SPARTA, NJ -  Friends, family, and administrators gathered in Sparta High School’s auditorium for the induction of Sparta High School’s STEM Academy Class of 2023 on Tuesday evening.

“I think STEM Academy is a great opportunity for students with a focused interest in STEM,” Sparta High School Principal, Ron Spring said. “These are students who I know in the next four years are going to contribute so much to Sparta High School.”

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math or STEM Academy, offers in depth courses of study for students in one of three tracks; Biomedical Engineering, Engineering and Design and Computer Science.

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The STEM Academy students take honors and AP level classes in English and social studies, as well as physical education and world language classes  They follow a rigorous math progression, culminating in AP Calculus AB, BC or Multivariable Calculus.  The STEM Academy courses include: Honors Medical Interventions, Honors Human Body Systems, Honors Robotic Engineering, Honors Mechanical and Architectural Engineering, Honors Computer Science, to name a few.

The white coat ceremony featured STEM Academy seniors Anna Tartaglia and Dave Rubin to welcome the program, with Rubin as the Keynote Speaker.

“I’m really excited to see what they’re going to do not just here, but after high school and in all of their accomplishments going forward,” Spring said.

Sparta High School STEM Academy Class of 2023 Inductees:

  • Maia Albuquerque
  • Jonathan Byrnes
  • Samantha Di Santi
  • Elizabeth Enriquez
  • Shannon Furgeson
  • Sebastian Gomez
  • Jack Hill
  • Julia Juan
  • Daniel Maher
  • Ryan McEllen
  • Edward Sandgran
  • Thomas Schottland
  • Isabella Sportelli
  • Claie Xue

The application and selection process for joining the STEM Academy happens in students’ eighth grade year.  The entrance criteria evaluates the students’ math and science grades as well as a science skill test, teacher recommendation and discipline record.