Uxbridge High School Earns Acceptance to National Consortium

The  National  Consortium  of  Secondary  STEM  Schools  (NCSSS)  was  established  in  1988  to  provide a forum for specialized secondary schools focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines to exchange information and program ideas.Celebrating  its  25th  anniversary  in  2013,  the  Consortium  now  includes  approximately  100  member schools (high schools), many ‘ranked’ as the best in the country, along with 55 affiliate members  (colleges,  universities,  summer  programs,  foundations,  and  corporations)  located  in  32 states, that share the goals of transforming mathematics, science, and technology education.

UHS  was  accepted  through  a  competitive  process  that  included  an  application  process  and  interview with the national director. “It is humbling for us to be considered in the company of some of the best schools in the nation,” said  UHS  Principal  Michael  Rubin.  “What  this  means  is  that  we  have  met  some  challenges  of  the evolving face of education, and we now have the opportunity and responsibility to continue to be innovative and creative to say ahead of that curve.”Uxbridge High School joins Nipmuc Regional High School, the Academy of Math and Science at WPI, Essex (VT) High School, and the Connecticut Academy of Aerospace and Engineering as the  only  schools  in  New  England  who  have  been  accepted  into  the  NCSSS.  The  school  was  accepted due to its innovative practices in working with local industry, the Blackstone Valley Ed Hub, the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce, and the MassSTEMHub and Project Lead the Way, as well as its commitment to bringing science and STEM work to a broader population, including its Science Olympiad team and post-secondary counseling program.“I could not be more proud of the work being done on behalf of our students by our educators and  our  entire  school  community,”  said  Dr.  Frank  Tiano,  Superintendent  of  Uxbridge  Public  Schools.  “Earning acceptance into the NCSSS is not only an honor for our high school, but it reflects positively on the entire town of Uxbridge.”