Three new high schools that feature an innovative curriculum are up and running in North Carolina this school year. The schools focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
The new STEM schools are the City of Medicine Academy in Durham, Craven Early College East, and Wake NC State University Early College in Raleigh.
Tony Habit is the President of the North Carolina New Schools Project.
Tony Habit: "You know we want young people in these schools to master science and mathematics but we also want them to master the liberal arts and the language skills that are required for them to be successful."
A fourth STEM school is slated to open next year in Washington County. It will focus on agriculture. Part of the $400 million North Carolina received in the federal Race to the Top grant is serving as seed money for the schools. The plan is to create a larger network of STEM schools across North Carolina.