Technology Academy & Governor's STEM Academy

Technology Academy

Governor's STEM Academy

The Technology Academy at Landstown High School opened as a school-within-a school in September 2001. It features a cutting-edge curriculum especially designed for students with a deep interest in and talent for technology. The innovative learning environment provides students the added advantage of combining academic and technical training that will prepare them for a variety of post-graduation choices. The Governor’s STEM Academy for Engineering, Marketing, and Information Technology was unanimously approved by the Virginia State Board of Education for implementation in the 2012-2013 school year at Landstown High School. This Academy provides rigorous, advanced academic 4 year plans of study for students in the high-demand fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Program of Study

Program of Study

Two major career strands – Information Technology and Engineering Technology – comprise the program of study. Upon acceptance into the Technology Academy, the student selects their strand of concentration. Within the strand, they then select a pathway of 4 sequentially designed Academy electives. The student must complete all 4 electives in order to successfully complete the program. The Governor’s STEM Academy consists of two primary strand areas – Engineering and Information Technology. Based on their strand of choice, students enrolled in the program will receive course work and acquire skills in a specific career pathway. The two career pathways currently offered are Engineering and Technology and Web and Digital Communications. In conjunction with specialized CTE courses, student will be enrolled in advanced level English, math, and science courses. Our participating students will develop a comprehensive 4 year plan which will include opportunities for advanced level course work, college credits received, and obtaining industry certificates. All strands and pathways provide multiple opportunities for students to gain 21st century, hands-on experiences in real-life situations.

Core Academy Curriculum

Core Governor's STEM Academy Curriculum

Students are required to be enrolled in an Academy elective at LHS each year in order to meet the Academy requirements. They must successfully complete all electives in one strand sequential pathway during this time. One of the four Academy electives may be from a different strand if the student has elected to change their focus of study during their freshman year in the program or the student is completing more than one strand as an approved dual or triple strander. They must successfully complete all course work and obtain a minimum of one industry certificate prior to graduation.

Students entering the program must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing academically, as well as with discipline and attendance.

Middle school students who desire to apply for the Governor’s STEM Academy must have satisfied or be currently enrolled in the pre-requisite courses of Algebra 1 Honors and Earth Science at the time of their application. Additionally, Keyboarding is required for all students pursuing the Business and Information Technology strand. Students accepted into the program will be required to adhere to the 4 year plan program requirements for Science, Math, English, and correlating Academy classes in order to obtain the Governor’s STEM seal on their diploma. They must successfully complete all course work and obtain a minimum of one industry certificate prior to graduation.

Students entering the program must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good standing academically, as well as with discipline and attendance.

Information Technology Strand

Information Technology Strand

Information technology has an increasing presence in day-to-day life and the need for education to bridge the digital divide is more critical than ever. The Information Technology strand of Landstown Technology Academy helps meet this need by preparing high school students for successful careers in information technology. Students will gain an understanding of the connections that exist between their education and the workplace.

Program of Study

Students pursuing their studies in the Business and Information Technology strand will focus their coursework in the career pathway of Web & Digital Communications. Please reference the Program of Study chart provided for a detailed outline of course work required for successful completion of this pathway within the Governor’s STEM Academy.

 

Program of Study

STEM Engineering Technology Strand

STEM Engineering Technology Strand

The Engineering Strand gives students an overview of engineering while allowing them to specialize in one of five areas: Engineering and Technology, Technical Design and Illustration, Electronics, Engineering, and Communication Technology. Each student will complete a minimum of four courses in their sequence. All of the courses within the Engineering strand allow students to gain 21st century skills utilizing hands-on activities and projects.

Sample Programs of Study

Students pursuing their studies in the STEM Engineering Technology strand will focus their coursework in the career pathway of Engineering & Technology. Please reference the Program of Study chart provided for a detailed outline of course work required for successful completion of this pathway within the Governor’s STEM Academy.

 

Program of Study

Student Organizations

Student Organizations

Information Technology students are active members of Future Business Leaders of America. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business related fields. FBLA-PBL provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship

Engineering students are members of the Technology Students Association. The Technology Student Association gives members opportunities for leadership and personal growth in all areas of technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Through TSA's regional, state, and international competitions, members can challenge themselves in over sixty different categories in middle and high school. These competitions stress the importance of STEM concepts, leadership, and presentation skills.

Information Technology students are active members of Future Business Leaders of America. Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda is an educational association of student members preparing for careers in business and business related fields. FBLA-PBL provides innovative leadership development programs to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship

Engineering students are members of the Technology Students Association. The Technology Student Association gives members opportunities for leadership and personal growth in all areas of technology, innovation, design, and engineering. Through TSA's regional, state, and international competitions, members can challenge themselves in over sixty different categories in middle and high school. These competitions stress the importance of STEM concepts, leadership, and presentation skills.

Eligibility

Eligibility

Students will be selected through an application process, which is open to any current eighth-grade student citywide. Keyboarding is required for all students pursuing the Business/ Information Technology strand. Students will be selected through an application process which is open to any current eighth grade student. Students who desire to apply specifically for the Governor’s STEM Academy must indicate this preference on their application in the designated box. The pre-requisites for successful completion of Algebra 1 Honors and Earth Science must be met by completion of the applicants eight grade year. Additionally, keyboarding is required for all students pursuing the Business and Information Technology strand.

Application Process

Application Process

Students will be selected on the basis of their interest in and aptitude for technology, their school records, written essay, teacher recommendations, and parent information sheets. In addition, all applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability in the field of technology through an electronic portfolio. Applications for the Governor's STEM and Technology Academy are available online and VBCPS students are strongly encouraged to submit their application electronically. A hard copy of the application can be obtained on the school division's website at www.vbschools.com for students who are not currently enrolled in a VBCPS middle school. An application timeline listing important due dates is included in the application to guide you through the process.

Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available after October 12, 2017. The application deadline is January 10, 2018.

Students will be selected on the basis of completion of the required pre-requisites, their interest and aptitude for technology, their school records, written essay, teacher recommendations, and parent information sheets. In addition, all applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability in the field of technology through an electronic portfolio. Applications for the Governor's STEM and Technology Academy are available online and VBCPS students are strongly encouraged to submit their application electronically. A hard copy of the application can be obtained on the school division's website at www.vbschools.com for students who are not currently enrolled in a VBCPS middle school. An application timeline listing important due dates is included in the application to guide you through the process.

Applications for the 2018-19 school year will be available after October 12, 2017. The application deadline is January 10, 2018.

Admissions Policy

Admissions Policy

Students will be selected on the basis of their interest in and aptitude for technology, their school records, written essay, teacher recommendations, and parent information sheets. In addition, all applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability in the field of technology through an electronic portfolio that includes two of the following items:

  • multimedia presentation
  • website
  • architectural design
  • newsletter
  • technical manual/ guide
  • database
  • complex machine design
  • an engineering problem/solution paper

Students entering the program must maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA and remain in good standing academically, as well as with discipline and attendance.

Electronic Portfolio Requirements

Students will be selected on the basis of their interest in and aptitude for technology, their school records, written essay, teacher recommendations, and parent information sheets. In addition, all applicants will be required to demonstrate their ability in the field of technology through an electronic portfolio that includes two of the following items:

  • multimedia presentation
  • website
  • architectural design
  • newsletter
  • technical manual/ guide
  • database
  • complex machine design
  • an engineering problem/solution paper

Students entering the program must maintain a minimum 3.0 GPA and remain in good standing academically, as well as with discipline and attendance.

Electronic Portfolio Requirements

Selection Committee

Selection Committee

A selection committee comprised of educators, community members, and technology experts will review the applications of all qualified candidates. In making their selections, the committee will review and consider the following criteria:

  • teacher recommendation
  • achievement data
  • electronic portfolio
  • parent recommendation
  • student essay

Students will be ranked and the top scorers will be recommended for admission to the Landstown Technology Academy. Acceptance letters and letters of intent will be sent per the dates provided in the application timelines. Letters of intent to attend the Academy must be returned to the Coordinator by the stated deadline in the application timeline.

A selection committee comprised of educators, community members, and technology experts will review the applications of all qualified candidates. In making their selections, the committee will review and consider the following criteria:

  • teacher recommendation
  • achievement data
  • electronic portfolio
  • parent recommendation
  • student essay

Students will be ranked and the top scorers will be recommended for admission to the Landstown Governor's STEM Academy. Acceptance letters and letters of intent will be sent per the dates provided in the application timelines. Letters of intent to attend the Academy must be returned to the Coordinator by the stated deadline in the application timeline.

Important Technology Academy Dates

Important Governor's STEM Academy Dates

 

October 12, 2017 5:30-8:30pm District Open House at the VB Convention Center

November 2, 2017 6:00 – 7:30pm Governor's STEM and Technology Academy Open House at Landstown High School for interested students

January 10, 2018 - completed applications due

February 16, 2018 - notification letters sent

February 28, 2018 - letter of intent due

March 8, 2018 6:30 - 8:00pm - Freshmen Registration at Landstown High School

 

October 12, 2017 5:30-8:30pm District Open House at the VB Convention Center

November 2, 2017 6:00 – 7:30pm Governor's STEM and Technology Academy Open House at Landstown High School for interested students

January 10, 2018 - completed applications due

February 16, 2018 - notification letters sent

February 28, 2018 - letter of intent due

March 8, 2018 6:30 - 8:00pm - Freshmen Registration at Landstown High School

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