High school students planning to pursue future careers in the STEM fields will be pleased to find a plethora of resources available at the secondary-school level to give them a head start on university STEM programs. Brazilians interested in pursuing chemistry, biology, or engineering sciences, for example, will be impressed with the emphasis on experiential learning in US high schools where state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and field excursions are the norm.
Here are a few of the nation’s best schools for high school students interested in science:
Chaminade College Preparatory School (St. Louis, Missouri) – The young men of Chaminade are exposed to the STEM fields as early as grade six. Responding to an increasing worldwide demand for graduates of science and technology programs, the school is dedicated to preparing its students for university STEM programs and has recently hired new teachers for the health sciences, life sciences, chemistry, biology, conceptual physics, anatomy, geoscience, and PLTW (Project Lead the Way) engineering courses.
The Hun School of Princeton (Princeton, New Jersey) - Founded by former Princeton University mathematics professor Dr. John Gale Hun, the Hun School of Princeton was established to prepare students for rigorous academic futures in STEM fields and beyond. With graduates continuing their education at more than ninety prestigious universities across five continents, clearly this goal has been achieved.
Garrison Forest School (Owings Mills, Maryland) - An all-girls school with a focus on engineering, Garrison Forest School boasts a strategic partnership with Johns Hopkins University to encourage young women to pursue science and engineering. The result is The Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, which links students with faculty mentors at the Johns Hopkins Schools of Engineering, Arts and Sciences, and Public Health.
Hawai'i Preparatory Academy – (Kamuela, Hawaii) - Hawai’i Preparatory Academy (HPA) is an excellent choice for students interested in sciences such as marine biology, agro-ecology, astronomy, robotics, brain research, genetic studies, energy research, and more. Home to the world’s best telescopes and located in a state with 80% of the world's eco-systems, the school also maintains partnerships with Stanford University, Cornell University, and NASA in their internationally recognized Energy Lab. Students are able to pursue rigorous academic courses and independent research projects at the highest levels, preparing them for university and beyond.
The Village School – (Houston, Texas) - Located in the oil and gas hub of the US, The Village School boasts state-of-the-art science and engineering facilities, attracting students from over 50 countries worldwide. The school’s Math and Science Team (established 18 years ago) has consistently placed in the top five in state-wide competitions against other high school teams across Texas. It comes as no surprise that 100% of graduates continue on to four-year universities.
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