All Cobb County schools will resume classes on Tuesday, December 12, on a normal schedule.

Pope High School HS

Tom Flugum, Principal

Kimberly Artigas, AP | Terri Browne, AP | Denise Danielson, AP | Eric Gray, 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

Pope High School’s STEM Academy is in its fourth year and will have its inaugural STEM Academy class graduate in May 2018. Pope High School offers two STEM pathways: a traditional STEM pathway and an Advanced Math and 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 course requirements.

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

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 biotechnology. STEM Academy scholars are required to complete one of the STEM elective course sequences all of which culminate in a Senior Capstone project.

Applicants 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 Biology. STEM scholars interested in engineering and computer science will use their skills from STEM electives in the 10th grade to begin hypothesizing about solutions to issues discussed in AP Environmental Science. STEM scholars interested in Life Sciences will take Biotechnology and Honors Chemistry in the 10th grade. During their senior year, STEM scholars will take both AP Biology and Honors Anatomy. The coursework taken during 9th and 10th grade will provide the foundation for the advanced coursework and capstone projects during junior and senior year.

Senior Capstone Projects

Engineering:
        PLTW Engineering Design and Development is the Capstone course
AP Computer Science and Biotechnology:
        Option 1: STEM Independent Study
        Option 2: STEM Internship
       
Option 3: AP Capstone Program = AP Seminar (11th) and AP Research (12th)
AP Capstone Program:
        AP Seminar (11th) and AP Research (12th)

 Scholars who elect to participate in a STEM Independent Study, or a STEM Internship must have their independent study topic or internship location approved by the STEM Academy Director in early spring of the 11th grade year.  The expected start date of STEM Independent Studies and STEM Internships is the summer after junior year or earlier. STEM scholars who choose the AP Capstone Program will take AP Seminar during 11th grade and AP Research during 12th grade.

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.

Applicants must have successfully completed Accelerated Geometry A/Advanced Algebra 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 have the opportunity to earn the AP Capstone Diploma. To earn the AP Capstone Diploma scholars will have taken 4 AP courses, AP Seminar, and AP Research and completed the corresponding exams for each.

Additional Academy Requirements

As a member of the STEM Academy, all STEM scholars must participation in a minimum of 6 events/activities/competitions throughout the four years at Pope High School.

Application

STEM Academy Application

Teacher Recommendation Form

Applicants must fill out the Applicant Information portion of the recommendation form PRIOR to emailing the form to your teacher.  Have your teacher email the completed form to denise.danielson@cobbk12.org.