STEM is an acronym that stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. These fields are increasingly important to finding solutions to sustaining our planet and its people. Additional focus on STEM education and innovation will help our nation become be ever more competitive in the global economy.
The Wake NC State STEM Early College High School is a small public school of choice; a joint project between the Wake County Public School System, NC State University, and the NC New Schools Project. STEM is the theme of our school’s program in addition to our identity as an early college. Early college means students take college courses at NCSU as well as the courses required to earn a high school diploma over a five year period. Exploration of the Grand Challenges for Engineering is a common instructional focus that extends through various courses in our program. Because engineering involves so many areas of math and science it is a great scaffold on which to build a STEM education.
The STEM ECHS will allow students to earn both a high school diploma and up to two years of college credit at NC State University at the conclusion of their five year program.
It is essential that students who come to our program are highly interested in one or more of the content areas of science, technology, engineering, and/or math, have a strong desire to attend college. This will require students to be dedicated and focused since they will be both high school and college students.
The Wake NC State University STEM ECHS will be a small school by design, allowing the staff to place a high priority on personalization, to develop relationships between students and staff, and to create a highly challenging yet supportive learning environment. Students who will be the first in their family to earn a college degree are strongly encouraged to apply.
The mission of the Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School is to provide a highly supportive and academically challenging learning environment for students underserved in a traditional high school setting and underrepresented in the STEM disciplines, including first generation college going students, who will graduate prepared to compete globally in careers related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.