The lease for the Northeast Academy of Aerospace and Advanced Technologies (NEAAAT)
charter school's location on the campus of Elizabeth City State University has been
finalized. NEAAAT is a STEM school with classes focused on project-based and contextual
learning. The courses at the academy also aim to sharpen the students' problem solving
and critical thinking skills.
"The NEAAAT learning model is consistent with ECSU's active design of an agile and
team-focused university environment - just starting with 8th and 9th graders. It provides
an opportunity for young subscribers to learn a project-based approach in addressing
important technology and interdisciplinary challenges in the region, state and beyond.
It connects nicely with our Path to Prominence," says Chancellor Stacey Franklin Jones.
The charter school will eventually graduate students with a high school diploma.
The school, which is to be located in the Willie and Jacqueline Gilchrist Education
and Psychology Complex, will open in August. The Gilchrist building is ideal for
the program since its location is on the outer bounds of campus providing easy access
for buses and parents. In addition, since the program will be housed in the same building
as the university's education department, ECSU undergraduate and graduate level students
will have the opportunity to serve as student-teachers and/or provide other educational
Elizabeth City State University was most recently named by Washington Monthly as one
of the "Best Bang for the Buck" institutions. ECSU has 28 undergraduate degree offerings
and four graduate degree programs, flexible study options, and research opportunities.