The North Carolina State Board of Education recently awarded seven schools as STEM Schools of Distinction for 2016.

“Focusing on STEM provides students with the knowledge and applied learning experiences that will help ensure they graduate ready for college, careers and life,” State Superintendent June Atkinson said. “STEM fields provide the greatest opportunities for students, and I am glad we are preparing them to take advantage of these careers.”

The schools are recognized based on their leadership, instruction, encouraging critical thinking, reasoning and teamwork. The schools awarded Model Level Achievement link STEM subjects with other courses such as Art, English, and History.

This school year’s STEM Schools of Distinction include:

•    Central Cabarrus High School STEM Magnet Program, Cabarrus County Schools

(Model Level of Achievement)

•    Coltrane-Webb STEM Elementary School, Cabarrus County Schools

(Model Level of Achievement)

•    Davie County High School STEM Center, Davie County Schools

(Prepared Level of Achievement)

•    Nesbitt Discovery Academy, Buncombe County Schools

(Prepared Level of Achievement)

•    North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, Durham County

(Model Future Ready School of Achievement)

•    Patriots STEM Elementary School, Cabarrus County Schools

(Model Level of Achievement)

•    JW York Elementary School, Wake County Public Schools

(Prepared Level of Achievement)