Sigma at Charlottesville High School is more than STEM. It is a powerful and unprecedented approach to education which leverages the latest technologies in providing enriching and meaningful educational experiences for students across all disciplines. There are no “Sigma students” at CHS; all students and teachers enjoy the benefits of the Sigma Lab resources, enabling them to turn their ideas into reality.
The Sigma Lab at Charlottesville High School opened its doors in 2014 and with it, new courses specifically designed to promote technical literacy, engineering skills, problem solving proficiency, and group cooperation. Each of these courses, dubbed Sigma Courses, takes advantage of the new facilities at CHS and introduces students to many aspects of the modern professional world, including computer programming, computer-aided design, and advanced manufacturing. The courses are also designed to meet the diverse needs of the CHS student body. Students interested in gaining skills and experiences to give them a leg up as they enter the workforce as well as students looking for opportunities to set them apart when applying to the country’s top ranked science and engineering universities benefit from these courses.