NC School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) – Morganton

Morganton, North Carolina

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics began in 1981 as the nation’s first public residential high school for science, technology, engineering and math and has grown to be a global leader in STEM education. Its motto, “accept the greater challenge,” has guided a diverse team of educators, designers and collaborators in the next phase of the school’s mission in the state. With a mandate from the North Carolina legislature, the school is expanding to Morganton with the first new campus in the University of North Carolina system since 1946 to serve 300 residential students.

An “Academic Street” follows the length of a ridge on the site to organize activity and movement across the campus. New and historic buildings are aligned to preserve views and shape outdoor spaces. Formerly part of the North Carolina School for the Deaf, the renovation of three existing structures and five new buildings, including a dining and wellness center, a library and student commons, an academic building, two multipurpose dorm structures, and a landmark observation tower will help define new courtyards and quads with room to relax and rich environments for learning. The development of environmental science studies and partnerships with regional businesses, advanced manufacturers, and neighboring academic institutions will further expand offerings at the school.

North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) Western Campus
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics (NCSSM) Western Campus
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Size

60 acres
176,000 sf of buildings

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Completion Date

September 2021

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Sustainability

Certified

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Awards

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