Governor's Stem Academy at Osbourn High School
Project Title: The Governor’s STEM Academy at Osbourn High School
Project Lead: Manassas City Public Schools
Program Focus: The Governor’s STEM Academy at Osbourn High School provides students the opportunity to explore STEM careers and build knowledge that leads to post-secondary education and/or career opportunities. The Academy has three pathways: Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance, Network Systems/Cybersecurity, and Engineering Technology.
Academy Website: Governor's Stem Academy at Osbourn High School
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Manassas City Public Schools; Able Moving and Storage; Aurora Flight Sciences; Infinite Printing; Lockheed Martin; Micron Technology; Northern Virginia Checker Cab; Northern Virginia Community College; Twin Air; Impacto Youth; Cowork LLC/DBA Centerfuse; The Anderson Company; and Manassas Regional Airport.
Lead Entity: Manassas City Public Schools
Fiscal Agent: Manassas City Public Schools
K-12 CTE Supervisor
Manassas City Public Schools
P. O. Box 520
Manassas, VA 20108-0520
Academy Location: Osbourn High School
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s STEM Academy will have the capacity to enroll 140 students, grades 9 –12.
Career Pathways: Engineering & Technology, Network Systems, and Facility & Mobile Equipment Maintenance
Academy Goals and Description:
The goal of the Manassas City Public Schools Governor’s STEM Academy is to promote student achievement and interest in STEM-related career fields that prepares students for global competitiveness in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand STEM careers.
The following program goals and performance measures have been established by the Planning/Advisory Committee:
- Goal 1: Student Achievement
- The end-of-course Algebra I and Reading pass advanced rate will increase by 2 percent each year.
- Teachers will create a more rigorous curriculum in reading and mathematics by participating in ongoing training in higher-order thinking strategies and questioning techniques through the Learning Focused Instructional Framework.
- Beginning in the 2017 school year, OHS will increase the number of students enrolled in dual-enrollment courses by 2 percent each year.
- Beginning in the 2017 school year, OHS will increase the graduation rate by .5 percent each year.
- Beginning in the 2017 school year, OHS will decrease the dropout rate by 2 percent each year.
- The CTE supervisor will monitor the credential and certification exams for The Academy’s remediation plan.
- The 2017-18 school year certification test data will provide the baseline that will be assessed to determine the annual test score increase between 2 to 5 percent, within the three Academy pathways.
- Goal 2: Learning Environment
- Based on students’ plans of study, school counselors and teachers will collaborate regarding student progress to guide decisions in course scheduling.
- OHS will provide all students in The Academy with workplace readiness experience prior to high school graduation.
- The CTE Department will include internships, job shadowing, and enrichment programs in the summer that will expose students to local businesses and experiential learning.
- Teachers and school counselors will monitor progress of struggling students and student school engagement through the school division learning management system.
- Teachers and school counselors will provide academic interventions and further community support to work with students and families to ensure on-time high school graduation.
- All students will meet with their Professional School Counselor two times per year to discuss personal goal setting, academic planning, and career planning.
- Counselors will meet with all seniors during the first month of the academic school year to assess on time graduation achievement and post-secondary opportunities/plans.
- Goal 3: Program Effectiveness
- OHS will increase the number of students enrolling in higher education by 2 percent a year.
- Teachers and school counselors will work with AVID teachers and tutors to provide students with requisite knowledge and understanding of enrollment in postsecondary institutions and requirements for admission.
- In conjunction with the end of year VDOE completer survey, The Academy will create an online survey to use as the protocol to follow students to their postsecondary institution and record the number of students who are enrolled in remediation courses.
- Students will take an exit survey requesting notification of postsecondary institution of attendance upon high school graduation. Additionally, data will be collected on college entrance exams to monitor performance. Information will also be gathered concerning employment status after high school graduation.
- OHS will develop an effective CTE data tracking system that will monitor the number of students awarded an industry certification in each pathway compared with the number enrolled in the course.
- In conjunction with the end of year VDOE completer survey, the Academy will implement a survey tracking protocol to follow students to their employment and record the number of students who are employed in high-wage, high-demand, 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, Network Systems, and Facility and Mobile Equipment Maintenance, students 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 21stcentury world;
- Acquire greater communication skills;
- Develop workplace readiness skills;
- Receive opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the work force and when applying to postsecondary institutions, or specialized technical training schools;
- 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.