When St. Lucie Public Schools was awarded the Magnet School Assistance Program Grant in 2017, the district was in a position to revitalize three colleges throughout the faculty district: Creative Arts Academy, Samuel Gaines Academy of Emerging Technologies and Fort Pierce Westwood Academy: The WEST Prep Magnet. Part of this revitalization was to find and construct distinctive packages of curiosity that might acquire the eye of scholars all through the varsity district.
St. Lucie Public Schools started exploring the opportunity of constructing an esports program at Fort Pierce Westwood Academy, its new magnet highschool, within the spring of 2019. The district crew met with varied corporations trying to launch esports initiatives all through the nation, nevertheless these companions didn’t appear to have the imaginative and prescient that St. Lucie was searching for.
In April 2019, the magnet crew participated within the Southeast STEM Ecosystem Convening was launched to the founding father of the North America Scholastic Esports Federation (NASEF), and the imaginative and prescient for esports within the district got here to life.
Many of the packages the crew reviewed beforehand had been centered on “gaming just for gaming,” however the magnet crew realized the distinctiveness of the NASEF program. It centered on college students’ educational achievement, along with offering a career-focused platform that was a recreation changer for the imaginative and prescient of this system. At that time, the district’s esports initiative was off and working.