MSTEM Program

  • Middle School Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (MSTEM) is one of the options for middle school families.  

    Using an interdisciplinary model, MSTEM students will engage in Project-Based Learning (PBL) to develop communication, collaboration, problem-solving, presentation, engineering design process, and project management skills. Students will complete guided as well as independent projects and coursework focusing on science, technology, engineering, mathematics, in addition to rigorous English Language Arts (ELA) and social studies benchmarks. The goal is for MSTEM projects bring relevance and create an intrinsic “need to know” drive for learning.

    Students’ overall coursework is focused on STEM, but they have the opportunity to take electives throughout their three years in the program, including art, business education, family and consumer education, music, technical education, and world language.  Students also take physical education every other day all year.


    This program is limited in size and enrollment for available open seats is done through a lottery process each February.  Available seats at the three grade levels are determined by the administration.  

    Students apply for MSTEM enrollment by completing an application during the application window each February. The application is for the following school year. 

    Students who are currently enrolled in MSTEM continue their enrollment for their middle school experience unless they opt out of the program.  Please contact your school counselor for more information on MSTEM and the application process.

    The District does also send out lottery dates generally each January.


    2023-2024 MSTEM Application Window

    The application period for Wauwatosa STEM, Underwood STEM, Middle School STEM, and Wauwatosa Montessori School is Feb 3 thru Feb 21, 2023. Enrollment into these schools/programs is done by lottery. 
    Applications linked below need to be printed and filled out. Applications will not be accepted prior to February 3rd and must be turned into Student Services at the District Office - 12121 W. North Ave. - or the school no later than 4 p.m. on February 21, 2023.
    This year's application is linked on this page under Resources, on the homepage of our website, and you can also pick up an application from the office if you need a hard copy.