STEM Academy Opening at Combre-Fondel Elementary

Holly Holland

Public Information Officer

March 10, 2021

The Calcasieu Parish School Board is excited to announce the opening of the Combre-Fondel Northside STEM Academy for the 2021-2022 school year. This endeavor was approved this week by the Calcasieu Parish School Board. 

The Academy will serve any student entering grades kindergarten through fifth who are zoned to attend high schools in eastern Calcasieu Parish. Those high schools are Barbe, Bell City, Iowa, LaGrange, Sam Houston, and Washington Marion.

“The opportunity to immerse students into STEM learning in the core subjects at Combre-Fondel Elementary is a great milestone for our school district,” said Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus. “The school administration and staff have demonstrated great vision and energy to bring the program to reality. Our School Board certainly recognizes the merits of being able to replicate the success of the program at E.K. Key Elementary in a second parish school as we build STEM foundations for the future.”

Students will be exposed to a STEM-integrated curriculum and will use STEM methods to problem solve, communicate, collaborate, and much more.

“To know this community is to love it,” said Pam Bell, Combre-Fondel Elementary Principal.  “We believe in our students and the community we serve. Our mission is to prepare our students to excel in STEM fields of study and succeed in 21st century careers as leaders and innovators. We want our students to understand how the world works and be a part of making it better. We are excited to see what the future holds for the students of Combre-Fondel Northside STEM Academy.”

Students will take an admission test to attend. The Academy will be housed in an existing wing at Combre-Fondel Elementary which includes classrooms for each grade level as well as a STEM lab and meeting room. Teaching positions for the Academy will open soon for applications. Each grade level will be open to 20 students starting next school year.

Registration will open on March 19. Learn more here.