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1Keys to Success: Academy of Math, Science & Technology Kennesaw MountainHigh School
2Director email@example.com Dr. Mimi DyerDirector
3Cobb County Schools Just north of Atlanta, GA 2nd largest school district in state30th largest in nation106,000 students (+2,500/yr)17 high schools, incl. eHigh23 middle schools68 elementary schools
4KMHS Profile Opened in 2000 with 1250 students population – 2,373319,000 sq. ft. instructional spaceon 79 acres118 core and 165 elective courses on 4x4 block schedule66% White, 18% Black, 9% Hispanic, 7% OtherEconomically disadvantaged: 24%
5School Data SAT Participation 82% take test 81.2% go to college AYP MeasurementsGeorgia High School Graduation TestsAll 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%
7Academy Info 260 students 60% M 40% F Four-year program Math and science accelerationMagnet classes integrated into KMHS instructional spaceActively involved in athletics, fine arts, other extracurricular clubs & organizations
8Mission StatementThe 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.
9Admissions Blind Application process Eligibility Transportation Print or onlineEligibilityTransportationAdmissions CriteriaMath PlacementCommittee Points
10Eligibility Eligible to attend Cobb County Schools and Current 8th grader orCurrent freshman at KMHS and did not apply originally in 8th grade orTransfer from outside Cobb County (sophomore only)
11Transportation Arterial - provided by Cobb County Pick-up stations – change each year based on populationLose transportation rights if leave program
12Admissions Criteria Total = 100 Standardized test scores (ITBS or equiv.) – 30Middle school grades – 14Teacher recommendations – 9Entrance Test (PSAT) – 30Essay – 9Committee Points – 6Math Placement – 2Total = 100
13Math PlacementNew Georgia curriculum – integration of algebra, geometry, statisticsStudent must be eligible for Accelerated Math I (minimum)Math placement entering the program – 2 points for Accelerated Math I or II or Algebra II
14Committee Points Three members evaluate each application Academic Awards – 1%Leadership – 1%Academic Extracurricular – 1%Non-academic extracurricular – 1%Application essay – 1%Teacher recommendations – 1%
15Teacher Recommendations One each from 8th gradeMathScienceChoiceSee Educator Recommendation Form
16Important Dates December 5 , 2008 Application Deadline, 5:00 PM January 16, Educator Recommendations due to KMHSJanuary 24, Admissions Testing January 31 (inclement weather) 8:00 AM – 12:30 PMFebruary 26, Admissions Decisions mailedMarch 10, Open House for Accepted StudentsMarch 20, Admissions Responses dueApril 2, Freshman Registration
17Program Description Students take 32 total units: Math 5-10 Courses Science CoursesEnglish 4 CoursesLocal Electives 4-6 CoursesSocial Studies 3 CoursesHealth/Phys. Ed. 1 Course½ credit eachForeign Language 2 CoursesStudents must complete a minimum of 11 science and math coursesMagnet Health/BPE2-3 years of one language
18Emphasis Components OR Mathematics Biology Geo-Sciences Engineering Computer ScienceInformational TechnologyOR
24Computer Science Information Technology Foundations Programming and Systems ManagementAP Computer Science
25Information Technology Information Technology FoundationsFoundations of Information Services and SupportUser Support for Information Systems“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” ~Arthur C. Clarke
26Advice 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.
27Course of Study- 9th Grade Magnet Biology and Magnet ChemistryMagnet Acc. Math I and Magnet Acc. Math IIComputing in the Modern World with 9th Lit. (H)AP Human Geography or Gifted Social Studies (elective)Latin, Spanish, French, GermanFine Arts, Music, Physical Education, Tech/CareerScienceMathTechnology/EnglishSocial StudiesForeign LanguageElectivesAppendix B
28Introduction to Technology 9th Literature Honors
29Introduction to Technology 9th Literature Honors 2 separate courses team-taughtOriginated in 2000Full year (two semesters)4x4 blockScheduled as “skinnies”Flexibility to meet together for 90 minutes or separately for 45 minutes each
30Chemistry of Teachers Common planning Common vision Patience FlexibilityCuriosityNot why, but why not?
31Why 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 programHelp students see connections between literacies and technologyProvide home station for critical transition year
37Magnet Accelerated Math II Teaching Project Retention rate for teaching others = 90%Establish positive relationships with parentsAll appreciate level of math students are learningLesson TemplateStudent Submission
38Parent ReflectionI 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.
39Course of Study - 10th Grade ScienceMathTechnology/Fine ArtsSocial StudiesEnglishForeign LanguageElectivesMagnet Physics and Honors Earth ScienceMagnet Acc. Math IIITechnology/Fine Arts ElectiveWorld History, APUSH, US History HonorsAmerican Literature (Honors)French, Latin, Spanish, GermanFine Arts, Music, Physical Education, Technology
40Junior & Senior Years Fan out into AP courses Scientific Research and InternshipCapstone coursesInternship with business, lab, office, or educational institutionOriginal research ties to internshipMinimum 9 hours per week during normal school dayLooks great on college application and has helped produce college scholarships
41Research and Internship Pre-req – minimum 2 APat least 1 scienceBlocked 3rd and 4th (3 hours)Research/Internship Coordinator13-week internshipMinimum 9 hrs./weekOriginal research correlates to internship
42Research Requirements Lab Notebook (use as a journal in the beginning of the semester to organize thoughts and narrow down research topic)Literature Review – APA StyleEstablish Research ProblemAnnotated bibliographyCreate Sub-problemsResearch ProposalConduct ResearchComplete Research Paper (the proposal is the first ½ of the paper)Formal Presentation
43Internships 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?
45Student ContractStudents must make 3.0 in each math and science course to maintain “good standing”Two or more D’s or one F = dismissalAcademic ProbationConference with parents and student to develop remedial planIf successful, “good standing” returnedIf not, student dismissed from programAppendix A
46Student Contract, cont.If student lives inside KMHS attendance zone, s/he will be placed in courses hereIf 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
47Class of 2008 SAT Verbal- 648 SAT Math- 703 SAT Writing- 638 ACT composite score average: 29Valedictorian Jamie Oakley GPA: 4.625Salutatorian William Hicks GPA: 4.609College 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
49Class 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%
50Class 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
51KMHS Academy Foundation, Inc. 501 (c)(3) corporationDonations benefit KMHS magnet familyMonthly magnet treat daysSeptember family picnicTeacher appreciation luncheonsMagnet banquet in AprilScholarships
52Elements for Success Passion for Learning Motivation Curiosity DeterminationIndependence