The Gales Pathways to STEM (GPS) program is part of the Lancaster City School District, and headquartered at Lancaster High School. The program was created through a partnership with the Fairfield County Educational Service Center and the PAST Foundation, with the intention of providing students with an integrated curriculum that is informed by real-world experiences.
The program serves over 200 students in grades 9 through 12. Students attend classes at the main campus of Lancaster High School, with upperclassmen also taking classes at the adjacent Ohio University-Lancaster campus. At any given time, you may see freshmen and sophomores immersed in demanding coursework or in rigorous projects, and juniors and seniors stepping up to integrate real-world skills with their education through our Engineering or Biomedical Science pathways. All GPS students engage in a personally relevant and academically rigorous curriculum. Applications are accepted for rising 9th grade students enrolled in the Lancaster City School District.
While STEM is the program's emphasis, students cover all subjects required by Ohio's state standards through an integrated, transdisciplinary approach to learning. Our vision is to provide a vibrant learning community designed to serve students who want a learning experience that prepares them for a connected world where math, science and technology are vitally important.