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Laurel Ridge Elementary

Dekalb County Schools

S.T.E.M. Around the School

What Does S.T.E.M. Look Like at Laurel Ridge

Laurel Ridge is filled with classrooms that have engaged students who are collaborating with classmates on solving real-world problems, like learning to program, designing and planting a garden that can be a Way-Station for Monarch Butterflies, or devising how to clean up an oil spill.

This allows our teachers to support student inquiry and learning as coaches and facilitators rather than as lecturers. For example, our teachers have helped students raise trout for the past six years and focus on how the watershed affects our community.


When students exit Laurel Ridge, our students have been prepared from PreK through fifth grade and are already making a difference today and will change the world tomorrow. This process happens daily and is rooted in the Laurel Ridge Design Model.

Laurel Ridge students lead their explorations. As a result, students are empowered to connect their learning to the real world, develop in-demand skills such as coding, collaborate with peers and professionals, and reimagine our world.