Arkansas - Little Rock
SIATech Little Rock
Little Rock, AR 72209 (Map)
Principal: Katie Hatley Tatum
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SIATech Little Rock Charter High School has been serving Pulaski County students since 2011. The school moved to a new location in Fall 2013. It continues its unique and effective approach with students who need to get back-on track to
SIATech Little Rock is accredited by AdvancED and the Arkansas Department of Education.
Students have credentialed teachers in all areas. The endpoint of the SIATech program is the award of a high school diploma. Graduates leave SIATech prepared for college and career.
SIATech Little Rock delivers a Common Core-aligned curriculum that uses state-of-the-art technologies to integrate academic knowledge and real-world applications within a professional, work-like setting.
Katie Tatum is the founding principal of SIATech. She comes to us with 21 years of educational experience. Seven of those years were spent in administration. She currently holds a K-12 Building Administrator credential with certifications also in English, Special Education, Physical Education and Coaching. Katie has one son. She is excited to be a part of the SIATech family.
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SIATech Little Rock Wins
SIATech Little Rock is pleased to announce it was awarded an eResources Digital Learning Grant from the Arkansas Public School Resource Center. Along with 32 school districts, SIATech Little Rock will receive funds to provide digital coursework to students.
The eResources Digital Learning Grant covers the cost of several additional course options for students. This grant opportunity is available through a partnership with the Walton Family Foundation. SIATech was required to complete an application and implementation plan in its request for the grant money.
Chosen schools and districts were selected through a rigorous grants process which evaluated each application. "We were impressed with the quality of the grant applications we saw," said APSRC Executive Director Scott Smith.
SIATech Little Rock Principal Katie Tatum is thrilled by what the award will mean for students. "This grant allows SIATech Little Rock more flexibility with course offerings. It also allows me to offer students elective classes for which we don't currently have a high-quality teacher. This grant will open many doors academically for our school."
Schools and districts chosen to receive the grant will be required to participate and present in a "Best Practices" Conference hosted by APSRC in order to share their successes and allow other districts the opportunity to learn from them.
SIATech Little Rock looks forward to sharing their best practices and experiences using the resources as a dropout recovery charter high school.
SIATech Little Rock Celebrates Graduation!!
On November 23, 2013, SIATech Little Rock held its first graduation at its new location. The school held a ceremony to congratulate graduates, their families, and the staff on successful completion of their high school programs. Each celebrated the receipt of their well-earned diploma.
Students who fall off track to graduate do so for a variety of reasons. All SIATech graduates have overcome some sort of adversity and obstacles in their quest for a high school diploma. Through their perseverance and determination, SIATech graduates have fought hard to complete school.
Pictured at right is one such student. Principal Katie Tatum smiles with a student who was pregnant when she enrolled at our school, completed all the necessary requirements on October 3rd, and gave birth to her baby the following day. She was back on November 23rd with her newborn to walk in the graduation ceremony. We are all very proud of her, and wish her and her family well.
SIATech Little Rock Reaches Out to the Community
The SIATech Charter High Schoolteam in Little Rock, Arkansas, has spent time spreading the word about the opening of the school's new location. Since September, the Little Rock SIATech team has attended six "spread the word" opportunities.
The outreach efforts range from speaking at local churches to attending community unity rallies. The SIATech Little Rock team is excited about the turn out from publicity. The issue of out-of-school youth is prevalent and nearly every family has been touched by the dropout crisis in some way.
Our team plans to continue to let families know about our new Little Rock campus and be connected with several community outreach events in the spring.
Students and families interested in SIATech Little Rock or any of the SIATech campuses can request more information through our Student Interest Form.
Wendy Bryant is a teacher at SIATech Little Rock Charter High School.
SIATech Little Rock on Fox 16
SIATech Little Rock was featured on Fox 16 TV news on April 30. The segment is on longer school days. SIATech is one of six schools in Arkansas that operate year round. Principal Katie Tatum explains that students lose too much information when they are off for extended periods in the summer. Click here to watch the news story.
SIATech Little Rock Celebrates New Graduates!
On April 19th, 34 graduates received their high school diplomas from Principal Katie Tatum in a touching ceremony at the Little Rock Job Corps.
Pictured, Principal Tatum helps graduate Brittany Craig prepare for her graduation ceremony.
SIATech held its mid-year graduation in conjunction with Little Rock Job Corps.
All the students and graduates were thrilled to give and receive recognition for accomplishments in the Job Corps trades and at the SIATech charter high school. Pictured is graduate Mary Book.
SIATech graduate Blake Shuler-Jaramillo (below) gave the student address which congratulated his fellow graduates on this important accomplishment.
Laurie Pianka, Director of Education for the SIATech school in Little Rock as well as the SIATech campuses in Arizona and New Mexico, attended the ceremony. She recognized the job well done by the SIATech and Little Rock Job Corps staff.
After the graduation ceremony, students in the culinary trade expertly hosted a reception in the Silver Spoon Café. Pictured at right is SIATech graduate Xavier Mazique.
Many of the SIATech graduates have completed their trade through Job Corps. The majority of the graduates chose the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) trade while at Little Rock Job Corps. But, all trades had some SIATech graduates.
Approximately half of the graduating students are exploring college options by completing financial aid and admissions applications, taking ACT and COMPASS entrance exams, and/or applying to ROTC.
Congratulations and best of luck to all our SIATech Little Rock graduates!
Debra Reynolds is the registrar at SIATech at Little Rock Job Corps Center in Arkansas.
One SIATech Little Rock Graduate's College Work Prepares Him for the Future