Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT)
Project Lead: Stafford County Public Schools
Program Focus: The program is focused on three Career Clusters: Information Technology, Science, Engineering and Mathematics, and Health Science. Instruction is provided at Brooke Point High School and North Stafford High School.
Academy Website: Stafford Academy for Technology
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Stafford County Public Schools; Germanna Community College; Defense Acquisition University; Diversified Educational Systems; FredTech STEM16; Employment Resources, Inc.; Fredericksburg Regional Alliance; Fredericksburg Regional Chamber of Commerce; Mary Washington Hospital/Medicorp; Rappahannock Region Small Business Development Center; R.L. Williams, Ltd./Autodesk, Inc.; Stafford County Economic Development; Stafford County Career and Technical Education Advisory Committee; Stafford Rotary; University of Mary Washington; Virginia Employment Commission; Weldon Cooper Center; Workforce Investment Board, Inc.; and Workforce NOW
Lead Entity: Stafford County Public Schools
Fiscal Agent: Stafford County Public Schools
Dinah M. Robinson. M. Ed.
Career and Technical Education Supervisor
31 Stafford Avenue
Stafford, VA 22554
Brooke Point High School
North Stafford High School
Number of Students Served: Currently, over 240 students are served.
Career Pathways: Information Technology; Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; and Health Science.
Academy Goals and Description: The Stafford Academy for Technology will be used as the catalyst to prepare students to meet both current and projected work force needs through an interdisciplinary course of study bringing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics together across all grade levels, K-12. The Academy will assure excellence by raising the aspirations of all students through: 1) the incorporation of workplace experiences as part of the school program; 2) the implementation of industry assessments; 3) the application of concepts through hands-on learning experiences; 4) the alignment of programs of instruction to emerging job opportunities; and 5) the coordination of related efforts throughout a partnership network. The Academy opened at three sites in Stafford County in the fall of 2008. Currently, an Information Technology program is offered at Brooke Point High School, and a Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics and a Health Science program are offered at North Stafford High School. Access is provided for students from all five Stafford County high schools. There is a substantial opportunity for college-credit-bearing coursework and career and technical integration as part of the Academy educational experience. The curriculum of the seven Stafford County middle schools will support and encourage enrollment in the Academy.
Highlights of the Academy:
- The Stafford Academy for Technology has a strong and growing partnership including representatives from business and industry, postsecondary educational institutions, work force and economic development groups, parents, and Stafford County Public Schools.
- A major component of the Academy is the integration of academics and career and technical education staff and curriculum.
- The Stafford Academy for Technology Engineering program is built upon Project Lead the Way curriculum to give students high-quality applications, project and problem-based pre-engineering experience at the high school level. The newly-added Biomedical Sciences program utilizes Project the Way curriculum.
- FIRST Robotics projects and Legos will be incorporated into the middle school curriculum so that students will receive hands-on experience applying instructional technology and science and engineering concepts.
- Small learning communities are a hallmark of the Academy to give students more personalized instruction.
- Required service learning experiences are incorporated into students' academy experiences.
- The Stafford Academy for Technology will address the needs of special populations and nontraditional students in engineering and technology fields.
- The strong connection with business and industry partners will facilitate mentorships, job shadowing, cooperative education, and internships.