Apply to Fulton County Schools'
New STEM-Focused Magnet Schools
for the 2021-2022 Academic Year
In August 2021, Fulton County Schools is opening two world-class, STEM-focused magnet high schools: Global Impact Academy and Innovation Academy.
STEM-Focused Curricula. At both schools, students will study high-tech, high-demand college- and career-focused courses that incorporate Design Thinking with an integrated curriculum focusing on three pathways: Engineering, Healthcare and Information Technology. Students will have the opportunity to study computer science, coding, gaming, biotechnology, robotics and pre-medicine, as well as other STEM interest areas.
Design Thinking Approach. Design Thinking is a mindset and approach to learning, collaboration, and problem-solving. Curricula at both schools will be structured around this approach.
Real World Connections. Partnerships, such as those with Georgia Tech’s Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC), will enhance the curriculum, and there will be extensive opportunities to engage with corporate, community, and higher education partners through projects, presentations, and internships. These opportunities will give students exposure to cutting edge technologies and skills that will help them succeed in the modern workplace. Students also will be supported through robust advisory programs that ensure every student has a guidance counselor, faculty advisor, and corporate mentor.
Extra-Curricular Activities. Clubs and activities will be driven by student interest. While there will not be GHSA sanctioned athletics or band/orchestra, there will be many clubs with STEM-related focuses, such as robotics, gaming, photography, chess or environmental science, as examples. There also will be national student organizations to join, such as FBLA (business) and HOSA (health sciences), as well as class council.
Transportation. Bus transportation will be provided daily to and from the student's zoned high school or students/parents can provide their own transportation. On-campus parking will be available for students who drive.
Rather than focusing on an admissions test or GPA, Global Impact Academy and Innovation Academy are seeking students who will thrive in an environment that focuses on creative thinking and who have a passion to study STEM-related coursework.
As a public magnet school, there is not a tuition or application fee. However, all 2020-2021 applicants must:
- Be a currently enrolled 8th or 9th grade student within a Fulton County School System middle or high school; or
- Attend a private/charter school/home school (currently in 8th or 9th grade) but living within a Fulton County School System attendance zone
Attendance Boundaries. Global Impact Academy enrolls students who reside in FCS Learning Zones 1, 2 and 3, while Innovation Academy enrolls students residing in FCS Learning Zones 4, 5, 6 and 7. Click here if you are not sure of your Learning Zone or which schools serve your home.
Both schools will open in August 2021 with 9th and 10th grades only. The schools will grow to meet their capacity as students matriculate to the next grade and the next freshman class takes their place. For their 2021-2022 inaugural school year, Global Impact Academy is enrolling up to 500 students and Innovation Academy is enrolling up to 900 students.
Each applicant must:
- Complete the online application for either Global Impact Academy or Innovation Academy
- Attach a short essay or a brief video that supports the application. The question prompt for the essay/video is provided within the application as well as uploading instructions.
October 15, 2020 to December 15, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.
Notification will be made to the email address/mailing address included on the application packet in January 2021. Should applications exceed the schools' capacity, students will be selected by a lottery and a waitlist will be generated. All applicants will be notified of their acceptance or waitlisted status.