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STAT Information and Application

STAT Information Night for families took place on January 7.

In-school presentations intended primarily for students are scheduled at all SCPS middle schools. Parents are welcome but should contact counselors if they expect to attend.

Poole Middle:  Wednesday, January 13 at 1:30 pm (has taken place)
Shirley Heim Middle: Friday, January 22 at 8:30 am
Stafford Middle: Tuesday, Feb 2 at 11:10 am
Drew Middle: Wednesday, Feb 3 at 9:30 am
Dixon-Smith Middle: Wednesday, Feb 3 at 1:30 pm
Gayle Middle: Tuesday, Feb 9 at 8:30 am
Thompson Middle - Wednesday, Feb 10 at 9:40 am
A.G. Wright Middle: Wednesday, Feb 10 at 1:30 pm

Applications are available shortly on this web site (see links on the right side of this page), and in all middle school counseling offices.

STAT News - late October

Students in 8th grade who are considering STAT should review their career interests. There are three separate program areas - Engineering, Information Technology and Biomedical Sciences - of which students may only apply to one. Here are some videos that were shown at Signature Night:

"I Am a Scientist"

"Why Do You Want to Be an Engineer?"

"Coding - the New Superpower"

Please visit the 16 Career Clusters web page to take a survey, and find more resources for career exploration.

STAT News - October

Current STAT students should choose extracurricular and community activities that allow them to give service and deepen knowledge and skills that relate to their educational and career goals. Students can volunteer at their library branch, through United Way or at the Moss Free Clinic. The Virginia Science Fair is highly recommended. For those who don't have transportation readily available, there are numerous online contests and learning opportunities. Please contact the Career Specialist for suggestions.

STAT News - late September

Prospective STAT students (current 8th graders with interest in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,  health and medical careers, and computing): please attend Signature Programs Night on October 28 at Brooke Point High School. This event allows you to determine which programs you should learn more about this fall and winter. Application deadlines are after the winter break for Advanced Placement Program of Excellence (APPX), Commonwealth Governor's School (CGS), International Baccalaureate (IB), and Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT). But before students apply to any program or programs, they are expected to participate in information sessions specifically for the program or programs that interest them.

Prospective STAT students should take an Interest Assessment to see if their interests fit with any of the three programs offered: Engineering, Biomedical Sciences or Information Technology. Students must choose one area only, and STAT is only recommended for students who intend to pursue further education and careers in one of these areas. At the 16 Career Clusters page, students can take an assessment, view sample career titles and link to resource websites to deepen their understanding.

STAT News - September

The Career Specialist met with STAT Engineering program students in grades 9 and 12 and shared the Commonwealth's career and college planning website, Virginia Wizard, at www.vawizard.org  Students created an account at this free educational site and took an Interest Assessment. Students who want to hone their results can retake the assessment or take additional assessments, and find out what college programs of study are connected with the career areas that interest them. Please contact the Career Specialist, Mrs. Emerson if your student missed the opportunity or had any difficulty using the site.

9th graders also used Virginia CareerView, at www.vaview.org . Virginia CareerView provides in-depth career information (a useful complement to Virginia Wizard.) Career detail is EXTREMELY important for students to develop robust career plans. Students were also encouraged to be aware of their choices to learn and challenge themselves this year, and through consistent effort, to set themselves apart on their way to an exciting future.

12th graders learned keywords for discovering application requirements and deadlines at typical college websites and were encouraged to acquire information early and use a calendar system to track these requirements. They also used Parchment, a website for college admissions planning, to learn median standardized test scores and GPA for applicants, accepted and denied students at colleges that interest them. Again, please contact the Career Specialist, Mrs. Emerson, if your student missed the lesson or has any concerns about the sites and information found therein.

Interest, Career Detail and Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Development

Parents - use the links provided to discuss STEM career information with your child. Students need to know everyday details of careers to develop robust career plans.

Interested in STEM Careers?

Take an assessment and view information and links for the corresponding clusters: Biomedical (Health) Sciences, Engineering or Information Technology - at the 16 Career Clusters Web Page.

The 16 Career Clusters system is used by middle and high school counseling departments to assist students in educational planning. This web page provides online resources for students to explore and weigh their options. Career Clusters can help high school students make elective choices that complement their academic requirements while giving them experiences that build toward college and career success. For a career assessment based on the 16 Career Clusters, Click here.

Stafford Academy for Technology (STAT) is a state-approved Governor’s STEM Academy.  STAT is a four-year college-prep program of study utilizing integrated hands-on, project-based instruction focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) career areas. (STEM includes medical fields). The STAT instructional team includes teachers from sciences,  technology, English, and mathematics.  STAT is open to rising ninth graders on an application basis. The program is half-day. Bus transportation from the base school to the program school is provided.

STAT offers students the advantage of learning in a "cohort" of like-minded students throughout the four-year program. Course content is integrated when possible to create a coherent learning experience.  Students will undertake service-learning projects and partner with mentors in the business community to build a stronger sense of purpose and a firmer commitment to success in college education, while learning about the demands of the workplace. Students will undertake a senior research project.

While STAT serves as an excellent preparation for students who look to careers in a Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics field, it will also help any student develop skills essential in the 21st century workplace:

  • think creatively and implement innovation
  • use systems thinking and solve problems
  • communicate clearly and collaborate
  • locate, evaluate and manage information
  • adapt to change
  • work independently
  • gain expertise through self-directed learning
  • value diversity
  • show accountability
  • lead and respect others

STAT is designed to help students fulfill their potential in the complex life and work environments of the future.

  Links and Resources  

STEM News and Information

STAT Application  - available

STAT Overview brochure

STAT Curriculum (updated Jan 2016)

STAT Expectations

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum used in STAT Biomedical Sciences

Project Lead the Way (PLTW) curriculum used in STAT Engineering

Career Interest Assessment

Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) 

Engineering Careers

I Want to Engineer...(Video)

Discover Engineering 

Engineer Your Life 

Try Engineering

Engineering Family Toolkit
Health and Medical Careers

"I Am A Scientist." (video)

Dot Diva

Other STEM Resources

STEM Alliance Explore Magazine

Explore STEM careers through on-line games and activities (coming soon)

FIRST Robotics

Virginia FIRST Robotics

Career Resources

Virginia CareerView

SCPS Career Links

R U Ready? (magazine)

College Resources

Virginia Education Wizard

State Council for Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) Freshman Profiles for Virginia Colleges and Universities

Germanna Community College Engineering Program (transfer to complete 4-year program)

Germanna Community College  Guaranteed Admission Program

My Future, My Way (college planning for middle school students)

College Prep Checklist

  STEM News & Information  

STEM programs at Germanna Community College

Germanna Community College has a new Science & Engineering Building and Information Commons on the highly accessible Fredericksburg Area Campus (Massaponax area). Germanna offers a variety of STEM-related opportunities, including Guaranteed Admissions Agreements with VT, UVA, and ODU Engineering programs. There are many ways for students to advance toward their STEM future by starting at Germanna. Speak with an admissions counselor at Germanna and and see the state-of-the-art, “green” (LEED Silver-rated) facility!


STEM is more than just gadgets! STEM professionals use science, mathematics and technology to make the world a better place. Innovations in harnessing power from the sun and the wind can bring the benefits of electrification to rural and underdeveloped areas where traditional technologies have been unsuccessful. Already, cell phones are a powerful tool for personal banking in underdeveloped countries, helping people's businesses and lives become more financially stable. Finding better ways to purify water protects peoples lives - they suffer fewer bacterial and parasitic infections and live longer, healthier (and no doubt, happier) lives. Technology helps those with disabilities learn and contribute in society. Information technology allows us to use applications like Twitter and Skype to stay in touch with all our friends and acquaintances, no matter how numerous or distant! In addition to these types of opportunities, STEM careers offer creativity, variety, and secure, above-average income.

Would you like to be part of a team that makes tomorrow a better place? Then think about becoming a STEM professional. This is work that repays your heart as well as your mind!

To investigate careers in STEM, including health and medical careers and information technology, visit Virginia CareerView (www.vaview.org ) or Virginia Wizard (www.vawizard.org, account is free). Both of these sites allow students to take assessments and connect their interests with clusters or groups of suggested careers. They should spend time reading and learning about the activities, education, etc, associated with careers of interest.

General information about career development (assessments, resources, web sites) is available at the School-to-Career page.  Please click here for the School-to-Career Program page.

For additional program information contact Ann Emerson, aemerson@staffordschools.net.


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