Glassboro Schools and Rowan University host an open house to highlight STEM, biomedical and fine and performing arts programs

Glassboro Schools and Rowan University host an open house to highlight STEM, biomedical and fine and performing arts programs

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The potential to simply cross the street to take Rowan University STEM, biomedical and fine and performing arts classes in 11th and 12th grades makes Glassboro School District’s school choice programs valuable to applicants throughout South Jersey. Glassboro School District and Rowan University invite South Jersey parents and sixth- through 11th-grade students to an October 3 open house to learn more.

A tour of Glassboro High School will kick-off the open house. Attendees will park at the high school and meet in the lobby at 5:30 p.m. Following the tour, Rowan University and Glassboro School District will offer an information session in Rowan Hall at Rowan University at 6:30 p.m. Information session attendees may park in Lot D (off of Bowe Boulevard) or walk to Rowan Hall from Glassboro High School. Folllowing the sessions, parents and students are invited to attend a special planetarium show at Rowan’s Edelman Planetarium, in the university’s Science Hall.

“I know of no other high school that has a university directly across the street,” said Rowan President Dr. Ali A. Houshmand. “We’re proud to partner with Glassboro and pleased to provide this unique opportunity to further STEM and arts education for students.”

Glassboro’s School Choice programs are part of the school district’s STEM/Biomedical and Fine and Performing Arts Academies. The academies offer advanced learning opportunities to Glassboro students as well as students from other South Jersey towns. Subject areas include science, technology, engineering, math, biomedical studies, music and art.

“Our academies continue to attract the best and brightest from Glassboro and all over South Jersey. The academic rigor and close proximity to our Rowan University partner make these programs an excellent choice for students interested in STEM, biomedical studies and the fine and performing arts,” said Dr. Mark J. Silverstein, Glassboro School District.

While 11th- and 12th grade students benefit from the potential to enroll in college courses, the school choice programs also benefit students in the lower grades. Younger Fine and Performing Arts Academy students can take music lessons through the Rowan Prep Program or art lessons at Kaizar School of Art, as determined by the focus of their studies. Younger STEM/Biomedical students take coursework to prepare them for their area of interest. The Intermediate School features an Intro to STEM Class.

Academy applications for the 2018/2019 School year are due to Glassboro School District by December 1, 2017. Current sixth- through 11th-grade students are eligible to apply to the Performing Arts Academy and overall STEM Academy. At this point, the Biomedical Track limits applications to students who are currently in eighth-grade.

For more information on the academies, please see the academy web pages or contact the following program coordinators:  Susan Powers (for Biomedical) - spowers@glassboroschools.us or 856-652-2700, ext. 8227, Michele Keating (for STEM) – mkeating@glassboroschools.us or 856-652-2700, ext. 8186; or Mary Greening (for Fine and Performing Arts) – mgreening@glassboroschools.us or 856-652-2700, ext. 8166.