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CSMTech

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! It is an integrated program with acceleration within the courses. 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 attend 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.

Students may apply for CSMTech in 8th grade to commit to the four-year program.

CSMTech Benefits

  • Students experience connections between math/science and technology
  • Mathematics software enhances student learning
  • Final exams are based on real world problems connecting math/science
  • Exciting atmosphere where learning is celebrated
  • Students attend from other districts (school of choice students attending)
  • Personal, student-centered, blended, hands-on learning environment
  • Cohort of students lasting four years
  • State of the art technology
  • Technology applications enhancing connections
  • Every student is assigned a laptop for school assignments
  • Career focused opportunities

Unique Learning Opportunities

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! First semester Super Saturday is GRADED BY PARENTS!

CSMTech Prequisites

What are the educational prerequisites to be successful in CSMTech?

Students need to fill out the application fully to be considered for acceptance. They also need to have completed and passed successfully Algebra 1 by the end of their 8th grade. Once they are accepted into the program, they will need to take an Algebra pre-requisite test to verify their readiness.

Supply List

Some of you asked, "What calculator should we have?" 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.

Open Enrollment Opportunities

For more information about open enrollment, contact

Deputy Superintendent Shawn Ryan
spryan@clarkston.k12.mi.us
248.623.5400

CHS Principal Gary Kaul
glkaul@clarkston.k12.mi.us
248.623.3600

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Upcoming Recruitment Meetings/Information

  • Student Information Days
    • CSMTech teachers will be visiting Algebra I classes at SMS and CJHS on Thursday, December 6, 2018.
  • Parent Information Nights
    • Monday, December 10, 2018 from 6:00-7:00pm in the Clarkston High School LGI
    • Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6:00-7:00pm in the Clarkston High School LGI
  • Student-Lead Open House
    • Tuesday, February 5, 2019 from 4:30-6:30pm in the CSMTech classrooms located in the terrace level of Clarkston High School
  • The application window is now closed. Please check back for the dates of the application window.
  • Algebra Placement Test - TBD

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).
A CSM Tech student

Frequently Asked Questions

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?

Once you are accepted, you will be invited to visit the school for a day. During that day, you will take the Algebra placement exam and shadow the 9th and 10th graders. As long as you pass the Algebra readiness exam, then you wait for the fall to start classes! You COULD do your first Super Saturday during the summer - to start your grades out with a 100%!

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!

Can I be in both IB and CSMTech?

You can take Pre-IB and CSMTech classes concurrently but once you complete the Pre-IB courses you must make a decision as to which direction you want to take your education.

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.