In the award-winning biotechnology pathway, students are exposed to a rigorous, hands-on curriculum with an emphasis on biotech research and lab-based skills. Students in this pathway will gain invaluable experiences in microbiology, bioinformatics, genetic engineering, and immunology. They will master skills such as aseptic technique, micro-pipetting, polymerase chain reaction, gel electrophoresis, protein assays, and genetic transformations. The Atlanta area is rapidly becoming the next major biotech hub; thus, students are acquiring skills that are currently in high demand. Upon competition of the pathway, students enter a series advanced research courses, in which students are carrying out independent biotechnology research. With topics ranging from biofuels to pharmacogenomics to nanotechnology, students are truly conducting cutting-edge research. Each year, magnet students present their research findings at the Georgia Science and Engineering Fair, the International Science and Engineering Fair, and the BioGENEius National Challenge.
The Allied Health pathway offers students the opportunity to become effective and efficient multi-skilled healthcare providers as they develop a working knowledge of various allied health opportunities. Students focusing on a career path in the healthcare field may apply classroom/lab knowledge and skills in the clinical setting as they participate in direct or simulated client care. The Allied Health pathway offers students with numerous options to explore their own area of interest in the healthcare profession. These areas include, but are not limited to, community events, health fairs, campaigns, community care, job shadowing, and offsite clinical visits.
In both pathways, STEM content is integrated throughout the curriculum and taught using project-based learning. Students are encouraged to use the engineering design process in conjunction with a claims, evidence, and reasoning approach. When students are not in the classroom conducting lab-based investigations, they are outside learning in the campus wetland habitat or engaged in the next project-based learning activity in school’s innovation STEM lab. Students in the Academy are also exposed to extensive STEM collaborative partnerships. For example, students are currently working with The Nature Conservancy, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Cobb County-Marietta Water Authority, and Kennesaw State University on several long-term projects. These partnerships and authentic learning opportunities help to create a unique STEM culture in the Academy
Click on either icon at the top of this page to learn more about these two exciting pathways. Most students in the magnet program will complete both pathways upon graduation.