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

2 Director Dr. Mimi Dyer

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 Opened in 2000 with 1250 students population – 2, ,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% KMHS Profile

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

7 260 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 Academy Info

8 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. Mission Statement

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

10 Eligibility Eligible to attend Cobb County Schools and Current 8 th grader or Current freshman at KMHS and did not apply originally in 8 th 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 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 Admissions Criteria

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

15 Teacher Recommendations One each from 8 th grade –Math –Science –Choice See Educator Recommendation Form Educator Recommendation Form her_recommend/Educator%20Rec ommendation%20Form.doc her_recommend/Educator%20Rec ommendation%20Form.doc

16 Important Dates December 5, 2008 Application Deadline, 5:00 PM January 16, 2009Educator Recommendations due to KMHS January 24, 2009Admissions Testing January 31 (inclement weather) 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM February 26, 2009Admissions Decisions mailed March 10, 2009Open House for Accepted Students March 20, 2009Admissions Responses due April 2, 2009 Freshman Registration

17 Students take 32 total units: Math 5-10 Courses Science6-16 Courses English4 Courses Local Electives4-6 Courses Social Studies 3 Courses Health/Phys. Ed.1 Course ½ credit each Foreign Language2 Courses Students must complete a minimum of 11 science and math courses 2-3 years of one language Magnet Health/BPE Program Description

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

19 Mix n Match

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

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

22 Oceanography AP Physics Astrophysics AP Environmental Science Physical Sciences

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

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

25 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 Information Technology

26 Be prepared to work hard. Dont procrastinate. Get involved. Learn how to study. Use your time wisely. Study for tests, even if you think you dont have to. Advice for Incoming Students

27 Course of Study- 9th Grade Science Math Technology/English Social Studies Foreign Language Electives 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 Appendix B

28 Introduction to Technology 9th Literature Honors

29 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



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 3 rd and 4 th (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 Childrens 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 Ds 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 SAT Verbal- 648 SAT Math- 703 SAT Writing- 638 ACT composite score average: 29 Valedictorian Jamie Oakley GPA: Salutatorian William Hicks GPA: 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 Class of 2008


49 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% Class of 2012 Survey

50 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 Class of 2012 Survey

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

52 Passion for Learning Motivation Curiosity Determination Independence Elements for Success

53 Promotional Video


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