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Teaching, Training, Molding & Mentoring

Want to predict the future? Look no further than our youngest citizens. Now more than ever we must train, teach, mold and mentor tomorrow's leaders today. To that end, Clemson University's Youth Learning Institute proudly introduces the Tall Pines STEM Academy, a public charter middle school with a unique student-centered curriculum.

Tall Pines STEM Academy: Our Mission

The mission of Tall Pines STEM Academy is to provide an option for families where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is intertwined in the school’s culture and prepares middle school students to become the next generation of ethical leaders. Tall Pines STEM Academy will provide a combination of classroom and outdoor learning experiences to engage students, promote wellness and physical fitness, inspire creativity, foster critical thinking and problem solving skills, and cultivate citizenship and leadership skills through rigorous and relevant content and projects in a natural setting.

Tall Pines STEM Academy’s philosophy for educating students includes a small intimate school located on over 400 acres of land that offers students the opportunity to learn and become engaged in their learning by going outside of the classroom to solve relevant problems through project-based assignments. Tall Pines STEM Academy believes that students should be engaged and active in their learning and environment, and that the importance of physical activity, health/wellness and leadership training should be included in the school culture daily.

The focus of Tall Pines is to provide a safe and motivating learning environment where students can develop the necessary academic foundation (STEM) and leadership characteristics to become tomorrow’s leaders in the global workplace. Students will have the opportunity to meet face-to-face with today’s leaders in STEM fields, and to apply their daily lessons to see how the content knowledge acquired in middle school is used every day in local businesses, and how it will be used in their future careers.

Tall Pines STEM Academy will offer an alternative to large impersonal middle schools for families that believe a small school can offer a safe and optimal learning environment that offers a positive school culture. Tall Pines will offer grades five through eight when fully operational. Tall Pines plans to open its doors beginning with grades five and six, adding seventh grade in its second year of operation, and in the third year, the school will add eighth grade. Each grade level will consist of two cohorts of a maximum of 24 students each; therefore the student population in year one will be a maximum of 96 students, 144 students in year two, and 192 students in year three, at full capacity.

A Legacy of Success

See how our STEM curriculum and top-notch teachers at our sister school, Youth Leadership Academy, created an award-winning Charter School in the upstate of South Carolina. Learn More

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The Tall Pines STEM Academy is made possible by these Collaborative Partners:

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Tall Pines Academy does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Patsy Smith – Tall Pines Academy Special Programs Coordinator, 82 Camp Long Rd, Aiken, SC 29805.

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