Glassboro Schools, Rowan host STEM, Arts open houses

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The Glassboro School District and Rowan University will host open houses for the Glassboro Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Fine and Performing Arts Academies on Monday, Nov. 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rowan University.

The Glassboro School District and Rowan University will host open houses for the Glassboro Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Fine and Performing Arts Academies on Monday, Nov. 4, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Rowan University.

The event will begin in Boyd Recital Hall in Wilson Hall. Breakout sessions will follow in Rowan Hall (College of Engineering building) and Science Hall, for those interested in the STEM Academy, and in Wilson Hall, for those interested in the Arts Academy.

The academies, which are offered as part of the School of Choice Programs in New Jersey, offer tuition-free opportunities for students to take Rowan University courses. The STEM Academy is celebrating its first year, with 21 students enrolled, including four from outside of Glassboro. The Performing Arts Academy, which is in its third year, has 26 students from Glassboro and 12 from out of the district.

The partnerships between the Glassboro School District and Rowan University—and affiliations with the Let’s Dance Studio, Glassboro, and Kaizar School of Art, Sewell—enable students from throughout South Jersey to prepare for college.

“Rowan is proud to partner with the Glassboro School District on introducing young students to the college classroom,” said Dr. Ali Houshmand, Rowan’s president.  “We have welcomed some exceptionally talented students to Rowan, the kind of students we hope to see enrolled here one day, the kind of students who no doubt will be our future STEM leaders and the performers who contribute to our country’s culture.”

During the open houses, future STEM students will meet Rowan engineering and science students and review some of their research work firsthand. The arts students will view a dance performance. High school students already enrolled in the academies will be on hand as well to speak with prospective students.

Current academy students learn side by side with college students, taking engineering clinic courses and classes in piano, sight singing and fundamentals of music, among others. Arts Academy students also receive dance instruction at Rowan and at Let’s Dance Studio.

“While other school districts have cooperative programs with colleges in New Jersey, the Glassboro School District is in a unique position,” said Glassboro’s superintendent Dr. Mark Silverstein. “Our students only have to walk across a street and they are seated in college classrooms, studying at a college level. They are getting an amazing jumpstart on their higher education career.”

To learn more about the academies, click on School of Choice: STEM and Fine and Performing Arts Academies under the Site Shortcuts displayed on the left side of the Glassboro School District website (www.glassboroschools.us).

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