Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT)

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    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 Teaching & Learning Facilitator, Stefanie Ells, for the application process at 540-658-6685 or ellssl@staffordschools.net.

    The application process for current 8th-graders is now open.  8th-grade students must apply by February 14, 2020, to enter STAT as 9th graders in Fall 2020.

    STAT Application Instructions 2020-2021 (available under STAT Resources to the right)
    This file contains instructions for how to submit an application to the STAT program for the 2020-2021 school year. The application and all teacher recommendations are to be submitted electronically. There are two clickable links in the application instructions file - one for the application and one for the teacher recommendations. The application is designed for the applicant to fill out at a computer and submit through Google Forms. The student must ask his/her English, Science and Math teachers to fill out the teacher recommendation form using the link provided. The application and teacher recommendations MUST be submitted online.  Students will write a statement of interest during a school day in January for one of the programs (Biomedical Science, IT or Engineering).  Ask your counselor for the date scheduled for your school.  The following prompt will be given:  Please describe knowledge and personal experiences which demonstrate your interest in the program and associated careers. 

    All prospective applicants are expected to attend STAT Information Night on Wednesday, November 20, at North Stafford High School. Completed applications are due by February 14, 2020. Students will receive decisions in March. 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 responses. 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.
     
    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, or Biomedical Science. 
     

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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 (www.vawizard.org), and Virginia CareerView (www.vaview.org)  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 under  STAT Resources to 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.