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nihf stem  High school

Learn more about the NIHF STEM High School in the "About STEM High School" Web page.
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STEM High School, housed on The University of Akron's campus in the Central Hower building

Dina Popa

NIHF STEM High School

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In everything we do, we believe in challenging the status quo; we believe in thinking, teaching and responding differently. The way we challenge the status quo is to provide authentic, innovative and rigorous learning experiences that inspire creativity, foster inventive/critical thinking, and cultivate leadership and problem-solving skills in such a way as to promote wellness and citizenship through science, technology, engineering and mathematics.


Scientific inquiry and technological design are the cornerstones of instruction for our school. Our learning environments focus on personalized learning and teamwork skills while incorporating engineering, personal finance, music, art, humanities and other content areas. Learning Coaches act as advisers where they work with small groups of learners to set goals and identify rigorous coursework to meet those goals. State-of-the-art technology is used to achieve academic excellence, creative instruction and 21st-century skills.

Application Process

Families may apply to attend NIHF STEM High School in the fall prior to the ninth- and 10th-grade year. No applications are accepted for grades 11 and 12. NIHF STEM Middle School eighth-grade families do not need to apply in the lottery; they will automatically roll to NIHF STEM High School in June. The application process is lottery-based. Students from both APS and non-APS schools are accepted in the lottery. These applications are accepted through the APS Open Enrollment Department,
The open enrollment application window for current eighth- or ninth-graders looking to enter NIHF STEM High School in the fall of 2024  was October 30-December 1, 2023.

Academic Programming

The STEM academic programming consists of all honors courses, AP courses and college courses for our foundational core credits. Elective credits are in the arts and humanities with courses such as orchestra, band and AP Art. STEM electives are in one of the pathways listed below. Click on the links below to learn more about our STEM opportunities.


This pathway is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to the scientific thinking, concepts and laboratory research techniques currently used in the field of biotechnology. Students will also learn about biomimicry, a cutting edge approach that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges, especially in the medical field, by emulating nature’s patterns and strategies. Possible careers include lab assistant, chemical technician and microbiologist.


This pathway is designed to give students a comprehensive introduction to cybersecurity and the practice of protecting systems, networks and programs from digital attacks. Students will also learn about the integration of artificial intelligence with network defense aimed at assessing, changing or destroying sensitive information. Possible careers include information security analyst, computer network architect, network administrator, compliance analyst and database analyst.

Environmental Engineering

Environmental engineers solve problems that help clean up our environment by focusing on air, water and land quality issues. Environmental engineers develop solutions to improve recycling, waste disposal, public health and pollution control. Students in this pathway will study the design process and learn new and exciting ways renewable energy can make the Earth more sustainable.

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Gallery Walk

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Pitch Practice

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STEM Showcase