Academy for Science and Design
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|Academy for Science and Design|
|486 Amherst St #1
Nashua, New Hampshire, Hillsborough County, 03063
|Funding type||Public charter school|
|NCES School ID||330004000678|
|Number of students||500|
Coordinates: The Academy for Science and Design (ASD) is a public charter school located in Nashua, New Hampshire, USA. This is New Hampshire's first charter school to concentrate on STEM - science, technology, engineering, math. The Academy is tuition-free for New Hampshire residents, though New Hampshire has the lowest funded charter schools in the united states. The DOE funds charter schools at a rate of $5,450 per student while the average statewide expenditure for non chartered public schools is $12,000 per student so the school is always actively fundraising to make up this huge discrepancy.
ASD opened in September 2007 and currently is serving 450 students from over 40 New Hampshire communities in grades 6 through 12. For the 2014-2015 school year this will increase to 500 students. The Academy offers a science, technology, engineering and math oriented curriculum beginning with algebra, integrated biology and chemistry, and physics in grade 7.
The establishment of the school was approved in March 2006. Its establishment was sponsored by Daniel Webster College. The school opened for the 2007-08 academic year. During the 2011-12 year the grade 6 was added to the school. Prior to the 2012-2013 school year ASDNH moved from its original location in Merrimack, New Hampshire, to its current location in Nashua, expanding the size of the student body.
ASD's curriculum exceeds New Hampshire state standards. The Academy's goal is to be internationally competitive. Algebra, physics, chemistry, design, and biology are taught beginning in grade 7. Chemistry and Biology are taught as one three-year course referred to as "Integrated Biology and Chemistry" or "IBC". Starting in 2012, World History (now known as Social Studies) and Language Arts are taught as a package course titled "Humanities". Conceptual Physics is also taught as a three-year course. Technology and Design are taught in dedicated courses as Technology Design and Technology Applications in Society. Information Technologies are integrated throughout the curriculum. In addition to the course load, the students are required to complete 150 community service hours as well as a junior internship comprising approximately 100 hours in the specialty that they have chosen. Student projects emphasize research skills and engineering. Mandarin Chinese, French, German, and Spanish are offered as the initial foreign languages.
For the 2013-14 school year, approximately 450 students, 6th-12th graders, are attending from 42 New Hampshire communities, ranging from small rural towns to urban cities, with 25% of students from international backgrounds and approximately 25% of students female.
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In the initial year, school teams competed and were placed in two international academic competitions. Teams placed sixth in the New Hampshire state Mathcounts competition, and they won second and first place in the International Fire Fighting Home Robot Contest's Olympiad Robot competition.
- Future Problem Solving Program International
- First in Massachusetts
- Third in International Competition
- Lego League
- Third in the Regional Competition, 2007
- First for Technical Design in the Regional Competition, 2008
- First for Research in State Competition, 2009
- Second for Technical Design in the Regional Competition, 2009
- Destination Imagination
- Second in the State Competition
- 52nd International
- FIRST Robotics
- First and Second in the Trinity College International Fire Fighting Home Contest Olympiad
- FIRST Tech Challenge
- First in The Wapack Northern New England FTC Championship, 2011
- National Science Bowl
- Second in the Middle School Regional Competition, 2010
- First in the Middle School Regional Competition, 2011
- Top 8 in the Middle School National Competition, 2011
- Second in the High School Regional Competition, 2011
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- "Academy for Science and Design Open House", Nashua Telegraph, October 15, 2008
- "Charter Schools Advance In N.H.", James Vaznis, Boston Globe, March 19, 2006
- "Business", Concord Monitor, July 22, 2007
- "DWC announces sponsorship of premier NH charter school", Daniel Webster College, January 21, 2006
- "For '07, top education stories were Hottel, contract, Good Friday", Nashua Telegraph, December 27, 2007
- "Academy for Science and Design Program of Studies 2010-2011". Academy for Science and Design. Retrieved 9 March 2011.
- "2008 contest results", Trinity College, May 25, 2012
- "ASD team takes top billing", Merrimack Journal, April 1, 2011