As the first magnet school in Paulding County, the academy opened its doors to its first freshman class, according to Robin Davis, assistant principal and director of the new program that emphasizes advanced study in the academic fields which comprise the academy’s name.
“All eighth-grade students entering high school are eligible to apply,” she said. “We take the top 60 applicants.”
Currently, the program has 51 freshmen enrolled in the program. As a magnet school, it is open to students from any high school zone in Paulding County who wish to apply.
The program is not for the feint of heart, as it offers a rigorous course of study at both the honors and Advanced Placement (AP) levels.
The Paulding County School System chose to create a magnet school focusing on science, research and medicine because the new hospital is being built and there will be jobs for local students to go into, Davis said.
There are four pathways from which a student can choose: biotechnology research, therapeutic services, the medical field and mathematics and science, she said.
“We want to get kids college and career ready and build a program that will grow kids,” Davis said.
The magnet school has generated interest from people in the medical and research fields who serve on an advisory board.
It has also drawn attention from such leading research universities as Georgia Tech, Davis said.
The science and biotechnology class is partnering with Georgia Tech on a research project that will determine how an invasive type of marine coral is growing so rapidly. Once completed, the research will be written up in a scientific journal, according to Davis.
The magnet school is housed along its own hallway at Paulding County High School, said Davis, complete with its own hospital lab where the students work.
“These kids travel together in their academic classes,” Davis said, “but we have several students who participate in sports, band and chorus.”
Dylan Stone, 14, son of Jennifer and Steven Stone, decided to attend the magnet school “because it seemed like a challenge for me.”
Stone plans to become an anesthesiologist as an adult.
He was inspired by his father, he explained, who is a paramedic and registered EMT.
“The medical field has always fascinated me,” he said.
Applications for incoming freshman who would like to attend the magnet school will be available Jan. 7 on the Paulding County High School website.
Application packets will be accepted between Jan. 15 and Feb. 15.
Information: (770) 443-8008 or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit http://tinyurl.com/bdjmgcw.