Governor’s STEM Academy at Chantilly High School
Project Title: Governor’s STEM Academy at Chantilly High School
Project Lead: Chantilly High School
Program Focus: The program at the Chantilly High School focuses on engineering and technology and cyber security. The Academy provides students with the STEM-enriched technological skills with a focus on college and career readiness.
Academy Website: Governor’s STEM Academy at Chantilly High School
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Fairfax County Public Schools; Northern Virginia Community College; George Mason University; Volgenau School of Engineering; Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce; Inova Health System; Lockheed Martin Corporation; NASA; Micron Technology, Inc.; Northrop Grumman Information Systems; Air Force Association; CyberPatriot;, F.I.R.S.T. Roboics; Vencore; Security of Women Engineers; Virginia Department of Transportation; Booz Allen Hamilton; SRC Inc.; International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26; and Virginia Manufacturers Association.
Lead Entity: Chantilly High School
Fiscal Agent: Fairfax County Public Schools
Scott Settar, Academy Administrator
Chantilly High School
4201 Stringfellow Road
Chantilly, Virginia 20151
Chantilly Governor’s STEM Academy
4201 Stringfellow Road
Chantilly, VA 20151
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s STEM Academy serves 1,500 students in grades 9-12.
Career Pathways: Engineering and Manufacturing Technology, Cyber Security, and related pathways
Academy Goals and Description: The overall goals of the Governor’s STEM Academy are to provide students with the 21st-century, STEM-enriched technological skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in postsecondary education and in STEM-related careers through authentic, rigorous, project-based work while building partnerships with parents, community and business leaders to meet these goals.
Specific Governor’s STEM Academy objectives include:
- Continue to align with the strategic mission of Fairfax County Public Schools’ Portrait of a Graduate to ensure all students are successful communicators; collaborators; ethical and global citizens; creative and critical thinkers; and goal directed and resilient individuals.
- Improve academic achievement of Academy students by increasing academic rigor and relevance within selected pathways.
- Increase dual enrollment courses; offerings and completion rates.
- Provide workplace readiness experiences through strong partnerships with industry and government.
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education.
- Increase the number of students completing a college and workplace readiness curriculum in high school.
- Reduce the number of students requiring developmental coursework in college.
- Increase the number of industry certifications awarded to high school students.
- Increase the number of graduates employed in high-wage, high-skilled careers.
Highlights of the Academy: As a result of participating in the Governor’s STEM Academy in the pathways of Engineering and Technology and Cyber Security will:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge incorporated in their fields of study;
- Benefit from specialized, project-based courses which develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, preparing them for the 21st-century world;
- Acquire effective communication skills;
- Develop relevant workplace readiness skills;
- Receive opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the work force and when applying to advanced training schools or postsecondary institutions;
- Obtain meaningful, real-life, hands-on experiences in their career pathway; and
- Profit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, job shadowing, and cooperative education, which provide students with advantages when entering postsecondary education and/or the workplace.