The Orange Public School District is pleased to announce the opening of the STEM Innovation Academy of Orange in September 2017 and is accepting applications now. The Academy will provide a fully integrated STEM education model using engineering design, mathematical analysis, and scientific investigation to leverage the natural connections between STEM subjects while offering multiple pathways to post-secondary study. The STEM Innovation Academy of Orange is a highly innovative program spanning grades 9-14. The Academy exemplifies an early college model whereby students from Grade 9 on navigate through a six-year scope and sequence of high school and college coursework. This approach would allow students, while completing their high school graduation requirements, to earn college credits toward a degree in one of three majors -- Computing Sciences, Mechanical Engineering, or Biomedical Engineering.
The STEM Innovation Academy of Orange is accepting applications for students who will be entering 9th grade in the 2017-2018 school year. Applications are due May 15, 2017 (11:59 pm). No applications will be accepted after this time. The STEM Innovation Academy of Orange will be located at the district’s Scholars Academy, at 268 Capuchin Way (Freeway Drive East) in Orange.
The long-range vision for The STEM Innovation Academy of Orange (the Academy) is to create a model for STEM education that unites public and private sectors to provide better options for students and that strengthens the continuum from high school to college to careers.
The mission of the STEM Innovation Academy of Orange is to provide students, underrepresented in STEM college majors and careers, with a personalized pathway towards mastery of the skills and knowledge that they will need to make the transition from education to college and industry. The STEM Innovation Academy of Orange considers college admission and completion the goal for all students.