About XLR8 Academy

XLR8 Lynchburg Regional Governor’s STEM Academy is the 16th regional Governor’s STEM Academy offering programs in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (subjects known collectively as “STEM”) for high school juniors and seniors in Virginia’s Region 2000/Lynchburg regional area. Located on the campus of Central Virginia Community College, XLR8 offers academic and technical training related to careers in engineering, mechatronics, biotechnology, health science, and cyber security.

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The engineering, electronics classes were my favorite part of STEM Academy.  It gave me hands-on experience in the field of engineering that I would never get in high school.

Collin Stinnett | Class of 2020

The most meaningful part of  STEM was getting to work with more engineering-based classes and better technologies not offered at my base school. It made it more clear to me that engineering is what I wanted to pursue and was

Grace Gada | Class of 2020

The STEM Academy provides excellent hands-on learning and has a great facility and staff.

Tammy Hicks | Parent

Mitch McMahon participated in the STEM Academy his junior and senior years while attending EC Glass. While focusing on engineering at STEM, Mitch became interested in accounting and finance at Virginia Tech. He is a rising senior and currently, he

Yvonne McMahon | Parent

    " I'm fully convinced the STEM Academy helped make our daughter, Mattea, such a desirable student, and thank you again for everything you do -- you are an AMAZING educator!!! And Person."

Parent Testimonial | Maryann Novi, parent

I enjoyed the opportunity to meet peers from other schools that were pursuing the same line of work as I was and to collaborate with everyone whether it be one-on-one or group projects.

Juwuan Wright | Class of 2020