Magnet Themes
Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)

STEM education is an integrated approach to teaching and learning. Problem-based experiences occur both in and out of the classroom so that students develop the basic skills and attitudes necessary to apply mathematical and scientific principles to the solution of real-world problems.

At John Motley Morehead STEM Academy, the areas of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are fully integrated into the core curriculum.  The K-8 program Morehead builds upon students’ interests in real-life issues and the world around them and offers classes in all subject areas with specially designed experiences in the areas of mathematics, the sciences, engineering and technology.  This is accomplished through outdoor classrooms, research skills, STEM-related electives, science note-booking, clubs, competitions and other opportunities that make learning engaging and relevant for students. All of this is supported by involved families, community partnerships, and a comprehensive fine arts program that includes art, music, and band.

Serving grades 9-12, Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology provides a rigorous core academic curriculum as well as relevant technical offerings specific to three Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) academy clusters: the Academy of Engineering; the Academy of Information Technology; and, the Biomedical Academy.  There is a focus on the practical application of STEM skills and concepts found in each academy cluster.  More than 40 career and technical education courses are offered within the three STEM Academies.  Teachers at Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology facilitate and differentiate instruction to address the learning styles of all students within a school culture that values and honors all students.  The school’s mission is to provide an education centered on a rigorous and relevant curriculum with focused human relations between students, parents, staff and community.

Special Features at J.M. Morehead Academy (K-8)

  • Active involvement of community STEM partnerships and resources
  • Research skills integrated into the academic program with opportunities to interact with working scientists on special research projects
  • Technology used for collecting and analyzing data for real-life application in the classroom
  • Specially trained teachers for science, technology, engineering and mathematics studies
  • Strong literacy program, including mathematical and technological literacy
  • Morehead eighth graders receive an automatic magnet continuation to Phillip O. Berry Academy

 Special Features at Phillip O. Berry Academy (9-12)

  • Each academy cluster at Berry integrates STEM studies specific to the academy’s focus
  • Academies prepare students for entrance into competitive four-year universities, two-year community colleges and registered apprenticeship programs in anticipation of high-demand, high-skill careers in the private sector
  • Selected ninth graders have the opportunity to participate in Advanced Placement classes
  • Qualified students have the opportunity to earn various nationally recognized certifications
  • Exceptionally well-equipped school with state-of-the-art technology equipment
  • College credit available through Advanced Placement, UNCG- iSchool, CPCC, and Project Lead the Way courses

 Entrance Requirements: Based on EOG tests taken in the school year prior to attending, students entering grades 4, 5, 7, and 8 must score at or above grade level (level III or IV) proficiency in Math; students entering grades 6 and 9 must score level III or IV on Math and Science proficiency. Students who retest must meet level III or IV on the first retest.  Students entering grade 10 must score at or above grade level (level III or IV) proficiency on Algebra 1 or Algebra 2 EOC tests and must have earned one high school Science credit in the school year prior to attending. Applying students who are taking Geometry must pass and receive credit for the course by the end of the school year.  Students entering in grades 11 and 12 must apply through the Reassignment/Transfer request and a transcript analysis must be completed by the prospective school

Is This Program a Good Fit for Your Child?

School(s) offering this Magnet Program for the 2012-2013 School Year:


Morehead STEM Academy (K-8) 180

Phillip O. Berry High School Academy of Engineering 

Phillip O. Berry High School Academy of Information Technology 271

Phillip O. Berry High School Biomedical Academy


Transportation Information: School Magnet Program Locations

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Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM)
Transportation/Feeder Chart

Transportation Zone Elementary (K-5) Middle (6-8) High (9-12)
Blue (Southwest) Morehead (9) Morehead (9) Phillip O. Berry (9)
Green (Southeast) Morehead (9) Morehead (9) Phillip O. Berry (9)
Grey (Central) Morehead (9) Morehead (9) Phillip O. Berry (9)
Violet (North) Morehead (9) Morehead (9) Phillip O. Berry (9)

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