application.
The application window for CSMTech is open now through Thursday, April 24, 2020 at 3pm.