Tall Pines STEM Academy's innovative model is ideal for self-motivated students who want to experience success outside the traditional middle school setting in a small group, hands-on learning environment with a rigorous curriculum based on teamwork. With teachers as facilitators instead of conveyors of knowledge, our student-centered curriculum shifts the responsibility for learning to the student and encourages each learner to be responsible for his or her own academic success.
Our mission 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 is located on the premises of Camp Long, 82 Camp Long Rd, Aiken, SC, 29805. Owned by Clemson University, this site is situated on 418 scenic acres in Aiken, South Carolina, this wooded property offers year-round programming in a historic setting with plenty of modern amenities.
Site features include classrooms and meeting spaces, a computer lab, library, recreational building and weight room, basketball court, baseball field, an 18-acre pond for swimming and canoeing, team challenge course, climbing wall, zip line and hiking trails.
A charter school is a public school that is allowed the freedom to be more innovative while being held accountable to the same academic standards as all state public schools. In addition to the flexibility inherent in a school-based organizational structure, charter schools enjoy the extra scope to innovate with curriculum and staff. Charter schools provide an alternative to other public schools, are part of the public education system, do not charge tuition and are open to any student who desires to apply for admission.
Application details are available on the Apply page.