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The Governor's STEM & Technology Academy
at Landstown High School

The Landstown Governorís STEM & Technology Academy features a curriculum designed for students with a keen interest in and talent for technology. Students attending the Governorís STEM & Technology Academy take core academic courses as well as technology elective courses from three major career strands: STEM engineering technology, information technology, and entrepreneurship technology. Students accepted into the Governorís STEM Academy are required to take specific science, math, English, and Academy electives to satisfy the requirements of this specialized program.

The Landstown Governorís STEM & Technology Academy combines academic and technical training that prepares students for a variety of post-graduation choices: college/university studies, advanced technology training, or entry-level jobs. They will be eligible for either a Standard or Advanced Studies diploma. Students may also qualify for the Board of Education’s Seal of Advanced Mathematics and Technology depending on their course selections.

Admission to the program is through application only. Applications are due in January for the following school year and may be obtained and completed online. Current eighth graders may apply to enter the Landstown Governorís STEM Academy or the Technology Academy. Students applying specifically to the Governorís STEM Academy must meet the pre-requisite requirements of successful completion of Algebra I Honors and Earth Science prior to admission. Students pursuing studies in the Business/IT strand for either program must also meet the requirement for completion of Keyboarding. Placement into the Governorís STEM & Technology Academy is dependent on positive teacher recommendations, above average grades, and electronic portfolio activities that demonstrate ability in technology.

Core Academy Curriculum

The following courses serve as the Core Academy Curriculum. Additional courses will be added as need and demand dictate.

Academy Elective Courses

Strand Course Title 9 10 11 12
Engineering Technology Electricity/Electronic I * X X X X
Certifications Possible:
  • Autodesk AutoCAD
  • Adobe Flash CS5
  • Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills
  • Autodesk 3Ds Max
  • NOCTI Engineering
  • NOCTI Electronics
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • RobotC
  • Inventor
  • Revit
  • ArcView GIS
  • OSHA
  • Solidworks
Electricity/Electronic II (Accelerated Electronics)* X X X
Basic Technical Drawing* X X X X
Engineering Drawing* X X X
Architectural Drawing* X X X
Digital Visualization X X
Bioengineering X X X
Technical IT Support X
Introduction to Engineering X X X X
Geospatial X X
Engineering Design and Development X X
Robotics X X
Materials and Process Technology X X X X
Physics of Technology 1 and 2 X X X X
           
Information Technology Keyboarding (s)* X X X X
Certifications Possible:
  • Internet & Computing Core
  • Oracle-SQL
  • PL/SQL
  • Rich Media Communication
  • MOS
  • Adobe Certified Associate Web Communications
  • NOCTI Virtual Enterprise
  • Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills
  • W!SE Financial Literacy
Keyboarding Applications (s)* X X X X
Web-based Development and Administration X X X X
Information Technology Fundamentals X X X X
Computer Information Systems X X X X
AP Computer Science X X
Business Management/Virtual Enterprise X X
Database Management and Administration * (Oracle) X X X
Advanced Database Management and Administration (PL/SQL) *   X X
Design, Multimedia and Web Technologies   X X
Entrepreneurship Technology Marketing X X X X
Certifications Possible:
  • NRF Customer Service
  • NRF Sales
  • Virginia Workplace Readiness Skills
Advanced Marketing X X X X
Internet Marketing (Electronic Commerce) X X X X
Global Marketing and Commerce X X X X
Advanced Global Marketing and Commerce X X X
Travel and Tourism X X X X
Advanced Travel and Tourism X X X
Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation Marketing X X X
Advanced Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation X X X
Entrepreneurship X X X X
Advanced Entrepreneurship * X X X

* Articulated courses
+ Dual-Enrollment courses
(s) semester courses

Program Components

The Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy features a cutting-edge elective curriculum especially designed for highly motivated students who exhibit an affinity for technology. Students have multiple opportunities for taking advanced courses, participating in the dual enrollment program with Tidewater Community College, and sampling special programs featuring mentorships and internships. The innovative learning environment of the Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy also provides students the added advantage of combining academic and technical training that prepares them for a variety of post-graduate choices: entry-level jobs, advanced technology training, or college or university studies. Students are drawn from across the city and may choose either the Standard Program or the Advanced Studies Program. Academic choices open to students are varied and range from pursuing multiple industry certifications to obtaining credits towards an associate's degree from TCC, in conjunction with a high school diploma.

Students select one strand in which to focus their academic studies completing a comprehensive sequence that will prepare them for the appropriate associated industry certification(s). Students may select to dual or triple strand, maximizing their academic experience and skills learned. Analytical problem solving approaches to real world situations are emphasized in classroom instruction, as well as hands-on applications in a 21st century learning environment. Students are exposed to STEM-enriched curricula and afforded multiple opportunities to apply their knowledge and skills through the many projects they complete and competitions in which they participate. Each strand is complemented with a student organization that reinforces leadership skills, collaborative learning and community service. Additionally, if eligibility requirements are met, students may partake in the National Technical Honor Society.

Program of Study

Three major career strands – Information Technology, STEM Engineering Technology, and Entrepreneurship Technology – comprise the program of study. In addition, all programs have entry and exit points within the curriculum strands so that students have increased flexibility in career and college choices. For example, should a student decide to change from a concentration in Entrepreneurship Technology to one in Information Technology, this may be possible in the academic program with appropriate planning and guidance if the student’s schedule permits. A benefit of this flexibility is that a student is not locked into a program for the duration of his or her high school career should their interest change. Students must be enrolled in an Academy elective at LHS each year. Additionally, if dual or triple stranding, a minimum of three of these electives must be from each strand sequence to complete the Academy program of study. Students attending the Governor's STEM Academy must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students attending the Technology Academy must maintain a 2.0 GPA.

For detailed course descriptions and a sample student schedule, please refer to the Secondary School Curriculum Guide.

VaziralliJennifer Vaziralli
Class of 2005
Virginia Tech Class of 2008


"Landstown made it a top priority to not only prepare us to graduate, but to conquer challenges experienced through our post-secondary endeavors."

For additional information please call the Academy Coordinator at 757.648.5500 ext. 85544, or email Lisette Diehl rldiehl@vbschools.com at Landstown High School.


Last Modified on Monday, January 30, 2017