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Pope High School HS

Dr. Thomas Flugum, Principal

Kimberly Artigas, AP | Dr. James Bishop, AP | Dr. Denise Danielson, AP | Julie Huffman, AP | Josh Mathews, AP/AD | Nancy Zarbnisky, AP

3001 Hembree Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 770-578-7900
FAX: 770-578-7902

3001 Hembree Road
Marietta, GA 30062
Phone: 770-578-7900
FAX: 770-578-7902

Academies @ Pope

STEM Academy

The STEM Academy's 1st Graduating Class!

These STEM graduates were accepted to these incredible colleges and universities:

Agnes Scott University Georgia Tech Tulane University
Auburn University Indiana University University of Alabama
Augusta University Johns Hopkins University University of Illinois
Baylor University Kennesaw State University University of South Carolina
Berry College Miami Ohio University University of Tennessee
Butler University MIT University of Georgia
Cal Tech North Carolina State University University of Cincinatti
Clemson University New York Institute of Technology Vanderbilt University
Emory University New York University Wake Forest University
Florida State University Purdue University
Georgia Southern University Rice University  

Pope High School prides itself on producing well-rounded STEM students who are deeply engaged in the Pope Culture. While our STEM students build a strong academic foundation for college admittance, many academy students are leaders in our Fine Arts program, athletics, and extracurricular activities.

Pope High School offers the following STEM Programs:

Advanced Math and Science STEM Program
Traditional STEM Program:
  • Engineering Pathway
  • Computer Science Pathway
  • Life Science Pathway
The traditional STEM pathway differs from the Advanced Math and Science STEM pathway in the number and level of math and science courses and STEM elective requirements.
All academy programs culminate in a capstone project or capstone course where students produce a unique piece of work. For example, engineering students invent a product with input from local engineers; computer science students develop their own computer program, game or app; and AP Capstone students conduct new research, much list a master’s thesis, in a field that interests them.

Senior Capstone Projects/Courses

Engineering Pathway
Computer Science Pathway
Life Science Pathway
AMS STEM Pathway
PLTW Engineering Design and Development Course (12th)
Programming, Games, Apps Design Course (12th)
Option 1: Life Science courses and Scientific Research

Option 2: AP Capstone Program: AP Seminar (11th) and AP Research (12th)
AP Capstone Program: AP Seminar (11th) and AP Research (12th)
In addition to the capstone courses, Pope’s STEM Academy incorporates several opportunities for enriching our scholars’ learning experience. Enrichment activities include learning from experts in STEM fields, attending in STEM related field trips and events, competing in local, state, and national STEM challenges, and participating in and developing STEM outreach projects.

STEM Academy Video STEM Academy Events


Traditional STEM Academy

Scholars interested in the traditional STEM Academy pathway should have a keen interest in a STEM career and a high aptitude for mathematics and science. The STEM Academy is designed for creative and innovative scholars who are truly passionate about devising solutions to a variety of local and global issues through engineering, computer science, or life sciences. All STEM pathways culminate in a comprehensive senior capstone course.
 
9th grade
10th grade
11th grade
12th grade
Math
(required)
H Geometry or above
Students must earn 4 Math credits
Science
(required)
H STEM Biology
H STEM Chem
AP Physics 1 or Honors Physics
AP Science or
Honors Science
Language Arts
H 9th Lit
(required)
Students must earn 4 Lang Arts credits
Social Studies
Students must earn 3 Social Studies credits
Electives
World Lang
World Lang
Health & PE
STEM Electives
See STEM Pathways below
This course sequence is subject to change based on the needs of the students and input from faculty.
Required STEM Pathways
Students in the Traditional STEM Academy must choose one of the following STEM pathways:
 
 
 
 
Capstone Course
Engineering
Introduction to Engineering
Principles of Engineering
Aerospace Engineering
Engineering Design and Development
Computer Science
Introduction to Digital Technology
AP Computer Science Principles
AP Computer Science A
Programming, Games and App Design
Life Science
 
AP Biology or Honors Anatomy or Honors Zoology
Honors Scientific Research
Honors Scientific Research Capstone Course
Eligible students must have successfully completed Algebra I or higher in the 8th grade to be considered for the STEM Academy.
In the 9th grade STEM scholars will develop scientific research skills in Honors 9th Literature and Honors STEM Biology. The coursework taken during 9th and 10th grade will provide the foundation for the advanced coursework and capstone projects during junior and senior year.
See below for additional academy requirements.

Advanced Math & Science STEM Academy

Scholars interested in the Advanced Math and Science (AMS) STEM Academy pathway should have a keen interest in a STEM career and a high aptitude for mathematics and science. This AMS STEM pathway emphasizes high level math and science through an accelerated curriculum. The accelerated curriculum is unlike a traditional schedule in that AMS STEM scholars have an opportunity to take a greater number of Honors and AP math and science courses. Engineering principles drive the advanced math focus of this STEM program.
Eligible students must have successfully completed Algebra I/Accelerated Geometry A or higher in the 8th grade to be considered for the AMS STEM Academy.
In the 9th grade, AMS STEM scholars will develop research skills and the necessary mathematical skills required for an understanding of engineering math. The AMS STEM coursework taken during 9th and 10th grade will provide the foundation for the accelerated coursework and capstone projects during junior and senior year.
AMS scholars are strongly encouraged to complete the AP Capstone Program. AMS STEM scholars will take AP Seminar during 11th grade and AP Research during 12th grade. The College Board states that the AP Capstone program:
  • Fosters the research, argumentation, and communication skills that are at the core of college readiness and essential for lifelong learning
  • Provides a setting to build on the knowledge and rigorous course work of AP in an interdisciplinary format
  • Offers students a unique opportunity to distinguish themselves to colleges and universities
AMS STEM scholars can earn the AP Capstone Diploma. To earn the AP Capstone Diploma scholars must take 4 AP courses, AP Seminar and AP Research; and earned a 3 or higher on each exam.

Advanced Math and Science STEM Pathway

8th grade   9th grade 10th grade 11th grade 12th grade
85% or Higher + Alg I/ Geo A + Teacher Rec Math
(Required)
H Geo B /
H Alg II
H Acc Precal /
AP Calc AB
AP Cal BC Multivariable Cal / Engineering Cal
88% or Higher + Teacher Rec Science
(Required)
AP Env Sci AP Biology AP Physics 1 /
AP Physics C
AP Chem
  Lang Arts Students must have 4 credits of Lang Arts
  Social Studies  Students must have 3 credits of Social Studies
  Electives     AP Seminar AP Research
  Electives World Lang World Lang Health & PE  

This course sequence is subject to change based on the needs of the students and input from faculty.


Additional Academy Requirements

As a member of the STEM Academy, all STEM scholars must participate in events/activities/competitions throughout the four years at Pope High School.

Competitions

  • Robotics
  • Science Olympiad
  • Science Fair
  • GaTech Inventure Challenge
  • Other approved state and national competitions

STEM Outreach Projects

  • Elementary School STEM visits
  • Builder Bunch Competition
  • Girls in STEM
  • Technology Student Association Environmental Club
  • Other approved local STEM outreach projects

Educational STEM Seminars / Conferences / Events

  • KSU Computer Science Fair
  • Atlanta Science Festival
  • GaTech's KIDS Club Saturdays
  • GaTech's CEISMC Summer Peaks
  • Other approved summer programs

 


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