Here’s a peek at one of our many amazing STEM/STEAM schools!



STEM education is an approach to teaching and learning that integrates the content and skills of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Along with content knowledge, a strong STEM program establishes student behaviors, which include engagement in inquiry, logical reasoning, collaboration, and investigation. The goal of STEM education is to prepare students for post-secondary study and the 21st century workforce.

STEAM fuses Arts and creativity with STEM to engage the whole child and foster high achievement in all areas by blending the arts and sciences. Both STEM and STEAM employ the artistic process and scientific method relying on exploration of ideas and possibilities. Both require high student engagement in exploring creative and critical thinking, which supports collaborative learning. STEAM complements 21st century skills, particularly the “4 C’s” of creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, and communication.

Environmental Sustainability

The Environmental Sustainability program provides students a learning environment that will connect students to local, regional and global environmental issues. Students will explore solutions to existing environmental problems while learning how to preserve healthy ecosystems in both the world and their community.

Computer Science Immersion / Coding

CMS computer science magnet schools are committed to integrating coding into the curriculum while developing the characteristics of our students as innovators, problem-solvers and critical thinkers. As students delve into computer hardware, software and algorithms they engage in computational thinking and application and build their capacity to become producers of computing technology.  Students also gain exposure to a wealth of opportunities and careers in the computer science industry. 

Harding Computer Science Pathways

  • Sports & Event Marketing
  • Digital Marketing
  • Software Development
  • Financial Planning
Why Computer Science?

Special Features​​​​

  • Specially trained teachers for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics studies
  • Alignment of student’s career pathway with postsecondary STEM program(s)
  • Students discover the ‘how’ and ‘why’ behind the creative processes
  • High School Academy programs offer opportunities to participate in internships, job shadowing, career fairs, field trips, and extracurricular activities.

STEM and STEAM schools

Level Blue Green Violet
Elementary School
Middle School
High School

(1) Paw Creek serves the Violet Zone and the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern portion of the Blue Zone.
(2) Dorothy J. Vaughan serves the Violet Zone and the Green portions of the Garinger and Rocky River High feeder patterns.
(3) Coulwood serves the Violet Zone students living in the Hopewell, West Charlotte and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.
(4) Whitewater Middle serves the Violet Zone and the Blue portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.
(5) Wilson Middle serves the Blue Zone and the Violet portion of the West Mecklenburg High feeder pattern.
(6) Northeast Middle serves the Butler, East Mecklenburg, Independence, and Providence High feeder patterns.
(7) Northridge Middle serves the Violet Zone and the Green portions of Garinger and Rocky River High feeder patterns.
(8) Governors Village serves all Violet Zone students in grades K-5. In grades 6-8, transportation is provided to students living in the Hough, Mallard Creek, North Mecklenburg, and Vance High.

Entry Requirements

  • STEM Students entering in grades 11 and 12 must apply via the Request for Reassignment/Transfer process, including a transcript analysis completed by the prospective school.

Magnet Expectations Agreement

STEAM Magnet Expectations Agreement English Version

STEAM Magnet Expectations Agreement Spanish Version

Video Highlights from Our STEM/STEAM Schools

Paw Creek Elementary School Highlights
Phillip O. Berry Academy of Technology Virtual Open House 2021
Examples of Problem-Based Learning at Rea Farms STEAM Academy
Rea Farms STEAM Academy Campus Tour
Dorothy J. Vaughan Academy of Technology
Walter G. Byers School
Walter G. Byers STEM Lab
Winget Park Elementary STEM Student Showcase 2019
Coulwood Middle School
McClintock Middle School
Northridge Middle School Encore Showcase
Northridge Middle School Murals 2020
Whitewater Middle School Verizon Innovative Learning Lab
Wilson STEM Academy