The State of NC developed the STEM School of Distinction program to identify and recognize exemplary STEM schools and STEM programs. Schools recognized under the Model Level of Achievement go even further by systemically interweaving science, technology, engineering and mathematics into complimentary coursework in the arts, career and technical education, English language arts, healthful living and world history. Model level schools also have an established network of community relationships and strategies that foster purposeful connections between student studies and the world outside the classroom, Yadkin Valley Regional Career Academy is one of only ten high schools in the state to achieve the Model Level of distinction.