STEM Curriculum
STEM schools do more than just emphasize science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. They are schools where teachers and students explore connections among all these four disciplines. Educators all across the country are finding that STEM schools are successful because they get students involved in real-world problems, helping students connect the dots between what they learn in school and how they will apply it in their careers. Even students who don’t plan on careers in STEM subjects need to be literate in these disciplines.

Jobs requiring a STEM background are driving the economy in North Carolina and in the nation. STEM job growth has been three times greater than that of non-STEM jobs over the last 10 years. And throughout the next decade, STEM occupations are projected to grow by 17 percent, compared to a 9.8 percent growth rate for other occupations.

Why Biotechnology and Agriscience?
North Carolina is home to more than 500 biotechnology companies employing more than 226,823 people, making our state the country’s third-ranked state for biotechnology in terms of employment. Our state ranks No. 2 in agricultural biotechnology research and No. 3 in biomanufacturing. Agriculture—including food, fiber and forestry — is still the No. 1 industry in North Carolina, contributing approximately $70 billion to the state’s economy and employing 700,000 people in 2007, the last year for which figures were available. Learn more by visiting the NC Biotechnology Center web site at

Is the Northeast Regional School for Me?
Students who would like a personalized learning experience with extensive hands-on learning will be excited by this school. Students whose parents did not attend college (first-generation college-going students) are encouraged to apply. Those who need extra help to be college-ready will find the school to be beneficial. The focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics means that students who are interested in those areas will want to apply.

Students who love biology, want to help people or animals, are good at solving problems, enjoy the laboratory, and like being in nature or getting their hands dirty might be a good fit for jobs in biotechnology and agriscience. Job categories in these areas include agronomists, engineers, maintenance and instrumentation technicians, programmers, lab technicians, physicians and veterinarians, research scientists, industrial designers, extension agents, and farming and forestry consultants. Almost all jobs in these areas require post-secondary degrees or training, and some—such as scientists, engineers, physicians and veterinarians—require a four-year degree or higher.

The Northeast Regional School is on an extended year calendar in order to offer students additional learning opportunities during the summer. Please click here to see the official school calendar.

Summer Opportunities
Internships, extended field trips, and more are planned for the Northeast Regional School students during the summer. It is expected that students who attend this school will be interested in participating in activities that extend learning beyond the traditional school day and year.

All five counties are currently providing transportation for their students to the Northeast Regional School. Each community has its own designated pick-up and drop off locations.