Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Academy

The T.C. Williams STEM Academy is a school-within-a-school. This program is an appropriate option for any student who:

  • Learns best by doing, rather than by more traditional instructional models;
  • Benefits from inquiry-based learning;
  • Is inquisitive and likes taking things apart to see how they work;
  • Is interested in math and/or science and/or engineering and/or technology such as computer graphics or animation;
  • Demonstrates creativity and inquisitiveness; and
  • Will be a freshman in the 2020-21 school year.

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.

Student Requirements

Graduates of the T.C. STEM Academy complete the program by meeting the following benchmarks:

  • Meet the requirements for an advanced high school diploma
  • Earn one or more industry certifications
  • Complete a rigorous STEM Pathway
  • Earn at least nine transferable college credits as defined by the Early College Scholars program including dual enrollment and Advanced Placement
  • Participate in cohort model in grade 9
  • Follow course requirements and CTE STEM pathways in grades 9 through 12
  • Complete the Senior STEM Seminar or Science Research class in grades 11 or 12. This class will include:
    • apprenticeships, mentorships, job shadowing, internships, cooperative education
    • project-based learning opportunities
    • school, community or service learning experiences
    • culminating research project with an electronic portfolio and final STEM reflection presentation.

Academy Goals

  • To maximize opportunities in preparing students for targeted careers by breaking down barriers between traditional core academics and CTE, between high school and postsecondary education and training, and between education and the workplace.
  • To raise student aspirations and attract more students to postsecondary education in preparation for technical careers.
  • To provide well-trained workers to support the recruitment of new businesses and industries to the commonwealth and to meet the workforce needs of existing business and industry.

Application Procedure

The 2020-21 STEM application will be released on February 24, 2020. The application includes a section for students to fill out which includes a paragraph of interest, as well as two recommendation forms that must be submitted by teachers or mentors. After the application due date, the STEM team will schedule interviews with students who have submitted a complete application with recommendations. Upon the conclusion of interviews, students will be notified of their status based on the information obtained from the application, recommendations, and interview.

CTE Stem Pathway Options and Courses

PATHWAY OPTIONS

YEAR I

9TH GRADE

YEAR II

10TH GRADE

YEAR III

11TH GRADE

YEAR IV

12TH GRADE

Engineering and Technology

Engineering Explorations I

Engineering Analysis and Applications II (Robotics)

Aerospace Technology I

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Engineering

Electronics Systems

Electronics Systems I

Electronics Systems II

Computer Systems Networking

Cybersecurity Fundamentals

CISCO Academy / Dual Enrollment Networking Hardware Operations I and II

Cybersecurity

Cloud Computing

Sustainability/Biotechnology/ Forensics

Sustainability and Renewable Technologies

Biotechnology and Forensics Foundations

Architectural/Engineering Design

Technical Drawing and Design I

Advanced Engineering
Drawing and Design II

Advanced Architectural Drawing and Design II

Recommended STEM Course Map with Advanced Studies Diploma

SUBJECT

COURSES

 

9TH GRADE COHORT

10TH GRADE COHORT

11TH GRADE STUDENT CHOICE

12TH GRADE STUDENT CHOICE

*Available to seniors in 2020-21 school year.

English Language Arts

Honors English 9

Honors English 10

Honors English 11: Survey of American Literature

AP English Language and Composition

Dual Enrollment College Composition 11

AP English Literature and Composition

Dual Enrollment College Composition 12

Dual Enrollment Survey of World Literature

Mathematics

Algebra II / Geometry

Pre-Calculus

Discrete Mathematics

AP Statistics

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science Principles

Algebra II

AP Statistics

AP Calculus AB

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science Principles

Discrete Mathematics

Pre-Calculus

AP Statistics

AP Calculus BC

AP Computer Science A

AP Computer Science Principles

Discrete Mathematics

Dual Enrollment Calculus II

Science

Honors Biology I

Honors Chemistry I

AP Physics 1

Physics I

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Honors Earth Science I

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics 1

Physics I

AP Biology

AP Chemistry

Honors Earth Science I

AP Environmental Science

AP Physics 1

AP Physics 2

Social Studies

Honors World History and Geography Part I

AP Human Geography

Honors World History and Geography Part II

AP World History: Modern

Honors Virginia and U.S. History

AP United States History

Dual Enrollment College U.S. History

Honors Virginia and U.S. Government - We the People

AP United States Government and Politics

CTE

CTE STEM Pathway Course: Engineering and Technology

Electronics Systems

Computer Systems Networking

Sustainability / Biotechnology / Forensics

Architectural / Engineering

Design

CTE STEM Pathway Course: Engineering and Technology

Electronics Systems

Computer Systems Networking

Sustainability / Biotechnology / Forensics

Architectural / Engineering

Design

CTE STEM Pathway Course: Engineering and Technology

Electronics Systems Computer Systems Networking

Sustainability / Biotechnology / Forensics

Architectural / Engineering

Design

CTE STEM Pathway Course: Engineering and Technology

Electronics Systems Computer Systems Networking

Sustainability / Biotechnology / Forensics

Architectural / Engineering

Design

Economics and Personal Finance

   

Economics and Personal Finance (This course can be taken either in grade 11 or 12)

AP Microeconomics

AP Macroeconomics

Economics and Personal Finance
(This course can be taken either in grade 11 or 12)

AP Microeconomics

AP Macroeconomics

STEM Elective

(Advisory)

STEM Explorations I

 

STEM Capstone or Science Research

STEM Seminar or Science Research (one of these courses should be taken either in grade 11 or 12)

STEM Research: Independent

Study including:

a) apprenticeships, mentorships, job shadowing, internships, cooperative education

b) project-based learning opportunities

c) school, community, or service learning experiences

d) culminating research project with an electronic portfolio and final STEM reflection presentation

Health and Physical Education

Health and Physical Education 9

Health and Physical Education 10

   

World Language

Chinese I, Chinese II, Chinese III

French I, French II, French III

German I, German II, German III

Latin I, Latin II, Latin III

Spanish I, Spanish II, Spanish III

Chinese II, Chinese III, Chinese IV Honors, French II, French III, French IV Honors, German II, German III, German IV Honors, Latin II, Latin III, Latin IV Honors, Spanish II, Spanish III, Spanish IV Honors

(Elective) Chinese III, Chinese IV Honors, AP Chinese Language and Culture, French III, French IV Honors, AP French Language and Culture, German III, German IV Honors, AP German Language and Culture, Latin III, Latin IV Honors, AP Latin, Spanish III, Spanish IV Honors, AP Spanish Language and Culture