“When I heard that this innovative STEM school was going to be in Elizabeth City, I was definitely drawn to it,” said Tonya Little, chief operating officer of the Northeast Academy for Aerospace and Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT). “Science education, math education — these are the skills that every child needs to be able to think critically.”
NEAAAT launched in 2015 with 120 students and has grown to approximately 350 students from eight different counties. As a public charter school for grades seven through twelve, the Academy’s admissions are based on a lottery system for the region. Elizabeth City State University houses NEAAAT’s campus, so students can also enroll in college courses.
“We are teaching in an innovative way, and it’s working,” said Edward O’Neal, founding board member of NEAAAT. “Our students are so engaged in every single thing that you see here in this school.”
See the video below from the NEAAAT student learning exposition where students shared some of their STEM projects as well as photos from a campus visit to learn more about this innovative school.