Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy
Project Title: Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy
Program Lead: Newport News Public Schools
Program Focus: The Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy offers a program of study designed to expand options for students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The program combines academic coursework and research experience with a challenging and focused school environment to prepare students for 21st century careers. Students will gain the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in technologically rich workplaces by learning how to work in teams, communicate effectively and apply the principles of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program is designed to provide high school students the opportunity to explore several STEM career paths in the program areas of Engineering & Robotics, Computer Network Systems, and Computer Science & Game Design.
Academy Website: Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy
Application: Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Newport News Public Schools; Newport News Shipbuilding; NASA Langley Research Center; Norfolk State University; Old Dominion University; Jefferson Lab; Mid-Atlantic Regional Maintenance Center (MARMC); Thomas Nelson Community College; Christopher Newport University; Hampton University; Peninsula Council of Workforce Development; and Virginia Peninsula Chamber of Commerce; Jacobs Technology; and Pepsi Bottling Group
Lead Entity and Fiscal Agent: Newport News Public Schools
Heritage High School
5800 Marshall Avenue
Newport News, VA 23605
Phone: 757-928-6100 ext. 17567
Academy Location: Heritage High School
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s STEM Academy currently serves approximately 450 students in grades 9-12.
Career Pathways: Information Support and Services, Network Systems, Programming and Software Development, Engineering & Technology, Science & Mathematics, and Audio/Video Technology
Academy Goal: The goal of the Heritage High School Governor’s STEM Academy is to promote student achievement and interest in STEM to prepare students for global competitiveness in high-skill, high-wage, and high-demand careers.
The following performance measures have been established by the planning committee:
- Increase the number of students who earn a grade of B or better in advanced mathematics courses beyond Algebra II by 5 percent over the next four years
- Increase the number of Academy students meeting the requirements of the Advanced Studies Diploma by 5 percent over the next four years
- Increase the number of students earning industry certifications by 10 percent over the next four years
- Increase the number of postsecondary credits earned through dual enrollment, advanced placement courses, and the Early College program by 5 percent over the next four years
- Ensure that 100 percent of students participate in work-based learning experiences, through strong partnerships with businesses and organizations
- Increase our school’s high school graduation rate by 3 percent over the next four years
- Reduce our school’s high school dropout rate by 2 percent over the next four years
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education by 5 percent over the next four years by giving students the opportunity to earn dual enrollment credit. Academy graduates will complete Career and Technical Education Follow-Up surveys to determine successful enrollment and retention in postsecondary institutions. Graduates will also have the opportunity to network on the Heritage High School’s Governor’s STEM Academy’s social media sites. This will allow the school to keep in contact with students and receive updates about current postsecondary placements.
- Increase the proportion of students completing a college and career curriculum in high school by increasing enrollment and completion rates annually by 5 percent in specified career pathway academy courses.
- Increase the number of academy graduates employed in high-wage, high-demand, and high-skill careers as identified by the Virginia Employment Commission over the next six years after high school. Approximately sixty percent of Academy graduates will obtain employment within identified career pathways and related occupations following postsecondary education.
Highlights of the Academy: As a result of participating in the Governor’s STEM Academy in the career clusters of Arts, A/V Technology & Communications, Information Technology, and Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics 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 21st-century careers;
- 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 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.