STEM Certificate Components

You bring the curiosity.  

We’ll provide the coursework, facilities and encouragement 

that comprise the STEM Certificate Program at Littleton High School.

To earn STEM Certification, students meet requirements in four areas as outlined below. STEM Certificates are offered at two levels: Purple Certificate or Gold Certificate.  Both levels are completely compatible with the LHS International Baccalaureate (IB) program, the LHS English Language Acquisition (ELA) program and the LHS Special Education program. The requirements for each are different as shown below.

Area 1: GPA

The cumulative GPA from all LHS classes at the end of seven semesters must meet a prescribed level for STEM Certification. In order to receive Purple Certification, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0.  For Gold Certification, students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5.  For information about  how GPA is calculated, please  refer to the Lion's Lore Course Guide.

Area 2:  STEM Coursework

STEM Certificate students will complete additional math and science courses beyond our two-year graduation requirements, as well as four semester-long STEM elective courses beyond our current distribution requirements.  These electives are designated as STEM courses by our faculty.  Each meets a set of requirements established by the faculty and all include a portfolio component.

Area 3: Portfolio

STEM certificate students will complete a digital portfolio as part of participation in each STEM class.  This portfolio will document their academic learning, their extra-curricular participation, and their post-high school plans.  

Area 4: Extra-Curricular Participation

Students complete a variety of experiences outside of the school day to complement and enhance their coursework.  Some of these activities may be structured and organized by Littleton High School, while others will be developed by the individual student. Students complete 100 hours over their four years of high school. Extra-curricular participation will be documented in the STEM portfolio.  School-sponsored activities include Technology Student Association (TSA), college campus visits, Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA),  "Shades of Blue - Engineering Workshops" (Saturday mornings at LHS), Lockheed Martin Tutoring sessions, STEM sponsored field trips and guest speaker lunches.