At a Glance

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ACADEMY OVERVIEW
The Greater Peninsula Governorís STEM Academy offers courses of study in two career pathways; Engineering Technology and Information Technology. These are high growth and high compensation occupations within Hampton Roads and for the Commonwealth of Virginia. The academy provides three levels of enrichment activities; Exploratory Saturdays (7th and 8th grade), Academic Preparation (9th and 10th grade); and Advanced Academics and Technical Training (11th and 12th grade). Academy courses may be offered at divisional high schools and/or at New Horizons Regional Education Centers (NHREC).

STEM Academy Diploma Seal Requirements
2.5 GPA, 4 years of science, math beyond Algebra II, 4 years of English, 2 years of foreign language, and earn an industry credential or at least 9 transferable college credits.

ACADEMY BENEFITS

  • Academy graduates will be awarded a Governorís STEM Academy Diploma Seal and a Career and Technical Education Diploma Seal.
  • Academy graduates are eligible to apply for guaranteed admission into the Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC) A.A.S. in Engineering Technology program or A.A.S. in Information Technology Systems program.
  • Academy graduates may receive priority consideration for acceptance into ODUís Engineering Technology or Business Information Technology degree program.
  • Academy graduates may receive guaranteed admission into ECPIís Electronics Engineering Technology or Computer Information Science A.S. or B.S. degree program based on admission requirements.
  • Program partners such as NASA Langley, Newport News Shipbuilding, and Canon Virginia strongly support the Greater Peninsula Governorís STEM Academy and recognize Academy Graduates.

ACADEMY ENRICHMENT ACTIVITIES

EXPLORATORY SATURDAYS
7TH AND 10TH GRADE

A regional series of Saturday events designed to engage and inspire students to pursue careers in Engineering Technology, Information Technology, or other STEM fields. Events include STEM themed hands-on activities (modeling and simulation, robotics, electronics, etc.), interactive problem solving activities, guest speakers from local business and education, and informational sessions for students and parents.

ACADEMIC PREPARATION
9TH AND 10TH GRADE

Students will explore various academic and technical courses available within their divisionís academy program. Courses engage students in project-based learning activities resulting in a deeper understanding of course objectives and key concepts

ADVANCED ACADEMICS AND TECHNICAL TRAINING 11TH AND 12TH GRADE
Students continue taking courses required to earn the Governorís STEM Academy Diploma Seal. Advanced academic and technical coursework prepares students to take an industry recognized credentialing exam. Courses may also be taken for dual enrollment credit where available.