MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Shelby County Schools cut the ribbon on Maxine Smith STEAM Academy Thursday.
It's the district's first STEAM school, meaning it factors the arts into other disciplines like science, technology, engineering, and math.
"I think we're going to have people who are good in science and math, but also dancers or also performers who are interested in band, orchestra, and they're also very creative. We're going to have engineers who have that flare, that creativity," said Principal Lischa Brooks.
The school's orchestra performed at the ribbon cutting ceremony, which was attended by Mayor A C Wharton and Congressman Steve Cohen.
Shelby County Schools already has STEM schools, but this is the first of its kind in the district. It's a public school that's partnering with Christian Brothers University.
Students must apply to attend the school, and must maintain certain academic and behavioral standards.
The school is named after Maxine Smith, who was a civil rights activist in Memphis and advocated strongly for quality educations for children.