STafford Academy for Technology (STAT IT)
Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT): A Governor’s STEM Academy is only one of 23 state-approved Governor’s STEM Academies in Virginia. STAT is a four-year program of study utilizing a hands-on, project- based model of instruction focused on the career pathways described below. The STAT instructional team includes teachers from the Career and Technical (specialty) area, as well as science, English and mathematics teachers. STAT is open to rising 9th graders on an application basis, and to 10th graders who have taken the first Career and Technical course in that sequence. Bus transportation from the base school is provided. Students are required to use bus service for all classes requiring transportation from a base school to a different high school.
STAT offers students the advantage of learning in a “cohort” of like-minded students during the 9th –12th grade in both academic and CTE coursework. Course content is integrated to create a more coherent learning experience. Courses are integrated with Project Lead the Way (PLTW) applications and taught at an honors level that prepares students for college-level courses in grades 11-12. At the end of 10th grade, students will be asked to reassess their academic plans -- they can stay in the STAT academic cohort class for 11th/12th grade OR they can opt out of their STAT academic cohort and take any higher level course at their base school. In order to avoid scheduling problems between the base school and program school, students must opt out of all STAT academic classes, not just one. Students that opt out of the academic cohort would remain in the STAT CTE Cohort and travel to the program school for half of the day and then return to their base school. Students will undertake long-term projects and partner with mentors in the business community to build a stronger sense of purpose and a firm commitment to success in post-secondary education. A Service Learning experience will be infused into CTE coursework.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BPHS)
The curriculum design is focused on Information Technology with a specialization in Programming.
- Governor’s STEM Academy for students interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
- A cohort of college and career-minded student connect academic learning to college and career goals.
- Three distinct program areas: Biomedical Sciences, Engineering and Information Technology
- Rigorous, sequenced course of study integrates subject areas.
- Transportation is provided for students who are accepted to programs outside their base attendance high school.
- Grades 9-12, half-day, embedded in regular school day.
- Earn credits to fulfill Advanced Studies Diploma.
- Infused with a service-learning experience.
- Emphasis on 21st century skills: analysis, creativity & innovation, critical thinking & problem-solving, collaboration, communication, leadership, initiative, and flexibility.
9th and 10th graders take academic and career/technical (CTE) courses together as a “cohort”; 9th and 10th grade academic courses are Honors level. At the end of 10th grade, students reassess their academic plans -- they can stay in the STAT (Honors) academic cohort for 11th/12th grade OR they can opt out of the STAT academic cohort and take the corresponding academic courses at college-level at their base school. To avoid scheduling problems between the base school and program school, students must opt out of both STAT academic classes, not just one. Students that opt out of the academic cohort remain in the STAT CTE Cohort and travel to the program school for half of the day and then return to their base school.
Selection is based on grades, teacher recommendations (which reflect academic achievement and classroom performance), attendance and interest (as conveyed in a written Statement of Interest.) Application packets are available at the STAT web page at the Stafford County Public Schools website, www.staffordschools.net (click on Academics, click on Career and Technical Education, click on Stafford Academy for Technology.) Paper copies are available in the counseling office at each middle school.
The STAT application is submitted in paper form:
- The Cover, Application and Interests pages are completed and submitted by the student directly to the student’s middle school counseling office.
- The Recommendation pages are submitted by the student to his or her 8th grade math, science and English teachers, who complete and submit the pages directly to the counseling office on the student’s behalf.
- The Statement of Interest is written during the school day at the middle school, and collected at that time.
- Grades and attendance are obtained directly from the SCPS Student Information System.
Students must be residents of Stafford County in order to apply. Further questions about the application and application process may be directed to Diane Bender, email@example.com or 540.658.6713.
INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (BPHS)
The curriculum design is focused on a general computer science course of study. Brooke Point High School’s program encompasses two blocks every day.
Information Technology Curriculum (Brooke Point High School)
11th Grade (two technical courses)
12th Grade (two technical courses)
Information Technology Fundamentals
Advanced Programming (combines Programming and Advanced Programming content)
AP Computer Science 3185S#
IB Computer Science IB3185S#
Cybersecurity (course number TBA)
AP Computer Principals 3199S#
4 credits *
Honors Algebra 1 3130SH or Honors Geometry 3143SH or Honors Algebra II 3135SH
Honors Geometry 3143SH or Honors Algebra II 3135SH
Students follow next course in sequence at base school based on teacher recommendation: Algebra II, Honors Algebra II, Algebra III, Math Analysis, Calculus, AP Calculus**
Honors Earth Science
Honors Chemistry 4410 SH***
Honors Physics 4510 SH***
Honors English 9
Honors English 10
Honors English 11
Dual Enrollment English Composition 1177SD***#
*Students taking Algebra II in 9th grade will be offered schedule adjustments which allow them to remain on their advanced mathematics track.
**Math is highly recommended at base school during 11th and 12th grade years. Students who intend to pursue STEM college majors and careers should choose four courses of algebra-based math (as shown) to fulfill required credits of math. Statistics should be added as an elective. Social Studies, Physical Education, World Language and electives should be based on student preference and availability. Students are required to earn an Advanced Studies Diploma.
*** During the 11th and 12th grades, students will have the option to “opt up” from the STAT academic cohort to take the corresponding science or English courses at college-level. College-level credit may be available in some academic and CTE courses.
# Weighted 1.0 or 0.5