The STEM Academy

STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; areas that have been identified as critical for future economic growth. The Phoenix STEM Academy is designed to increase student achievement by engaging and exposing students to innovative science, technology, and math instruction. Each course will provide a rigorous, well-rounded education with technology integration across the curriculum. This is also completed through the use of the engineering/design process. The academy exposes students to many career fields, allowing them to discover their interests and begin future careers


How to Apply

Students admitted into the program

The Phoenix STEM Academy accepts students into the program based on the applications received. Submitting an application does not guarantee acceptance into the program.  

What to Expect

Students will be engaged through a hands-on, problem-based, project-based focus. These real-world applications will make learning relevant to the student's lives. The curricular program for the academy will help prepare students for the challenges of the 21st Century. Students will complete four years of high school mathematics, technology, and science, and participate in STEM related extracurricular activities. The academy will build a college-going culture, with the purpose of providing our students with the skills necessary to be successful in the 21st Century. 

Applications for the 22-23 school year are now open till March 11th

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Common questions about applying

How do I get an application?

Go to and download the online application, complete and submit all online!


Is there an interview?

Yes, entrance does require an interview.  Phoenix STEM Academy staff will contact the student or guidance counselor regarding interviews.  


Can I apply to more than one Academy?

Yes, but you will need to complete an application for each Academy.  


If I do not apply in 8th grade for entrance as a 9th grader can I apply for 10th grade?

At this time we will only be accepting 8th grade applications for incoming 9th graders.


Program of Study

Phoenix STEM Academy students will select in one of two concentrations according to their personal interest and college/career goals. Our program of study is above and beyond the North Carolina graduation requirements.  Below are the required courses for the Math/Science concentration and the Technology/Engineering concentration. 


About Us

Common questions about us

What is STEM?

The students in STEM learn to think, create, and present original ideas. We are committed to a learning process that prioritizes feedback and revision. The STEM course of study is chosen by students in the areas where they are interested which align with their future college and career goals. STEM is a mindset of learning through growth, exploration, and passion.


Who would be a good fit? 

Students that have been successful in the Phoenix STEM Academy have good daily attendance and work well in an unstructured environment. Collaboration and idea exchange is encouraged in STEM classes; students’ willingness to bring their own thoughts and input are what we look for in an applicant. We have found that our most successful students are eager to learn in all courses and subject areas. 

Can I take both STEM and non-STEM courses? 

Yes, students can a variety of non STEM courses that included but are not limited to ROTC, Band, and Health Science courses. Students can participate in sports while attending the STEM Academy.

Will I be separated from the rest of the student body?

No, when you come to McMichael as a STEM student you are also a McMichael student. You will take courses outside the STEM Academy with the rest of the students. During the first two years there are a couple of STEM only courses. These are courses that only STEM students take.

Will transportation be provided?

Yes, the school will provide bus transportation all four years for the student. The bus will pick the student up from their homes anywhere in the county and bring them to McMichael for daily instruction. 


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