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Academy for the Arts, Science, & Technology awarded AdvancED STEM Certification

The Academy for the Arts, Science, and Technology (AAST) has been awarded the AdvancED STEM Certification as an accredited whole school STEM site. This achievement is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence only offered to highly-effective institutions that prioritize education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as a path to success.

AdvancED STEM Certification is the first internationally-recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs, signaling the growing emphasis placed on STEM education by educators, politicians and business leaders around the world. In earning this certification, AAST has demonstrated its commitment to preparing its students for their educational and career opportunities of the future by ensuring its students will have the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their postsecondary pursuits and as workforce contributors in the 21st-century economy.

In order to earn STEM Certification, AAST had to demonstrate adherence to the AdvancED STEM Standard as reflected by the school’s performance across 11 rigorous STEM Indicators. The certification process provides a rigorous evaluation and continuous improvement process, supported by research-based tools and resources. Achieving high scores across the indicators certify that students have been equipped and trained to be innovative, creative and systematic problem-solvers across disciplines.

“We are proud to be an AdvancED STEM Certified School. This certification exhibits AAST’s commitment to addressing workforce needs by preparing our students with the relevant skills and experiences to succeed while demonstrating to the private-sector that we are committed to driving higher levels of student achievement for their STEM pipeline,” said AAST principal Robin Jones.

“STEM certification will continue to uphold our school to high standards while providing a clear roadmap for us to continuously improve our STEM disciplines and program. We are also very proud to have earned a whole school STEM certification status,” said Jones.

AdvancEd STEM whole school certification is awarded to schools that have implemented STEM learning as the core component of their curriculum for all students within the school. STEM Program certification is awarded to schools that have a STEM program offered to a cohort of students within the school. Currently there are 40 schools internationally certified under this process.


AdvancED’s STEM Certification Reviewers examined AAST’s evidence of quality STEM education that the school provided to the review team beforehand, and conducted classroom observations focused on identifying student engagement and collaboration in the learning process using the Effective Learning Environment Observation Tool™ (eleot™). Reviewers also interviewed key stakeholders such as school administrators, STEM faculty and staff, parents, students, and external business and industry partners in order to verify the school’s commitment to connecting students’ STEM experiences in the classroom to the local community and the world at large.

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About AAST

The Academy for the Arts, Science and Technology is a 9-12 STEM school with multiple distinctions, including designation as a National Blue Ribbon School and earning Platinum High Achieving status from the Southern Regional Education Board for being among the top one-percent of 1200 High Schools That Work member sites. Students in Horry County have the opportunity to apply to the four-year STEM education program or to the two-year STEM/STEAM (arts-integration) career-focused major strands which include STEM studies, advanced art, computer science, digital communications, entertainment technology, pre-engineering, pre-medicine, and theatre. Learn more at