Uxbridge High School Earns Acceptance to National Consortium
The National Consortium of Secondary STEM Schools (NCSSS) was established in 1988 to provide a forum for specialized secondary schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to exchange information and program ideas.Celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013, the Consortium now includes approximately 100 member schools (high schools), many ‘ranked’ as the best in the country, along with 55 affiliate members (colleges, universities, summer programs, foundations, and corporations) located in 32 states, that share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education.
UHS was accepted through a competitive process that included an application process and interview with the national director. “It is humbling for us to be considered in the company of some of the best schools in the nation,” said UHS Principal Michael Rubin. “What this means is that we have met some challenges of the evolving face of education, and we now have the opportunity and responsibility to continue to be innovative and creative to say ahead of that curve.”Uxbridge High School joins Nipmuc Regional High School, the Academy of Math and Science at WPI, Essex (VT) High School, and the Connecticut Academy of Aerospace and Engineering as the only schools in New England who have been accepted into the NCSSS. The school was accepted due to its innovative practices in working with local industry, the Blackstone Valley Ed Hub, the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the MassSTEMHub and Project Lead the Way, as well as its commitment to bringing science and STEM work to a broader population, including its Science Olympiad team and post-secondary counseling program.“I could not be more proud of the work being done on behalf of our students by our educators and our entire school community,” said Dr. Frank Tiano, Superintendent of Uxbridge Public Schools. “Earning acceptance into the NCSSS is not only an honor for our high school, but it reflects positively on the entire town of Uxbridge.”