STEM Academy

Bangor High School eagerly welcomes students to an innovative STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) academic program option beginning in the fall of 2012. Students who choose to enroll in the BHS STEM Academy complete all the traditional Bangor High School graduation requirements while simultaneously completing a challenging and enriching research-based sequence of STEM courses and experiences. Under our model, the experience of sequential curricula informing and enhancing students’ long-term research is captured by the term TAR STEM: Transformative Apprentice Research in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Designed to dovetail with the school’s existing culture and tradition of excellence and informed by compelling research on the importance of STEM education to our workforce and economy, the BHS STEM Academy is a rigorous academic program with a foundation in apprentice research mentorships at the University of Maine during the sophomore, junior and senior years.

BHS STEM is a program option available to all Bangor High School students (tuition and non-tuition) and has its origins in a highly successful student research program that resulted in multiple and successive prize winners in the nation’s most prestigious junior science competitions. BHS STEM seeks to expand this winning model to more students through rigorous curricula and direct research experiences at Maine’s flagship university.

We hope the information on Vision, School Structure, Apprentice Research, Curriculum, Enrolling in BHS STEM, Staff, and Bibliography (accessed above) is helpful to those considering the TAR STEM experience at BHS STEM Academy. As always, those wishing to visit our school or to make a personal contact are invited to contact Paul Butler, BHS Principal, at 992-5501 or