MNPS will establish a STEM academy, the Academy of Global Science and Health, in Hillsboro High School in partnership with the Vanderbilt University Center for Science Outreach (CSO) to be implemented in the 2011-2012 school year. The Academy of Global Science and Health will focus on developing an innovative research-based STEM program that will provide students with a four-year interdisciplinary elective curriculum that will go beyond traditional STEM coursework. The program will be modeled on the current School for Science and Math at Vanderbilt (SSMV) and the School for Science and Math at Stratford (SSMS) which is a part of the Stratford Academy of Science and Engineering. Scientists from Vanderbilt will be integrated into the program as guest lecturers and research mentors. Science Teaching Fellows in the CSO Scientist in the Classroom Partnership (SCP) Program will provide ongoing in-classroom instruction together with Hillsboro teachers.
Race to the Top funds provide for curriculum development, instructional design, and professional development for faculty, as well as STEM-related equipment and materials. A location in the school has been selected that will house a state-of-the-art science laboratory with adjacent classroom. The facilities will be supplied with full technological capabilities to support STEM instruction, in addition to videoconferencing equipment to allow students direct access to scientists and engineers at Vanderbilt and around the world.