Residents in South Fulton learned more about a new STEM-focused school coming their way during two community meetings earlier this fall. Presentations about the new school were given at the September community meetings of Board President Linda Bryant and District 6 Board Member Kimberly Dove.
Scheduled to open by Fall 2021 in Fairburn, the STEM school will host students in grades 6-12 and provide options for those seeking a non-traditional, rigorous, STEM-based educational experience. Students will study college and career-focused courses with a focus in Healthcare Science and Technology, and will receive a world class program that uses design thinking and an integrated curriculum. The rigorous academic environment will be augmented by a robust advisory program so that students learn to support each other in a kind and empathetic manner.
At the September meetings, Fulton County Schools staff also shared information on STEM curriculum pathways and how they can be most beneficial in preparing students for their post-secondary options, whether it be through a two- or four-year college experience or through directly entering the workforce with specialized STEM skills. Admissions criteria for the school is still under development and will be shared as the school takes shape.
As a first step in the engagement process, meetings also were held in September with school leaders, teachers, students, and industry experts in the business community to discuss curriculum pathways and how the STEM school can link the work of students to real world, project-based learning opportunities.
The South Fulton STEM school will be the second of two STEM-focused campuses planned for Fulton County students. The first is under construction in Alpharetta on the site of the former Milton High School, with an opening date of Fall 2020. Both schools are being built through SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), the one-penny education sales tax that is funding new school construction, additions and renovations, technology innovations, transportation upgrades and safety improvements.
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