STEM designation

Each year, a group of agencies from the State of Ohio convene to review proposals from schools that wish to be designated as STEM schools. Proposals are due in the spring.

We hosted a webinar on December 18 for schools considering designation. We covered technical details about the designation application and a perspective on successful STEM models from prior years. Watch it here.

Current dates (2018-2019)

Action Date
Submit letter of intent          ( Wednesday, December 19, 2018 by 5:00 p.m.
Request technical assistance/written feedback*


January 15, 2019
Submit proposal drafts to OSLN for feedback* ( January 29, 2019
Final proposal due


Friday, March 6, 2019 by 5:00 pm
Committee meeting on designation Spring 2019

Proposal details

Proposals may only be submitted by a partnership including all of the following:

  1. School (traditional public school, joint vocational school and some community schools*) or an educational service center
  2. College or university
  3. Local business

You can see past applications and other details on the Ohio Department of Education’s STEM page.

Our role

Our organization, the Ohio STEM Learning Network, plays several roles in this process. We advise schools seeking STEM designation. We also provide formal recommendations to the State of Ohio on the applications for new schools. (see Ohio Revised Code 3326) Finally, as new schools are awarded designation, we welcome them into our network and connect them with Ohio’s other 50+ STEM schools.

*Community schools under Chapter 3314 of the Revised Code, a chartered nonpublic school, or both may be part of the partnership.

If you have questions about designation, please contact us at