Virginia Tech has given a boost to plans to open a public science and math boarding school in Hampton Roads.
The university has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Virginia Science Technology Engineering and Applied Mathematics Academy to share ideas, resources and people, according to academy organizers.
Virginia Tech will provide mentors for academy students and sabbatical opportunities for academy faculty under the agreement. The academy will work to have students participate in university research, and together the two schools will pursue grants.
Leaders of the Virginia STEAM Academy plan the school to be free, public and residential, serving about 1,000 high school students from across the state. The model is based on the Durham-based North Carolina School for Science and Mathematics, which opened in 1980.