Featured Partner

  • Merck

    Global healthcare leader Merck serves as a partner with NC New Schools’ work in schools focused on health and life sciences.  

    Educators from six North Carolina high schools met earlier this month with business, community and higher education partners at City of Medicine Academy to focus on expectations of graduates of health-and-life-science-themed schools. Participants left with a shared commitment to the knowledge, skills and dispositions that graduates will have gained.

    The two-day professional development event hosted by NC New Schools and sponsored by Merck included educators and community partners from the City of Medicine Academy, Davie County High School, Middle College at UNC-Greensboro, Southern High School (Durham), Valley Academy (Lexington) and Wake Early College of Health and Sciences. All six schools are part of a group of schools across the state partnering with NC New Schools to focus on health and life sciences as a career theme. The City of Medicine Academy serves as the anchor school for the theme.

  • GlaxoSmithKline

    GlaxoSmithKline is proud to support schools partnering with NC New Schools to focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The emphasis on STEM is critical for all students, not only those headed for careers in science and math.  

    "Students at schools partnering with North Carolina New Schools have higher graduation rates and lower dropout rates,” said Mary Linda Andrews, GSK's director of community partnerships and member of the NC New Schools Board of Advisors. "These schools make a real difference for the future of their students.”

    North Carolina New Schools is committed to advancing quality STEM education in all partner schools and districts across the state. We work to accelerate rigor and STEM skills development among graduates and provide explicit connections to higher education and to business and industry.

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund

    The Burroughs Wellcome Fund is proud to support North Carolina New Schools through a grant to the STEM Health & Life Sciences network of schools.

    "We see our support of the STEM Health & Life Sciences network as an investment in the future, but also one that will provide immediate results in the development of many North Carolina teachers and students," said Dr. John Burris, president of the Burroughs Wellcome Fund

  • Golden LEAF

    The Golden LEAF Foundation is a proud to be one of the organizations that stepped up to help North Carolina New Schools raise the required private sector match for a $15 million federal grant. Thanks to funds from the Golden LEAF Foundation, this Innovation in Education (i3) grant will extend successful early college strategies to as many as 20 traditional high schools in rural, low-income communities across the state, benefiting more than 20,000 students over the next five years.

    "Golden LEAF is proud to support North Carolina New Schools efforts to build the knowledge, talent and skills of North Carolina students," said Dan Gerlach, President of the Golden LEAF Foundation.  "North Carolina remains at the forefront of providing early college opportunities crucial to creating a 21st century workforce in every corner of the state."

  • BB&T

    BB&T is proud to support North Carolina New Schools Center for Educational Leadership.  Bringing expertise from BB&T's leadership philosophy, BB&T partners with North Carolina New Schools to work with principals and assistant principals to cultivate strong administrators for innovative schools across the state.
    "This partnership is a natural fit given our emphasis on developing leaders within our own organization and the communities we serve," said Paul Barnes, Executive Vice President Employee  Relations Manager, BB&T and North Carolina New Schools member, Board of Advisors. "We are pleased to work with North Carolina New Schools and with the administrators who are leading teachers and students to great results in North Carolina."
    The North Carolina Center for Educational Leadership at North Carolina New Schools provides professional development and coaching services to help principals succeed at North Carolina New Schools-affiliated schools.

  • ABB, Duke Energy, NC's Electric Cooperatives and Progress Energy

    Secondary education focused around energy and sustainability received a significant boost this year from Progress Energy, which awarded a challenge grant to North Carolina New Schools. This year's challenge to support science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education has been met by gifts from Duke Energy, ABB Inc. and North Carolina's Electric Cooperatives with donations totaling $165,000.

    This year represents the second of a three-year challenge grant from Progress Energy. Under the terms of the grant, North Carolina New Schools raises $100,000 each year from other donors to qualify for the $50,000 annual match from Progress Energy. These funds support an NC New Schools-affiliated network of STEM secondary schools with a thematic focus on energy and sustainability. This network -- which continues to expand -- currently includes Avery County High School STEM Academy, Charlotte STEM High School (in planning), Edgecombe Early College High School, Durham's Southern School of Engineering, Tri-County Early College High School in Cherokee County and Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School.

  • Novant Health

    Novant Health is a proud supporter of North Carolina New Schools to prepare more students - especially those who traditionally have been underrepresented - for both college and careers.  As a funder of the Health & Life Sciences network of STEM schools, Novant Health is supporting state economic development while reducing a potentially crippling workforce knowledge gap.

  • Duke Medicine

    Duke Medicine is proud to support North Carolina New Schools to help create and develop a network of STEM secondary schools with a health and life sciences theme. With the City of Medicine Academy located on the campus of our Durham Regional Hospital, we are excited about the wonderful opportunities employees and students will have to collaborate through project based learning.  The Academy will also serve as the anchor school of the network, allowing best practices and resources to be shared across schools.  

    "I believe the work being done through North Carolina New Schools is critically important in developing a pipeline of students that are optimally prepared for medical and science education," said Victor J. Dzau, MD, Chancellor for Health Affairs at Duke, and CEO, Duke University Health System. "The City of Medicine Academy is a great model for introducing students to rigorous learning situations and environments, and we're proud that CMA is located on the campus of Duke's Durham Regional Hospital."

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