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    choicelogo Students who are interested should contact their counselor regarding the process for enrolling in these courses or contact Dr. Jennifer Stanfill, Director of Choice Programs at or 314.415.8450. For more information on Choice Programs visit

    S P A R K

    Spark! provides high school students in the Parkway School District with dynamic, immersion-based student learning experiences to ensure students can understand and respond to an ever-changing world.  To accomplish this task, the Parkway School District will actively engage and work collaboratively with business partners, community service and educational leaders to design and develop mutually beneficial learning experiences based on the interests of students and stakeholders. Spark! serves students from Parkway North, Parkway South, Parkway West, Parkway Central and Fern Ridge High Schools.  Spark! is an example of how business, community and public education can partner to produce personalized learning experiences that educate the workforce of the future, especially in high skill, high demand jobs. Visit to apply for Spark! Experiences.

    What makes Spark! Unique?

    • Students are able to pursue a personal direction based on an understanding of their talents and interests while accessing a frequently iterated curriculum shaped by industry partners based on the latest industry trends.
    • Students are supported by a robust network of business and community partners.
    • Students learn at off-site, authentic workspaces during school hours for academic credit.
    • Students co-create their Spark! Experiences based on their interests with feedback from peers and mentors.

     Students interested in Spark! Must:

    • Be on track to graduate
    • Have a desire to work in a project and problem-based real-world environment with other Parkway high school students
    • Be willing to comply with business ethics, attendance, and dress codes as determined by the Spark! Program Director
    • Be willing to spend 5-7 hours per week away from home high school

     Each strand has unique acceptance criteria based on feedback from our industry partners.  Check the Apply Now pages for more information.

    What if a student is unable to provide his or her own transportation?

    Students who cannot provide their own transportation will work with the Spark! Coordinator to arrange for carpooling with other Spark! Team members or an alternate transportation arrangement.  If carpooling is not feasible, we will work to identify an alternate transportation source for the student.  Lack of transportation should not deter students from applying to participate in the Spark! Program.

    What type of credit do students earn for participating in Spark!?

    Students earn high school elective credit for their participation in Spark!.  In some cases, a CTE credit may be awarded based on student graduation needs.  In addition, each Spark! Strand offers the opportunity to earn college credit through various colleges and universities.  If you have concerns regarding your credits for graduation, please contact your counselor.

    How are Spark! Strands determined?

    We regularly assess the evolving needs of our global community in an effort to provide opportunities for students to experience high-demand, high-wage industry areas.  All Parkway stakeholders are encouraged to bring attention to potential strands that would address the aforementioned needs.

    What is a Spark! Strand?

    Spark! Experiences are organized in strands based on the career or industry field they represent.  For the 2022-2023 school year, there will be seven Spark! Strands:  Bioscience, Engineering, Incubator, Pre-Professional Health Sciences Academy, Sports Medicine, Teaching & Learning, and Technology Solutions.

    207491 & 207492 (Year-long) - SPARK! BIOSCIENCE
    Grades: 11-12
    2 Electives credits
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

    Want to learn more about living organisms through regular interactions with academic and business experts and trips to local institutions?  Try out Spark! Bioscience.  This program provides students with a passion for the biological sciences the opportunity to work with experts in the field. If your interests lie with the micro or macro, with plants, animals, or humans, this experience will provide opportunities for research, inquiry, and project based learning.  College credit is available through St. Louis community College.  Spark! Bioscience meets at BRDG Park.  All Spark! Students will be able to earn 4 elective credits for the year-long experience based on the number of competencies mastered.  More information regarding the competency-based credit model will be shared prior to the start of the school year.

    207431 & 207432 (Year-long) - SPARK! ENGINEERING
    Grades: 11-12
    2 Electives credits
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

    Spark! Engineering is modeled after cutting-edge engineering schools like, MIT School of Engineering, Olin College of Engineering, Stanford School of Engineering, Purdue University, inspired by Project Lead the Way, and endorsed by local universities.  The course is designed for students who are interested in engineering and manufacturing fundamentals, entrepreneurship, and innovation.  Immerse yourself with engineers and manufacturers using state-of-the-art tools and software to create and test 3D prototypes solving complex problems.  Apply lean manufacturing processes that create value for customers and drive out the waste in production.  Students experience hands-on, active learning with full immersion in real-world projects sponsored by business partners.  Students work in multi-disciplinary teams to provide innovative solutions to a company’s real-world problems.  Engineering projects are tailored to student interest in the fields of chemical, electrical, mechanical, civil, environment, software/computer, architectural, advanced manufacturing, robotics, biological, and environmental.  College credit is available through St. Louis Community College.  Spark! Engineering meets at Maryville University in the Cyber Fusion Center.  All Spark! Students will be able to earn 4 elective credits for the year-long experience based on the number of competencies mastered.  More information regarding the competency-based credit model will be shared prior to the start of the school year.

    207461 & 207462 (Year-long) - SPARK! INCUBATOR
    Grades: 11-12
    2 Electives credits
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

    The incubator is a business incubator where students will learn the skillsets necessary to move an idea from light bulb to launch.  They will live and learn stages of ideation, business development, perfected pitch proposals and business implementation. They will be part of a team and use critical thinking to grow ideas to the next level. The incubator will support students in the development of a start-up company, social enterprise or nonprofit organization. Dual credit is available through Maryville University and Lindenwood University.  All Spark! Students will be able to earn up to 4 elective credits for the year-long experience based on the number of competencies mastered.  More information regarding the competency-based credit model will be shared prior to the start of the school year.

    Grade: 12
    2 Electives credits
    Prerequisite: Senior standing

    Spark! Health Sciences is an engaging experience that examines the dynamic and diverse field of medicine and healthcare. During this experience, students will be exposed to the variety of opportunities and benefits of careers related to health sciences. Spark! Health Sciences participants will expand upon principles of human physiology, develop fluency in basic medical terminology, formulate treatment plans for patients and engage in First Aid and CPR training. Students will receive essential foundational knowledge based on industry demand, while also participating in clinical experiences across the continuum of care that may consist of job shadows, group projects, service learning and individualized mentorship. Diverse healthcare professionals will serve as guest lecturers and outside learning experiences will involve site visits to a variety of medical and healthcare facilities. Articulated credit is available through St. Louis Community College.

    207541/207542 - SPARK! SPORTS MEDICINE
    Grades: 11-12
    2 Elective credits
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

    Spark! Sports Medicine is designed for students interested in professions in sports medicine such as athletic training, physical therapy, orthopedics, and sports performance. In this program, students will gain a fundamental understanding of the human body, human performance, and human movement. Students will acquire skills to prevent, evaluate, and treat sports injuries. In addition, students will understand current trends in the healthcare industry and the importance of interprofessional collaboration to improve patient care.

    Relevant industry topics such as sports medicine principles, anatomy and physiology, biomechanics, exercise physiology, and therapeutic modalities will also be discussed.  Throughout the Spark! Sports Medicine experience students will connect with expert healthcare professionals and engage in fieldwork, simulations, case studies, and internship experiences for authentic observation and skill application.

    207471 & 207472 (Year-long) - SPARK! TEACHING & LEARNING
    Grades: 11-12
    2 Electives credits
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

    Spark! Teaching and Learning immerses students in teaching and learning. Students will understand learning styles, teaching methodologies, technology integration, cultural responsiveness and a focus on data-driven decision making in the schooling system. Students will engage in a collaborative relationship between teachers, administrators, students and families. This experience will focus on the general theory and practice of learning and teaching; the basic principles of educational psychology; the art of teaching; the planning and administration of educational activities; school safety and health issues; and the social foundations of education. Students will experience the true essence of the teaching and learning process through observation, interaction and teaching.

    207401 & 207402 (Year-long) - SPARK! TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS
    Grades: 11-12
    2 Electives credits
    Prerequisite: Junior or Senior standing

    For independent juniors and seniors who want to solve problems with digital technologies, Spark! Technology Solutions is a course that provides time, resources, and mentors.  Unlike a typical class, students determine what skills they focus on and deeply learn.  Students may pursue passions in video production, app development, graphic design, cybersecurity, web development, game design and more.  During first semester, students apply their learning to team projects from industry partners, and, in second semester, to internships with technical and creative firms.  At least one year of technical coursework or equivalent experience is highly recommended.

    Visit to apply for Spark! Experiences.

    Early College

    In partnership with St. Louis Community College at Wildwood and the Rockwood School District

    What is the Parkway Early College Partnership?

    The Early College Partnership (ECP) is a full-immersion, early entrance to college program located on the campus of St. Louis Community College (STLCC) at Wildwood.  Students attend the ECP for two years, replacing the junior and senior years of traditional high school.  While in the ECP, students engage in a curriculum consisting of all college coursework taught by professors at STLCC-Wildwood.  Upon successful completion, students earn an Associate of Arts degree, as well as a high school diploma. Early College is open to rising juniors at all four Parkway high schools and will offer 15 seats for the 2021-2022 school year. Applications and additional information is available at:

    What resources are provided to students participating in the ECP?

    • Students will have access to a full-time counselor and college advisor
    • Students will have access to the Wildwood Student Resource Center, Library, and Computer Labs, as well as student clubs and campus activities

    Why should my son/daughter participate in the ECP?

    This is a unique and innovative opportunity for students to join a cohort of high school students who are studying in a non-traditional setting on the campus of a community college. This experience provides schedule flexibility and an associates degree upon completion of the program.

    What are the requirements for admissions into the ECP?

    • Students must currently be in 10th grade
    • Students must complete the online Parkway Early College Partnership application available at
    • Students are responsible for their own transportation to and from STLCC-Wildwood.

    How are students selected for ECP?

    A committee of administrators and counselors will review:

    • Classroom performance for courses taken in 9th and 10th grade
    • Attendance
    • Academic potential
    • Academic engagement
    • Time-management skills
    • Access to post-secondary learning
    • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (Students with a GPA below 2.5 may apply but will require one recommendation from a Parkway staff member)
    • Discipline history
    • ACT results (if applicable)
    • Student essay
    • A commitment to abide by the expectations and responsibilities of the Parkway Early College Partnership

    What is the deadline for applying to the ECP?

    Students must take the ACCUPLACER test prior to the application materials deadline of January 30, 2022, at a STLCC testing site, preferably the Wildwood campus.

    The online application must be submitted by January 30, 2022.  Students will be informed of acceptance to the program by March 1, 2022.  All accepted students will attend an orientation at STLCC-Wildwood in the spring.

    What calendar will my child follow?

    Students will follow the STLCC academic calendar and are required to be in attendance for all classes.

    Can my child take classes at his/her high school?

    This program is designed to take all classes on the campus of the STLCC-Wildwood; however, in rare cases, a high school course may be approved by the Director of Choice Programs and Principal.

    Can my child participate in extra-curricular activities at his/her high school?

    Yes, students may return to their home high school for extra-curricular activities and sports.

    Will students with IEP or 504s be eligible for participation in ECP?

    Yes, Students will have the opportunity to visit the Access office at STLCC for support, as well as their high school counselor, IEP case manager, and ECP coordinator.

    Should my student continue participating in the A+ Schools Program?

    Yes, we recommend students continue with the A+ Schools Program for the following reasons:

    • There may be opportunities for access to benefits at 4-year colleges and universities
    • A+ funds may be utilized for additional STLCC courses beyond the associate’s degree
    • If a student decides to opt out of the ECP program at any time, they can continue working on A+ eligibility requirements

    Will all the STLCC credits transfer to a 4-year institution?

    Students who are planning to attend a public, 4-year institution in Missouri will benefit from the CORE 42.  The purpose of CORE 42 is to facilitate the seamless transfer of academic credits.  The completion of CORE 42 at any public institution of higher education will transfer to every other public institution of higher education in the state and substitute for the receiving institution’s general education requirement.

    Many out-of-state and/or private colleges also accept the majority of credits earned through the ECP program.

    Who pays for the ECP?

    • The Parkway School District will cover the costs of tuition and fees of college classes for up to sixty (60) total credits. Students are required to maintain passing grades (C or better) in all classes
    • Students are responsible for the cost of books

    How will students receive high school credit?

    All STLCC grades will be posted on the Parkway Schools transcript and will count towards graduation.  Courses taken at STLCC are not weighted on the Parkway transcript since a college GPA and transcript will ultimately override the high school transcript when applying to colleges.

    F E R N   R I D G E

    Fern Ridge serves as an extension of Parkway’s four traditional high schools. Designed for students in grades 10 through12 who prefer a small and personalized school setting, the program provides individual, small group, and whole group learning opportunities.  Teachers utilize Parkway curriculum and students receive Parkway credit.  Transportation is provided.

    Admission is based not only on the program’s ability to meet a student’s academic, social, and emotional needs, but also on a student’s desire and level of commitment to be successful.  Attending Fern Ridge is a privilege and space is limited to 110 students. Applications and additional information about the program are located at

    Visit the Fern Ridge Program website.