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Registrations are now being accepted for rising sixth graders to join the newly expanded kindergarten through 8th grade (K-8) program at Hidden Oaks Elementary School in Lake Worth in time for the 2017-2018 school year.

Hidden Oaks, a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) school, has 110 openings for sixth grade students. Applications can be submitted until September 1, and all eligible students will be accepted until the seats are full.

“We are ready to welcome the first students in this expansion, and we are working to make sure that this transition is a success for all of our students at every grade level,” said Hidden Oaks Principal Sari Myers.

Parents are encouraged to attend the school’s Open House on August 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. or individual tours can be requested by calling the school at (561) 804-3803.

The STEAM curriculum at Hidden Oaks incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics into all aspects of the classroom with hands-on learning experiments and experiences. The school also offers an opportunity for its students to earn multiple industry certifications in Information and Communication Technology which will prepare the students for high school and post graduate success.

Students in all grades will have the same school hours, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:05 p.m. The school’s transportation zone will expand to accommodate more students. Families who live outside of the transportation zone will be required to provide their own transportation.

This year, the expansion will only include sixth graders, and over the next two years, the school will include grades seven and eight.

Students who are on a waitlist for a Choice Program at another school will have to surrender their spot on the waitlist when they apply to Hidden Oaks. Acceptance confirmations will be sent within a week of applying.

“We are excited about our first K-8 expansion and will see the K-8 model grow to more schools in the coming years,” said Dr. Peter Licata, Assistant Superintendent for Choice and Innovation. “K-8 schools help students with the transition to middle school and ready them for high school while ensuring all of our schools are being utilized properly.”

For more information on the program at Hidden Oaks, call (561) 434-8755.

To register for the  for the sixth grade program at Hidden Oaks, fill out an application at: www.palmbeachschools.org/choiceprograms/steam

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