• AoE logo Academy of Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing

    The Academy of Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing is a small learning community within Apex Friendship High school. Designed as a four-year high school program, the Academy has an open and equitable student recruitment process that results in a student body that reflects the demographics of the school community. However, students must be assigned to Apex Friendship as their base school in order to apply. Once accepted into the program, students remain together throughout their high school years with a core group of specially trained teachers.  The Academy model provides an environment for these teachers to develop interdisciplinary activities that makes learning relevant and captures the interest of students.  Through real-world, hands-on experiences, the Academy exposes students to careers within STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  

    The Academy of Engineering & Advanced Manufacturing at Apex Friendship High School started in 2015 and is one of 24 Career Academies in the Wake County Public School System.

    The Mission of WCPSS Career Academies is to empower a diverse group of students to become collaborative leaders in a global community. 

    The Vision of Wake County Public School Career Academies consists of an inclusive, diverse group of future leaders that makes a global difference to fill the skills gap and develop a talent pipeline.  WCPSS Career academies include high-tech classrooms and collaborative workspaces with cutting-edge technology that exposes students to real-world situations.  Local, state, national, and worldwide business, industry, and government agencies commit, support, and sponsor career academies through consistent partnerships that provide the foundation of our programs.

    Wake County Career Academies value leadership, supportiveness, empowerment, and community.

    The application is now open for the incoming Class of 2027. The application window is from February 1-March 31. For more information on applying, see our "How to Apply" page. 

    Come check out our program in person.  We are holding our annual Engineering Expo and Open House on Wednesday, February 22, 2023, from 5:30-7:30 PM. 

    Notice of Non-Discrimination

    In compliance with federal law, Wake County Public School System administers all education programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination against any person on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, national origin, age, or disability.