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Richard Charles
Cherry Creek Schools STEM Director
Instructional Support Facility
5416 South Riviera Way
Centennial, CO 80015
(720) 554.5605
STEM Website
Jeff Cazier
Assistant to the Principal
(720) 747.3449
Alicia Pray
Overland Assistant Principal
(720) 747.3432


A state-of-the-art Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics, or STEM facility, will be built on the esplanade between Prairie Middle School and Overland High School in the Cherry Creek School District. This Institute of Science & Technology (IST) building is scheduled to open in August 2011, and the 58,000-square-foot structure will serve 6th through 12th graders.

The program will offer the following areas of concentration for students to compete for global opportunities leading to careers in Energy, Bioscience, Aerospace, Medicine and Information Technology.
  • Art & Technical Communications
  • Computer Science & Mathematics
  • Energy Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences

Our Mission

To inspire students to be creative, critical thinkers, and collaborative learners to successfully compete for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers in the global workforce.

The Values

  • Inspire student interest and passion for STEM career paths.
  • Foster creativity, invention, and critical thinking.
  • Incorporate project-based, interdisciplinary curriculum supported through teacher collaboration and technology.
  • Provide students with authentic STEM experiences including research opportunities and internships.
  • Create a world class facility providing highly qualified staff with unique development experiences alongside engineers, scientists, and researchers.
  • Promote collaboration and cooperation in STEM fields among parents, higher education, and industry.

Why Science, Technology, Engineering & Math Now?

  • 70% of all jobs now have a technical component and 90% of all jobs in the future will have technical component
  • One-fourth of the current science and engineering workforce will have retired by 2010
  • STEM education is the key to ensure that our students have the competitive edge in the local and global workforce.

Ten Green Features of the IST

  1. Reflective Roofing
  2. Exterior Materials
  3. Building Orientation
  4. Daylighting
  5. Daylight Harvesting
  6. Active Solar
  7. Photovoltaics
  8. Ice Storage and Peak Demand Reduction
  9. Economizer Cycle
  10. Destratification

 Course Guide

Registration Guide

This document contains course descriptions and plans of study for all courses offered at Prairie Middle School and Overland High School, including the new courses available through the Institute of Science and Technology.

Download the 2012-2013 Overland-Prairie Course Registration Guide:

Registration Guide 2012-2013 Download

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