Alexandria City High School STEM Academy

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  • STEM Academy Video   

    The STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Academy is a small learning community that was developed to reach students who have a deep interest in STEM topics and who do not feel engaged or challenged by a traditional high school model. Our mission is to create a student-centered, inquiry-based environment that is both challenging and supportive so that our students are excited to come to school and can become successful life-long learners.

     The STEM Academy is a school-within-a-school. This program is an appropriate option for students who:

    • Learn best by doing, rather than by more traditional models
    • Benefit from Inquiry-based learning
    • Are inquisitive and likes taking things apart to see how they work
    • Are interested in math and/or science and/or engineering and/or technology such as computer graphics or animation
    • Demonstrate creativity and inquisitiveness 

    The Academy starts with a team of students and teachers who create a learning community that is a collaborative, caring environment. Both students and teachers are learners in a real-world, problem-solving, project-based environment. Students in the Academy will participate in a STEM Explorations course in which they will be immersed in the investigation of real-world engineering and technology problems and decisions affecting their local, state, national and global problems related to human sustainability.

    In addition, students will participate in core classes taught by a team of teachers and will focus on creating connections between the content areas and studied through the lens of STEM.

    STEM Academy Information Sessions 

    If you missed one of our Information Sessions for 2021-22, you can watch a recording or click on the presentation below. 
     
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Ben Matthews, STEM Academy 9 Team Lead, at benjamin.matthews@acps.k12.va.us.