Academy Introduction Video
About our Academy
Established in 2012, the Academy of Science, Research, and Medicine is Paulding County School District’s only STEM certified Academy program. The program accepts 60 – 70 quality applicants from the district’s nine middle schools through a very rigorous selection process. The 2021 10th cohort, amidst a pandemic, is a testament that the program is sustainable and growing. With nearly 120 applicants for the 2021 – 2022 school year, it is evident that even with a global pandemic and a rise in virtual schooling options, the desire to be a part of a competitive, rigorous program among students and parents is sustaining and steadily increasing. This is primarily due to the unique STEM opportunities offered exclusively in the magnet program. For example, the Academy is the only school offering AP Biology, AP Chemistry, AP Physics 1, AP Environmental Science, AP Spanish, AP Literature, AP Computer Science, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, AP Psychology, AP Human Geography, AP World History, AP US History, AP Micro-Economics, and AP Government. The success of or AP program is evident through our many College Board recognitions of Scholars, AP Scholars with Honor, and Scholars with Distinction.
The Academy of Science, Research, and Medicine is also the only school in our district offering the Biotechnology pathway and the Allied Health pathway. The interest in these pathways has grown in demand each year. Students also have the option of completing both pathways. The Biotechnology program is exemplary, as evidenced by the many STEM recognitions through student and teacher awards and accomplishments. With two of our teachers being recently recognized through the Georgia BioEd Institute as teachers of the year, our biotechnology program has become the exemplar for other schools across the state. The Academy program offers intense STEM research opportunities within Honors Scientific Research I and II through our Biotechnology pathway. It is offered to students upon completion of the Biotechnology pathway as an elective.
After completing the Allied Health pathway, students will be equipped with a variety of healthcare skills that can be applied across multiple careers and related to the real world. Students are prepared to challenge themselves to think critically when facing unpredictable situations. Also, students are exposed to various professionals that speak on their scope of practice, experiences, and the path to be successful after high school. The students’ healthcare perspective will be significantly broadened through each speaker and the applications of healthcare standards in the classroom.
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