Core STEM Initiative 

​What grade does FAME start?

FAME starts at the close of the 6th grade for most. Students attend FAME the summer before they enter the 7th grade. Once enrolled, FAME students are expected to matriculate completely through their senior year of high school (12th grade). For new students enrolling into the program, they must be entering 7th through 9th grade.

Does my child have to live in New Castle County, Delaware?

No. FAME students come from all parts of Delaware, as well as Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Northern Maryland.

Which schools does FAME accept students from?

FAME students come from public, private, parochial and charter schools.

Can my child apply if he or she is home schooled?

Yes, home-schooled children are welcome to apply. Please include a recent progress report with your child's application.

What are the requirements for admission into the FAME program?

FAME applicants must complete an application form and provide a copy of their most current report cards and standardized test scores. Applicants should maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher with good attendance and community activity to be considered for admission. Letters of recommendation are required. Students that may not have a 3.0 are required to interview with their parents and the CEO of FAME. Meeting our minimum requirements does not guarantee admission into the program. FAME accepts applications for its summer program no later than the final Friday in April annually,

Is there a fee for the program?

The $500 fee covers one student for an entire year. The fee includes both the summer and school-year program. Households with more than one child pay an additional $100 for each child.

Are scholarships provided?

Yes. Households that can prove need are provided with partial or, in some cases, full scholarships.​

Initiative Overview

The Core STEM Initiative provides over 220 hours per student of intensive, advanced STEM instruction that builds upon what our students learn in their home schools.

Classes take place at the A.I. High School in Wilmington.

Students in the 11th and 12th grades live on-campus during a 4-week experience at the University of Delaware's College of Engineering.

Initiative Elements

  • A 6 week summer curriculum;
  • A school year extension (Oct-May) and STEM enrichment curriculum that takes place on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of each month;
  • FIRST Robotics for middle and high school students;
  • Test Awareness Workshops to familiarize students with test taking techniques and procedures;
  • College Prep & College Activities Seminars for juniors and seniors led by UD College of Engineering professors and held on-campus;
  • Peer Counseling & Role Models to prepare younger students for the on-campus activities at the University of Delaware;
  • Job Readiness Training to ease transition from school to the work environment for senior high school students who will be entering summer employment;
  • Special events such as tours of partner corporations, cultural events, social outings and more.