West Lake STEM is a 7th and 8th grade middle school in West Valley City that is devoted to the processes of the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields as the platform for instruction in the Utah Core Standards. Students at West Lake STEM participate in group projects and simulations in problem-based learning experiences that help them to think critically and solve complex problems.
Improving academic mastery in science, technology, engineering, and math will be a key factor in ensuring the stability of economic growth and job creation in the country. West Lake STEM prepares students with the knowledge and skills that are necessary to take up occupations that are becoming increasingly difficult to fill. With the demand for STEM workers expected to rise in the coming decades, students need project-based and experiential learning in preparation for the workplace.
West Lake has a rich history. It was originally constructed in 1964 and celebrated its 50 year anniversary in 2015. In 2016, the Granite Board of Education identified it as its first junior high STEM school. West Lake was remodeled to help create an environment more conducive to students exploring engaging questions and then sharing out or even defending their reasoning to others. However, after the earthquake in 2020 the school was demolished. In the interim our new location is at the old Westbrook Elementary School in Taylorsville and almost all of our students are bussed. The new buildling is scheduled to be finished and ready for the first day of school for the 2024-2025 school year.
West Lake STEM is home to the Mighty Mustangs, and we feel honored to advance this chapter of West Lake’s powerful legacy.
West Lake STEM empowers all students to achieve their personal best through a discovery-based, collaborative approach as used in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields.
Each member of West Lake STEM will demonstrate a personal best through solving problems, persevering, and learning by doing.
In pursuit of our personal best, we commit to:
- Try, fail, and try again until we succeed
- Be accountable, deliberate, and collaborative
- Create a united West Lake STEM community
- Use our time effectively
- Face changes and challenges with courage and optimism
- Remember that all means all