Dear Wilson STEM Academy families,
Wilson STEM Academy is a new "partial magnet" middle school that opened in August 2018. Our school has a strong commitment to excellence and educating the whole child. Our core values include choice, community and vision. We want our students to be fearless risk-takers and creative problem-solvers. Our school features a beautiful state-of-the-art facility, equipped with the latest technology and spaces conducive to providing innovative learning opportunities, thanks to a multi-million dollar renovation. Wilson STEM Academy also has a dynamic staff committed to fully addressing the unique academic, emotional, and social needs of our middle school scholars.
In conjunction with Project Lead The Way, a nationally recognized computer science education organization, the Wilson STEM Academy curriculum includes such computer science courses as Design and Modeling, Flight & Space, Automation and Robotics, App Creators, and Computer Science for Innovators and Makers. Computer science principles (problem solving, critical thinking, and teamwork skills) are integrated into all other classes as well.
In addition to a robust computer science curriculum, our students have multiple opportunities to engage in project-based interdisciplinary learning, where they will simultaneously work to master grade-level standards in English, social studies, science and math. Blended or computer-aided learning helps to ensure that we can personalize learning plans for our scholars to account for their strengths and needs in reading, writing and math. We want our students to leave our school fully prepared to access a college preparatory high school program.
We also have a comprehensive arts program featuring instrumental music, chorus, visual art, dance, television/film production and world drumming. Our after-school sports program offers football, volleyball, cheerleading, basketball, softball, track, soccer, baseball and golf. In addition, all of our scholars are a part of a weekly mentor circle program focused on building a deeper sense of community with their peers. Finally, our scholars have access to numerous leadership-development programming including Be Bold.
Wilson STEM Academy is a part of the Inclusive Practices Pilot Cohort, using co-teaching to provide special education students with specially designed instruction in the general education setting.
We have received a generous grant from Verizon that allows all of our scholars to have an IPad with Wi-Fi access that they can bring home in order to extend their learning. The grant also enables our teachers to access professional development focused on the integration of technology within their respective content areas.
Let me tell you a little about myself. I have been in education for 23 years and consider it one of the best jobs in the world. Prior to joining Wilson this school year, I was an assistant principal for nine years and a principal for four in the Boston Public Schools. I earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and master’s degrees from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts I Boston. I began my career more than 20 years ago in North Carolina, working as an exceptional children’s teacher in Franklin County as part of the Teach For America program. It’s a pleasure to be back in North Carolina.
Thank you for choosing Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools and Wilson STEM Academy.
Jeffrey S. Cook, principal