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The STEM Academy is part of the Passaic County Technical Vocational Schools (PCTVS), a national award winning comprehensive career and technical high school district serving over 4450 students. The STEM Academy is in its fourth year of operation and educating 1050 students. Located on a 55+ acre campus in Wayne, NJ, the STEM Academy accepts students from all municipalities throughout Passaic County. Over 80 faculty members deliver the curriculum of 50+ courses and three focused integrated STEM career areas; Biomedical and Life Sciences, Computer Science, or Engineering.
- Eventually earn 30+ college credits in high school
- Gain experience in multiple STEM careers
- Join one of STEM’s 3 popular programs of study
- Take part in dozens of community service projects
- Enjoy PCTVS’s exciting athletic program. Through more than two dozen sports, young adults learn the true value of sportsmanship and teamwork
- Compete in academic and vocational forums for state and national honors
- Benefit through the PCTVS “It Starts with One,” “Like No Place Else,” “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” “We Are,” “PCT & I,” “IMagINe,” and “Ready. Set. Go!” campaigns
Awards and Achievements
- An athletic powerhouse, PCTVS has won eighteen- state championships and achieved many other legendary accomplishments, which include our Football State Championship, Wrestling State Championship, Winter Cheerleading Co-ed Varsity State Championship and many other County and Big North Conference Liberty Division Championships!
- STEM students have contributed to the success of our winning teams in Football, Soccer, Volleyball and Wrestling.
- A STEM Junior won 1st Place in the Microsoft DigiGirls Competition. She designed an AI app to prevent coronary artery disease.
- Biomedical student selected to attend the National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine in Boston
- Two Biomedical Students represented PCTVS in the HOSA NJ Regionals
- Students from the STEM Academy competed in a Shark Tank style competition as part of the Life Science Diversity Conference. STEM students had two weeks to prepare a project. The result was “No-Plas,” a biological way of speeding up the decomposition of plastic bottles in landfills via the enzyme ideonella sakaiensis, an entry that earned the STEM students third place at the competition!
- The STEM team created two versions of their product – a mist that’s applied to garbage bags and a pad that’s disposed of with garbage. Both concepts utilize bacterium to break down polyethylene.
- Students participated and passed their first virtual college class via Passaic Community College. Students took this class in addition to the demanding 10 core classes that they are currently taking.
- STEM Academy was approved to be an APCapstone institution. Students will complete an AP Seminar, AP Research plus four additional AP classes to receive this designation. We are one of 2000 schools nationwide to receive this status and we are in our 3rd year.
- Many STEM students are teaching assistants in our Fall, Spring and Summer STEM Program for 7th and 8th graders interested in STEM. They taught students how to collaborate and how to embrace making mistakes. They assisted with teaching about the engineering design process, how to code, and about the Scientific method.
- STEM students helped to organize and design a STEM Expo that follows International Science & Engineering Fair (ISF) guidelines. Projects included Crispridcas9 Novel Gene Therapy for the Treatment of Atherosclerotic Predisposition to Coronary Artery Disease, Designing a novel supercapacitor using graphene, Civil Engineering approach to revitalize the City of Paterson.
- STEM student won 1st place in the 2021 State Science Day competition in the Climate Change Challenge!
- STEM student selected as NJ Governor’s STEM Scholar
- STEM team awarded 1st Place state award in the National History Day Competition. They created a website based on ‘The Forgotten Fannie Lou Hamer: Communication And The Civil Rights Movement’
- STEM students took 1st Place in the HOSA Anti-Vaping Campaign. They competed virtually in the International Competition in June.
- STEM Academy sponsored team E-CO2 that participated in the NJ School Board Association STEAM Tank Competition and advanced to the State regional finals.
- 3 STEM teams were selected out of 17 statewide to compete in the NJSTEMTogether Communities Challenge (Sponsored by Siemens). One of the teams finished in 3rd Place.
- Students led 3 different Virtual Parent Nights so they could learn and become acquainted with various experiences in STEM such as solving a medical mystery, coding, and participating in an Engineering Design Challenge.
- 2 Juniors selected to participate in the NJ Governor’s Schools of Science and Engineering at Rutgers University.
- 3 Juniors selected as Questbridge College Scholars
- In 2021, STEM students took 445 AP exams. We had 16 AP Scholars, 12 AP Scholars with Honors, 7 AP Scholars with Distinction
In order to qualify for a PCTVS diploma, a student must earn a total of 167.5 credits which include the following:
|Math (Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2)||15||credits|
|Visual and Performing Arts||5||credits|
|CTE Program/Career Exploration||55||credits|
Each student is required to complete four years of Technical/Vocational training, of which 17.5 credits must be successfully earned in grade 12. All students must participate in a senior research capstone project.
Career and Technical Educational Programs
Students can apply to:
- Academy of Biomedical and Life Sciences
- Academy of Computer Science
- Academy of Engineering
Students will utilize the scientific method and research methodology in project and problem based inquiry. Students will explore the latest research driving innovation in evolving Career and Technical Education fields such as: Biomechanics, Biotechnology, Genetic Engineering, Lab and Research Science, Neuroscience, Pathology and Medicine. Students will acquire a strong scientific foundation as they pursue collaborative teamwork and independent research that fosters opportunities in a dynamic learning environment. Students will showcase their research and presentation skills in their Senior Capstone Project as well as in local, state and national competitions. Biomedical students will devote 4 years to studying Principles of Biomedical and Life Science, Human Body Systems, Medical Interventions and Biomedical Innovation.
This pathway focuses on students establishing a solid foundation in Computer Science and research. The pathway allows students to explore the following areas in the fields of Career and Technical Education: Database Design, Software Engineering, Cyber Security, Mobile App Development, Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 3D Programming. Students will learn to code with a variety of programming languages. Students will explore emerging trends in CS and how it plays an integral and vital role in all aspects of STEM. Students will showcase their research and presentation skills in their Senior Capstone Project as well as in local, state and national competitions. CS students will devote 4 years to studying Computer Science Essentials, Computer Science Principles(AP), Computer Science A (AP), Intro to 3D Programming AR/VR, and Cybersecurity.
Students will survey several areas of engineering: Architecture, Civil, Electrical, Environmental, and Mechanical Engineering. Students will learn the Engineering Design Process and Systems Approach to solving real world problems. Students will learn to work collaboratively in problem and project based learning challenges. Students will showcase their research and presentation skills in their Senior Capstone Project as well as in local, state and national competitions. Engineering students will devote 4 years to studying Principles of Engineering, Introduction to Engineering Design, Digital Electronics, Computer Integrated Manufacturing, and Civil Engineering and Architecture
|Grade||Numeric||General Course Weight||Honors Course Weight||Advanced Placement Course Weight|
|Principal's Honor Roll|
|A or B in all courses & minumum of 3.8 GPA|
|A or B in all courses
School Counseling Department
The STEM Academy School Counseling Department has three full time, on-site school counselors that are assigned to students by their chosen vocational areas. The department also has one dedicated admissions counselor and a student assistant coordinator.
|Academy of Biomedical and Life Sciences||Laura Bania|
|Academy of Computer Science||Lauretta Cregar|
|Academy of Engineering||David Inigo|
|Coordinator School Counseling/Admissions||Dr. Ines Drummond|
|Student Assistance Coordinator||Jennifer Presing|
There are over 50 athletic and co-curricular programs offered to students as part of PCTVS. The high school participates in the Big North Conference and has won state, county, and league championships in numerous sports from football to basketball, volleyball to track and wrestling.
- Among the 4500 students on campus, most participate in one or more of 42 student organizations including: Marching, Concert and Jazz Bands, LEAP (Leaders Emerging Among Peers), Gifted/Talented, as well as service clubs in Business, Finance, and Health.
- Student organizations strengthen the qualities of community & civic responsibility, enhance special interests and inspire school unity and spirit! National, state and local recognition for extraordinary patriotic and extensive community service.
- Many of our Biomedical and Life Sciences students are involved in HOSA (Health Occupations Student Organization). HOSA develops leadership and technical skill competencies through a program of motivation, awareness, community service, which is an integral part of the Biomedical and Life Sciences program.
- Our Computer Science and Engineering students are involved in STEM based student organizations such as; Engineering Club, Robotics Club, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), Society of Black Engineers(SBE). These organizations promote leadership and camaraderie. Students are involved in collaborative experiences/ challenges as well as gaining the opportunity to further their career awareness via guest speakers and lectures.