Montgomery County is one of five counties in Virginia that will receive a $50,000 high school innovation first-year planning grant.
The other school districts to receive the same grant are Chesterfield County, Cumberland County, Staunton, and West Point.
Chesterfield County, Fairfax County, Manassas Park, Radford and Rockbridge County were each awarded $50,000 second-year implementation grants.
According to the governor’s office: For students in grades 9-10, Blacksburg High’s Bruin Academy will provide work-based learning experiences with a focus on personalized instruction and project-based interdisciplinary courses.
Career Pathways will offer routes to a diploma while preparing Blacksburg High juniors and seniors for careers in applied mathematics, health services, communications, computer technologies, natural sciences or engineering.
Radford and Rockbridge County were among the five divisions to be awarded $50,000 second-year grants.
According to the governor’s office:
- Radford — Radford High will continue its three-year transformation from a traditional secondary school into an integrated program that combines core academics with STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), career and technical education and training in cybersecurity. The program emphasizes inquiry-based learning and real-world experiences to engage students and promote 21st-century skills, such as collaboration and creativity.
- Rockbridge County — Rockbridge County High will implement the Solutions STEM Academy that offers students career paths in 21st-century agriculture, energy and power and environmental technology, and features flexible scheduling and emphasis on problem solving, cross-curricular and project-based learning, and teamwork.
The high school innovation grant program was proposed by the advisory Standards of Learning Innovation Committee and initially approved by the 2015 General Assembly.