Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience
The Northeast Regional School of Biotechnology and Agriscience is an early college high school serving as a statewide model for STEM education in agriscience and biotechnology by providing all scholars with exceptional learning experiences through powerful teach and personalization within a professional setting surrounded by a shared leadership and educational partnerships.
The school is being developed and supported under a partnership amount five local school districts, North Carolina State Univerisity College of Agriculture, North Carolina State Board of Education, and the North Carolina New Schools Project with additional support from the North Carolina Department of Agriculture, NC Biotechnology Center, and the JOBS Commission. The local school districts include Beaufort, Martin, Pitt, Tyrrell, and Washington counties.
The Vernon G. James Center is located on the North Carolina Department of Agriculture (NCDA) Tidewater Research Station property in Plymouth (Washington County). The 32,000 square foot facility was opened in 1991 and houses NCSU faculty, NCDA management, and support personnel. Operated by North Carolina State University, it is one of NCSU’s off-campus centers that provides a focal point for activities in regions removed from the main campus at Raleigh. Research and Extension goals are primarily associated with agriculture and natural resource topics. A 300-person auditorium, seven laboratories, conference rooms, offices and support space are located within the center.
The Tidewater Research Station was established in 1943. The Station occupies 1,558 acres, of which 840 are woodland, 428 are cropland, 195 are pastures and 95 are used for roadways, waterways, support facilities, and aquaculture ponds. Research studies conducted at the station involve field crops, livestock, aquaculture, horticulture, and soil and water. The Station/Center is located five miles east of Plymouth just off U.S. 64, and is part of the statewide system of agricultural research farms. As the host site for the school, there are numerous opportunities for students at the Northeast Regional School to experience the research of the Center/Station.