Application Window for 2021-2022 School year
OPENS: November 13th at 8am
CLOSES: December 13th 11:59pm
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Late applications are not accepted. If students are undecided during the application window, they should go ahead and apply to the STEM Academy during the application window. Should a student be accepted, they may rescind the acceptance at a later date; however, they may not apply after the application window closes.
ABOUT THE APPLICATION PROCESS
The Forsyth Central STEM Academy is a four year comprehensive program, which fosters a student centered learning community, with a culture of innovation and adaptive risk-taking, for the purpose of solving complex, non-routine, real-world problems.
The integration of academic disciplines, combined with the STEM Biotechnology and Engineering pathways, allow students to develop transferable skill sets, aimed at maximizing not only a student’s intellectual and technological skills, but also their soft skills in communication, collaboration, service, and leadership. The Forsyth Central STEM Academy is home to roughly 250-300 STEM students grades 9-12 from across the district.
Since its founding in 2011, the STEM Academy has used a competitive admission process to select students from around the Forsyth County School District. Applicants usually represent the top 10-25% of the feeder schools from around the districts and 60% of our population are students who are attending the STEM Academy out of district.
Students are selected, much like a college application process, by a team of reviewers who evaluate applicants based on grades, test scores, teacher recommendations, student organization, motivation, demonstrated interest in STEM subjects, submitted essay responses, and student video submission. This is a competitive admissions process and each year the number of highly qualified applicants has increased.
- Applicants must be in the eighth grade and a full time resident of Forsyth County.
- Applicants are accepted from homeschool and private school, if the students reside in the Forsyth County.
- Since it is a 4 year program, students may only enter the STEM Academy in the 9th grade.
- Applicants must be on the "Advanced" or " Accelerated" math track to apply to the Academy.
- As an entering freshmen, students should be recommended for either:
- Honors Geometry
- ACC Geometry B/ Algebra II