Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy Opens with Ceremonial Ribbon-Cutting

school staff and students cutting ribbon
Surrounded by students, staff, and community members, Principal Shakira Abney-Wisdom cuts the ceremonial ribbon at Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy

On September 17, 2021, a ribbon-cutting ceremony acknowledged and celebrated the opening of Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy. 2020 bond funds allowed for a $560,000 internal renovation of the existing building, which also houses Montbello Career and Technical High School. 

Phase 1 of construction built the infrastructure necessarily to support STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics) programming for the inaugural 9th grade class. Future construction projects are expected to continue supporting the phase-in of grades 10-12 to meet program needs.The phase 1 project scope included: 

  • Science lab
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Dance room
  • Computer lab  
  • Classroom and office furniture
  • Specific classroom technology upgrades
  • Corridor floor and paint upgrades
  • Lockers
  • Bottle fill station
  • Signage/branding 

Founded upon the principles of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), the Robert F. Smith STEAM Academy honors scholars’ history, individuality, cultural experiences, and future potential while providing a rigorous and high-quality academic experience. Learn more at

construction staff meeting in music room
DPS Planning, Design and Construction staff prepare RSSA’s music room in July 2021