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1 Keys to Success: Academy of Math, Science & Technology
Kennesaw Mountain High School

2 Director mimi.dyer@cobbk12.org
Dr. Mimi Dyer Director

3 Cobb County Schools Just north of Atlanta, GA
2nd largest school district in state 30th largest in nation 106,000 students (+2,500/yr) 17 high schools, incl. eHigh 23 middle schools 68 elementary schools

4 KMHS Profile Opened in 2000 with 1250 students
population – 2,373 319,000 sq. ft. instructional space on 79 acres 118 core and 165 elective courses on 4x4 block schedule 66% White, 18% Black, 9% Hispanic, 7% Other Economically disadvantaged: 24%

5 School Data SAT Participation 82% take test 81.2% go to college
AYP Measurements Georgia High School Graduation Tests All students first time test takers (juniors) Writing: 97% English: 95% Math: 95% Social Studies: 91% Science: 89% Graduation Rate: 87.4% Attendance Rate: 95% Dropout Rate: 1.8%

6 School-within-a-School
Full Integration

7 Academy Info 260 students 60% M 40% F Four-year program
Math and science acceleration Magnet classes integrated into KMHS instructional space Actively involved in athletics, fine arts, other extracurricular clubs & organizations

8 Mission Statement The Academy of Mathematics, Science & Technology at Kennesaw Mountain High School commits to offering an accelerated curriculum that develops future leaders and supports their passion for learning.

9 Admissions Blind Application process Eligibility Transportation
Print or online Eligibility Transportation Admissions Criteria Math Placement Committee Points

10 Eligibility Eligible to attend Cobb County Schools and
Current 8th grader or Current freshman at KMHS and did not apply originally in 8th grade or Transfer from outside Cobb County (sophomore only)

11 Transportation Arterial - provided by Cobb County
Pick-up stations – change each year based on population Lose transportation rights if leave program

12 Admissions Criteria Total = 100
Standardized test scores (ITBS or equiv.) – 30 Middle school grades – 14 Teacher recommendations – 9 Entrance Test (PSAT) – 30 Essay – 9 Committee Points – 6 Math Placement – 2 Total = 100

13 Math Placement New Georgia curriculum – integration of algebra, geometry, statistics Student must be eligible for Accelerated Math I (minimum) Math placement entering the program – 2 points for Accelerated Math I or II or Algebra II

14 Committee Points Three members evaluate each application
Academic Awards – 1% Leadership – 1% Academic Extracurricular – 1% Non-academic extracurricular – 1% Application essay – 1% Teacher recommendations – 1%

15 Teacher Recommendations
One each from 8th grade Math Science Choice See Educator Recommendation Form

16 Important Dates December 5 , 2008 Application Deadline, 5:00 PM
January 16, Educator Recommendations due to KMHS January 24, Admissions Testing January 31 (inclement weather) 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM February 26, Admissions Decisions mailed March 10, Open House for Accepted Students March 20, Admissions Responses due April 2, Freshman Registration

17 Program Description Students take 32 total units: Math 5-10 Courses
Science Courses English 4 Courses Local Electives 4-6 Courses Social Studies 3 Courses Health/Phys. Ed. 1 Course ½ credit each Foreign Language 2 Courses Students must complete a minimum of 11 science and math courses Magnet Health/BPE 2-3 years of one language

18 Emphasis Components OR Mathematics Biology Geo-Sciences Engineering
Computer Science Informational Technology OR

19 Mix ‘n Match

20 Math AP Statistics AP Calculus AB AP Calculus BC
Multivariable Calculus

21 Life Sciences Honors Anatomy/Physiology Biology II AP Biology
DNA/Genetics Microbiology AP Biology Biotechnology

22 Physical Sciences Oceanography AP Physics Astrophysics
AP Environmental Science

23 Engineering Pre-Engineering Engineering Applications Robotics
3-D Solid Modeling

24 Computer Science Information Technology Foundations
Programming and Systems Management AP Computer Science

25 Information Technology
Information Technology Foundations Foundations of Information Services and Support User Support for Information Systems “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~Arthur C. Clarke

26 Advice for Incoming Students
Be prepared to work hard. Don’t procrastinate. Get involved. Learn how to study. Use your time wisely. Study for tests, even if you think you don’t have to.

27 Course of Study- 9th Grade
Magnet Biology and Magnet Chemistry Magnet Acc. Math I and Magnet Acc. Math II Computing in the Modern World with 9th Lit. (H) AP Human Geography or Gifted Social Studies (elective) Latin, Spanish, French, German Fine Arts, Music, Physical Education, Tech/Career Science Math Technology/English Social Studies Foreign Language Electives Appendix B

28 Introduction to Technology 9th Literature Honors

29 Introduction to Technology 9th Literature Honors
2 separate courses team-taught Originated in 2000 Full year (two semesters) 4x4 block Scheduled as “skinnies” Flexibility to meet together for 90 minutes or separately for 45 minutes each

30 Chemistry of Teachers Common planning Common vision Patience
Flexibility Curiosity Not why, but why not?

31 Why Lit/Tech? Provide continuity for students coming from across district (20+ public and private middle schools and home schools) Provide exposure to and experience with all technologies needed for program Help students see connections between literacies and technology Provide home station for critical transition year

32 Autobiography

33 Catapults King Arthur

34 Romeo and Juliet CADs and Ads

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37 Magnet Accelerated Math II Teaching Project
Retention rate for teaching others = 90% Establish positive relationships with parents All appreciate level of math students are learning Lesson Template Student Submission

38 Parent Reflection I thoroughly enjoyed the linear programming project. My child presented relevant instruction on how to use this type of algebraic math application and showed me the proper way to use a graphing calculator. Having purchased this calculator, it was rewarding to see how it is used daily in his math curriculum and to know that he had mastered this math concept.

39 Course of Study - 10th Grade
Science Math Technology/Fine Arts Social Studies English Foreign Language Electives Magnet Physics and Honors Earth Science Magnet Acc. Math III Technology/Fine Arts Elective World History, APUSH, US History Honors American Literature (Honors) French, Latin, Spanish, German Fine Arts, Music, Physical Education, Technology

40 Junior & Senior Years Fan out into AP courses
Scientific Research and Internship Capstone courses Internship with business, lab, office, or educational institution Original research ties to internship Minimum 9 hours per week during normal school day Looks great on college application and has helped produce college scholarships

41 Research and Internship
Pre-req – minimum 2 AP at least 1 science Blocked 3rd and 4th (3 hours) Research/Internship Coordinator 13-week internship Minimum 9 hrs./week Original research correlates to internship

42 Research Requirements
Lab Notebook (use as a journal in the beginning of the semester to organize thoughts and narrow down research topic) Literature Review – APA Style Establish Research Problem Annotated bibliography Create Sub-problems Research Proposal Conduct Research Complete Research Paper (the proposal is the first ½ of the paper) Formal Presentation

43 Internships and Research Topics
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta: What is the relationship between atmospheric pressure and the occurrence of spontaneous pneumothoraces? Georgia Tech Aerospace System Design Lab. School of Aerospace Engineering: How do the coefficients of lift, drag, and pitching moment for a root, tip, and mid airfoil relate in a wing with aerodynamic twist? Vascular Surgical Associates: How does the placement of an Arteriovenous fistula compare to an Arteriovenous graft in terms of longevity and postoperative complications? Kemira Chemicals, Inc.: What is the relationship between sticky concentration and percent of light transmitted through extract solution?

44 Math and Science Courses
See Appendix C and D

45 Student Contract Students must make 3.0 in each math and science course to maintain “good standing” Two or more D’s or one F = dismissal Academic Probation Conference with parents and student to develop remedial plan If successful, “good standing” returned If not, student dismissed from program Appendix A

46 Student Contract, cont. If student lives inside KMHS attendance zone, s/he will be placed in courses here If student lives outside KMHS attendance zone, s/he must return to zoned high school (within first 3 years) Students exiting the program within the first 3 years and after 2 weeks of the semester may remain at KMHS for the remainder of the semester before returning to zoned high school

47 Class of 2008 SAT Verbal- 648 SAT Math- 703 SAT Writing- 638
ACT composite score average: 29 Valedictorian Jamie Oakley GPA: 4.625 Salutatorian William Hicks GPA: 4.609 College Attendances: MIT, Brown, Duke, US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy, US Coast Guard Academy, UGA, Georgia Tech, Emory, Berry, Georgia Southern, Mississippi State University, University of Minnesota, Florida State University, Auburn University, Mercer University, University of Alabama, Embry Riddle University, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Washington & Lee

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49 Class of 2012 Survey Why did you apply to this program?
Like math/science, technology – % Looks good for college applications – 29.23% In what areas was transition difficult? Depth of content on tests – 47.69% Study skills – 56.92% Time management – 61.54%

50 Class of 2012 Survey Greatest challenge Managing the work load: 43.08%
Learning how to study: 36.92% How much homework do you have/night? 1-2 hours: 44.62% 2-3 hours: 40% Did you have to study in middle school? 80% No

51 KMHS Academy Foundation, Inc.
501 (c)(3) corporation Donations benefit KMHS magnet family Monthly magnet treat days September family picnic Teacher appreciation luncheons Magnet banquet in April Scholarships

52 Elements for Success Passion for Learning Motivation Curiosity
Determination Independence

53 Promotional Video

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