RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The University of Virginia and Charlottesville City Schools are teaming up for a new lab school.

Governor Glenn Youngkin announced on Thursday that the Virginia Board of Education has approved the establishment of the fifth and sixth lab schools in the Commonwealth.

According to a release, the lab schools from UVA and the Mountain Gateway Community College will create innovative STEM-focused programs for middle and high school students in their service areas.

“These lab schools provide exciting options for children to explore STEM, computer science, and IT skills as they think about their futures,” said Youngkin. “I’m grateful for the community support for both of these lab schools and appreciate the Board’s continued commitment to keep moving forward with valuable opportunities for Virginia’s students and communities.”

UVA’s proposed school will be focused on infusing science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science education, including data science, into the curriculum.

UVA will be embedding the school in Buford/Charlottesville Middle School, aiming to increase student engagement in science, improve the quality of the middle school experience, and shift the education trajectory for the most at-risk students.

The release says the lab school will leverage partnerships with the UVA School of Education and Human Development, the School of Engineering and Applied Science, and the School of Data Science.

"We stand ready and excited to bring the mission of the UVA Innovation Hub, to engage all students in personally meaningful, computationally-rich and interdisciplinary learning experiences, to life at Charlottesville Middle School,” said Kim Wilkens, Director of Education and Outreach at the UVA School of Education and Human Development. 

Last year, UVA’s first lab school was also created at Buford, to teach computing skills through student-led, project-based learning.

Mountain Gateway will be working with the public school divisions in the counties of Alleghany, Bath, Botetout and Rockbridge as well as Buena Vista to provide students an information technology focus, including cybersecurity, cloud computing and IT support.