Stafford Academy for Technology

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    Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT)

    2019-2020 STAT Orientation Dates and Times

    STAT Engineering Program Orientation at NSHS –

    Monday, August 5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

     STAT Biomedical Program Orientation at NSHS –

    Monday, August 5, 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
    Download the orientation letter from NSHS by pointing your Web browser to

    STAT Information Technology Program Orientation at BPHS –

     The DIGIT Event will be Tuesday, July 23, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    If you require information beyond what is available in the resources to the right, please contact your school counselor for enrollment concerns, the STAT teacher for course objectives, assignments, and projects, and the CTE and Workforce Preparedness Lead, Dinah Robinson, for the application process at 540-658-6697 or
    8th grade students must apply this spring to enter STAT as 9th graders in the fall.
    Applications will be available in each middle school counseling office in January.
    The application process for current 8th graders begins in January 2019. All prospective applicants are expected to attend STAT Information Night on Tuesday, January 22, at North Stafford High School. Applications will be available at that time. Completed applications are due by February 28, 2019. Students will receive decisions in May. Students will receive decisions from all programs to which they applied (APPX, CGS, IB, and STAT)  before they are expected to make their choice and submit their response. In general, students will need to choose one program; fulfilling requirements for more than one specialty program cannot be guaranteed due to scheduling issues.
    A competitive selection process is based on the contents of the students' application packet: grades, teacher recommendations, SOL scores, attendance, statement of interest, and activities.
    The STAT application is available online as a fillable PDF. Students can complete their portion of the form, print and turn in the first three pages to their middle school counseling office. They can also fill in the top portion of the teacher recommendation pages, print these, and give the form to each of their teachers. The form can NOT be submitted electronically.  Application and information may be downloaded at the right under Department Resources.
    Students must provide recommendation forms to their math, science and English teachers as soon as they are sure they intend to apply. All students should let their middle school counselor know of their interest. Students are asked to write a statement during the school day about their reasons for applying to STAT; this writing session will take place in March at each middle school.
    Students in 8th grade who are considering STAT should review their career interests. There are three separate program areas, of which students may only apply to one:
    • Engineering
    • Information Technology
    • Biomedical Sciences 

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    Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT) is a state-approved Governor’s STEM Academy.  STAT is a four-year college-prep program of study utilizing integrated hands-on, project-based instruction focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career areas. (STEM includes medical fields). The STAT instructional team includes teachers from sciences,  technology, English, and mathematics.  STAT is open to rising ninth graders on an application basis. The program is half-day. Bus transportation from the base school to the program school is provided.

    STAT offers students the advantage of learning in a "cohort" of like-minded students throughout the four-year program. Course content is integrated when possible to create a coherent learning experience.  Students will undertake service-learning projects and partner with mentors in the business community to build a stronger sense of purpose and a firmer commitment to success in college education, while learning about the demands of the workplace. Students will undertake a senior research project.

    While STAT serves as an excellent preparation for students who look to careers in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field, it will also help any student develop skills essential in the 21st century workplace:

    • think creatively and implement innovation
    • use systems thinking and solve problems
    • communicate clearly and collaborate
    • locate, evaluate and manage information
    • adapt to change
    • work independently
    • gain expertise through self-directed learning
    • value diversity
    • show accountability
    • lead and respect others

    STAT is designed to help students fulfill their potential in the complex life and work environments of the future.

    Preparing for College

    Current STAT students should choose extracurricular and community activities that allow them to give service and deepen knowledge and skills that relate to their educational and career goals. Students can volunteer at their library branch, through United Way or at the Moss Free Clinic. The Virginia Science Fair is highly recommended. For those who don't have transportation readily available, there are numerous online contests and learning opportunities.

    General Career Development

    High school students have three career resources available free of charge: Naviance Family Connection (through each high school counseling web page), Virginia Wizard (, and Virginia CareerView (  Virginia CareerView provides in-depth career information (a useful complement to Virginia Wizard.) Career detail is EXTREMELY important for students to develop robust career plans. Students were also encouraged to be aware of their choices to learn and challenge themselves this year, and through consistent effort, to set themselves apart on their way to an exciting future.

    Continuing Students

    Current program students are expected to earn B or better in each STAT class to stay in the Honors cohort. STAT is a college-prep program and requires students to build a strong academic foundation for future success.

    Project Lead the Way College Credit

    Students who wish to receive college credit for their completed Project Lead the Way (PLTW) course or courses should visit the Project Lead The Way website for a list of college affiliates. Students and families should be aware that credit is applied differently by different institutions and should contact an advisor at their intended college to determine the value of PLTW college credits.

    STAT Curriculum (available through Department Resources, on the right)

    STAT is currently an Honors cohort, with academic courses in English, sciences and mathematics offered at the Honors level. Students in 11th and 12th grade have the choice to "Opt Up" and take college-level courses in English and sciences at their base school to satisfy STAT curricular requirements, while remaining in the technical courses (double-blocked) at their program school.