STEAM Academy – here on UK campus as of Sept 17

The University of Kentucky’s first formal dual credit partnership (since the 1960s) began this fall with the Fayette County Public School’s STEAM Academy. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics. This new school (enrolling its rising 9th graders last summer via lottery) was created by FCPS in partnership with UK’s P-20 Innovation Lab for College Readiness. (See more on this at an earlier Bluegrass Blade post.)

Laurie Henry, Tom Shelton and students entering STEAM Academy

UK’s Curriculum & Instruction department chair Laurie Henry and FCPS superintendent Tom Shelton at opening of STEAM Academy, August 14.

On August 14th the 150 9th graders started school at the old Johnson Elementary School on East Sixth Street where the STEAM Academy is temporarily housed – here’s the FCPS news brief on that exciting first day (and the Herald-Leader‘s photo gallery is here). Over the next four years, the STEAM Academy is expected to grow to some 600 students. Download the STEAM Academy’s Frequently Asked Questions document here.

On the morning of Tuesday, September 17th, they will begin their first day of their Orientation class at UK – 12 sections of a closed-enrollment pilot UK110, “Orientation to the University of Kentucky and College Readiness Skills” which is the inaugural dual credit course. All 150 high school freshmen, STEAM’s instructional team, and UK110 instructors (UK education majors under the faculty leadership of Dr. Laurie Henry) will come together at Worsham Theater in the Student Center at 7:45 AM. Following a brief welcome and distribution of “K Books” provided by UK’s New Student & Parent Programs, these 9th graders will then go to the Classroom Building to begin their UK dual credit course.

We welcome these brave 9th graders to campus!  If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us here in UGE or Dr. Laurie Henry, Interim Department Chair for Curriculum & Instruction in the College of Education.

For more information about UK’s dual credit policies and procedures, please visit our website at


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