This summer, Chantilly Academy will begin to transition into a Governor’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Academy with full implementation occuring in the 2013-14 school year.
Currently, Chantilly Academy offers career-focused classes at to students from 19 high schools in Fairfax County. These programs include Animal Science, Air Force JROTC, Criminal Justice, Engineering and Health Sciences. Chantilly Academy also offers dual-enrollment options for students who wish to gain college credit while still in high school.
As the first and only Governor’s STEM Academy in Fairfax County, students from every high school in the county will be able to participate and more programs will be available.
FCPS released a statement stating that the "Governor's STEM Academies are designed to expand options for students to acquire literacy in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics while earning industry credentials required for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skill careers."
Douglas Wright, Chantilly Academy principal, believes the new STEM Academy will bring a stronger emphasis to its programs. He said, "STEM carries significance" which parents and students demand in order for the education to stay competitive.
Wright added that he hopes Chantilly High will become the " of the West."
More information about the STEM Academy and its implementation in Fairfax County can be found in the attached PDF file.