The Georgia Department of Education has awarded Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) certification to the Academy of Mathematics, Science, and Technology at Kennesaw Mountain High School.
The Academy offers students a unique STEM curriculum that begins with ninth-grade intensive research projects and presentations and ends with senior year internships. The hallmark of the Academy is the innovative and engaging instructional pedagogies employed by teachers in the school. The use of portfolios, the flipped classroom, project/problem-based learning, classroom debates and advanced scientific research are ubiquitous throughout the program. Relationships with over 100 STEM business and industry partners offers every senior at Kennesaw Mountain the opportunity to conduct research and engage in real-world projects that will prepare them for their STEM careers. DOE Chief Academic Officer Dr. Mike Buck presented school officials with a STEM certification banner during a ceremony at the school Wednesday.
To earn STEM certification, the school had to submit an application showing that it meets rigorous criteria, such as evidence of teacher collaboration, business and industry partnerships, high levels of math and science instruction and an integrated, project-based STEM curriculum. A team from the Georgia Department of Education visited the school to observe the program.
Kennesaw Mountain is the sixth school program to become STEM certified in Georgia. The others are: Marietta Center for Advanced Academics, Rockdale Magnet School for Science and Technology, Gwinnett School of Mathematics, Science, and Technology, Henderson Mill Elementary and The Center for Advanced Studies at Wheeler High School Learn more about STEM schools at stemgeorgia.org