HHS Governor's STEM Academy
The HHS Governor's STEM Academy is one of 22 Governor's STEM Academies across the Commonwealth of Virginia. Within the Academy we educate a diverse group of students with a variety of interests, strengths, and backgrounds, to be academic and technical leaders in the 21st century. We accomplish this goal through two distinct pathways; Engineering and Technology, and Mathematics and Science.
In each pathway, students are provided:
- An opportunity to take advanced classes in math, science, and computing.
- Field experience for making connections between class work and the work environment.
- Information to make an informed decision on their future educational and career plans.
- Unique opportunities tailored to the pathway chosen.
- STEMinars that provide connections to people making a living in STEM fields
HHS Governor’s STEM Academey's Mathematics and Science Pathway
The Mathematics and Science pathway within the HHS Governor’s STEM Academy provides students a deep and challenging high school education rich in mathematics and science. Students commit to taking science and mathematics every year, accumulating at least fifteen hours of transferable college credits, nine of which are in math and science. Students in this pathway will have opportunities to investigate a variety of math and science related careers and research through field trips and guest speakers in STEMinars throughout the year. The program culminates in a senior year course of the student’s design of either research or mentorship.
HHS Governor’s STEM Academy's Engineering and Technology Pathway
This pathway is designed for students who have interest and aptitude in applied science and mathematics. Twenty students are chosen from the pool of applicants entering HHS as ninth graders. These students work hard as individuals as well as highly functioning teams in the HHS Governor’s STEM Academy but also are fully engaged members of the student body of HHS as they participate in courses that are integrated with each other for half of the academic day. Students in this pathway will have opportunities to investigate a variety of math, science, technolgy and engineering related careers and research through field trips and guest speakers in STEMinars throughout the year. The program culminates in a senior year dual enrollment engineering course and a capstone project or research of the student's design.