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January, 2016: At Lockheed Martin, High School Internships Take Flight from a Rigorous Engineering Curriculum, Change the Equation blog,
January 5, 2016. See also Change the Equation's Work-Based Learning: An Employer's Guide. Also see more on student internships and teacher externships.
August, 2015: Science for All - A new breed of schools is closing achievement gaps among students and may hold the key to a revitalized 21st-century workforce, By Sharon J. Lynch, Scientific American, July 14, 2015
February, 2015: Case Studies of 8 Inclusive STEM-focused High Schools from Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration in STEM (OSPrI)

August, 2012 -- This page profiles seven STEM High Schools that were launched in the past 7 years and are engaged in both a STEM focus and 21st Century Learning. It has been my practice in the past to only profile and recommend exemplar schools and districts that I know well through personal visits and knowledge. However, today it is possible to visit some schools and districts through the World Wide Web and see documents, articles, and videos that tell the story of what is happening in these places. A good name for this process is "curating". I first consulted knowledgeable colleagues around the country for recommendations and also searched the WWW for candidate schools. In some instances there were other candidate innovative STEM High schools, however there were not sufficient additional artifacts to validate their "innovative" practices. A good reference for STEM schools is the TIES organization. Three of the schools profiled here -- Manor, METSA, and Tech Valley -- are schools I have known from their launch to their first graduating classes and consider them to be exemplar model STEM schools. To develop this page and its resources, I scoured each school's website and then searched the Internet for "artifacts"-- documents, materials, articles, and videos-- that tell the school's story. If you have a recommendation of additional schools to profile, please contact me at I hope this page proves useful to those who are designing and developing the next generation of STEM and S.T.E.A.M. High and Middle Schools. --- Bob Pearlman

            1. MC²STEM High School, Cleveland, Ohio

            2. Linden-McKinley Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics High School, Columbus, Ohio

            3. Metro Early College High School, Columbus, Ohio

            4. Manor New Technology High School, Manor, TX

            5. Math Engineering Science Technology Academy (METSA), Carrolton, TX

            6. Tech Valley High School, Albany Capitol Region, NY

            7. Aviation High School, Des Moines, WA (Profile Coming)

            8. From S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M.

            9. STEM Learning Neworks and Resources


MC²STEM High School, Cleveland, Ohio

MC² STEM High School, which opened in 2008, is a project-based STEM school intent on preparing students for college and successful careers in STEM fields. Students are engaged in a dynamic, rigorous curriculum and project-based learning environment that will prepare them for the 21st century global economy. On top of classes and projects, MC² STEM will provide the students access to internships and apprenticeship opportunities to gain first-hand experience in specific professions to assist with career planning decisions for what to do after graduation. MC² is housed at General Electric Corporation and is one of the first public schools in the country to operate inside a corporation.


Schools that Work (from Edutopia)

STEM Connection: From Classroom to Workplace - Edutopia's Schools that Work profile of MC2 STEM High School

How Successful Careers Begin in School
Internships Provide On-the-Job Learning
Integrated Projects = Deeper Learning
Mastery-Based Assessment Builds Accountability
Research-Based Practices for Engaging Students in STEM Learning
Tutoring and Mentorship Brings Authentic Learning to MC2 STEM High School (VIDEO)
Resources and Downloads for College and Career Readiness
Infographic: The Value of a STEM Education

Articles & Videos


Linden-McKinley STEM High School, Columbus, Ohio

Linden-McKinley HS's STEM program began in 2009. The $34 million renovation and construction has begun to transform Linden-McKinley HS into the STEM 7-12 Academy focusing on science, technology, engineering and math. When fully completed in January 2012, the historic building will again serve students in grades seven through 12 (300 middle school and 700 high school students). All classrooms, science labs and special education rooms will be updated with latest audio visual and technology systems for a state of the art facility. The building is designed to be environmentally sustainable and energy efficient. For the 2010-11 school year, students will continue to take classes at the former North Ed. Center at 100 E. Arcadia Ave.


Articles & Videos

Metro Early College High School, Columbus, Ohio

Metro opened in fall 2006 and graduated its first class of students in June 2010. The school serves students in grades 9-12. Metro is "a small and intellectually vibrant learning community open to students in Franklin County. Metro is designed to serve students who want a personalized and extraordinary learning experience that prepares them for a connected world where math, science and technology are vitally important. All Metro students engage in a personally relevant and academically rigorous curriculum within a safe and trusting environment."



Articles & Videos


Manor New Technology HS, Manor, TX

Manor New Technology High School in Manor, Texas (near Austin) opened in 2007 with grades 9 and 10 and had its first graduating class in May, 2010. It is one of the 35 original Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T-STEM) Academies. The school recruited many of its faculty from the UTeach program at the University of Texas Austin. These and the other Manor New Tech teachers have excelled from the first year in implementing effective 21st Century project-based learning. Students at Manor New Tech have won numerous state and national video contests.


Articles & Videos

See complete web profile of Manor New Technology HS here

Math Engineering Science Technology Academy (METSA), Carrolton, TX

Math Engineering Technology Science Academy (METSA) in Carrolton, Texas (near Dallas) opened in 2007 with grade 9 and had its first graduating class in May, 2011. The school is recognized by the Texas High School Project as one of the exemplary T-STEM academies in Texas and is recognized by the New Technology Foundation as a 21st Century School.


In the Spotlight: METSA, from the Texas High School Project


Articles & Videos

See complete web profile of Math Engineering Science Technology Academy (METSA) here

Tech Valley High School, Albany Capitol Region, NY

Tech Valley High School (TVHS) in the Albany, NY, Capital Region opened in 2007 with grade 9 at the headquarters of MapInfo Corporation in the Rensselaer Technology Park. The school with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, was co-sponsored by the Capitol Region and Questar III BOCES. TVHS was also supported by the regional business community. TVHS is the East Coast Demonstration Site for the National Network of New Technology High Schools.


Articles & Videos

See complete web profile of Tech Valley High School here


Opportunity Structures for Preparation and Inspiration in STEM (OSPrI) at George Washington University, Washington, DC

Case Studies of Inclusive STEM-focused High Schools: