Academy of Math, Science &

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Keys to Success:

Academy of Math, Science &
Technology

Kennesaw Mountain

High School

http://kmhsmagnet.com


Director


mimi.dyer@cobbk12.org


Dr. Mimi Dyer

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


Opened in 2000 with 1250 students


2008
-
9 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%






KMHS Profile

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%

School
-
within
-
a
-
School

Full Integration


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




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

Admissions


Blind Application process


Print or online


Eligibility


Transportation


Admissions Criteria


Math Placement


Committee Points



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)

Transportation


Arterial
-

provided by Cobb County


Pick
-
up stations


change each year
based on population


Lose transportation rights if leave
program



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


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

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


Teacher
Recommendations


One each from 8
th

grade


Math


Science


Choice


See
Educator Recommendation
Form


http://kmhsmagnet.com/files/teac
her_recommend/Educator%20Rec
ommendation%20Form.doc


Important

Dates


December 5 , 2008


Application Deadline, 5:00 PM



January 16, 2009


Educator Recommendations






due to KMHS


January 24, 2009


Admissions Testing
January 31 (inclement weather) 8:00 AM


12:30 PM








February 26, 2009


Admissions Decisions mailed




March 10, 2009


Open House for Accepted




Students


March 20, 2009


Admissions Responses due



April 2, 2009



Freshman Registration

Students take 32 total units:

Math



5
-
10 Courses


Science


6
-
16 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

2
-
3 years of one
language

Magnet
Health/BPE

Program Description


Mathematics


Biology


Geo
-
Sciences


Engineering


Computer
Science


Informational
Technology

OR

Emphasis
Components

Mix ‘n Match




AP Statistics


AP Calculus AB


AP Calculus BC


Multivariable Calculus

Math



Honors Anatomy/Physiology


Biology II


DNA/Genetics


Microbiology


AP Biology


Biotechnology



Life Sciences



Oceanography


AP Physics


Astrophysics


AP Environmental Science

Physical Sciences



Pre
-
Engineering


Engineering


Applications


Robotics


3
-
D Solid Modeling

Engineering



Information Technology Foundations


Programming and Systems
Management


AP Computer Science









Computer Science



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


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.

Advice for Incoming
Students


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

Introduction to Technology

9th Literature Honors

Introduction to Technology

9
th

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


Chemistry of Teachers


Common planning


Common vision


Patience


Flexibility


Curiosity


Not why, but why
not?



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


Autobiography

Catapults

King Arthur

Romeo and Juliet

CADs and Ads

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

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.


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


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

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

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



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?

Math and Science Courses



See Appendix C and D

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

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


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


Class of 2008


Why did you apply to this program?


Like math/science, technology


41.547%


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


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


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.

Passion

for Learning

Motivation

Curiosity

Determination

Independence

Elements for Success

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