Community meeting planned for new STEM-focused school in South Fulton

 In Chamber Of Commerce
For Immediate Release
August 31, 2018
For More Information Contact

Susan Hale, APR, Communications

470-254-6830 or communications@fultonschools.org

Community meeting planned for new STEM-focused school in South Fulton

Fulton County Schools invites parents and community members to provide input on a new STEM-focused school at two community meetings hosted by School Board President Linda Bryant and District 6 Board Member Kimberly Dove. The presentation will be held toward the end of the board members’ meeting.

  • September 17, 6:30 p.m. at Camp Creek Middle School (Bryant’s community meeting)
  • September 18, 6:30 p.m. at Asa G. Hilliard Elementary School (Dove’s community meeting)

Scheduled to open by Fall 2021 in Fairburn, the building will host college and career-focused curriculum pathways with a focus in Healthcare Science and Technology. The school is planned to serve grades 6-12, and is the second of two STEM-focused campuses planned for Fulton County students.

During the community meeting, district staff will share high-level information on how the STEM school will provide a world class program of study through design thinking and an integrated curriculum. This rigorous academic environment will be augmented by robust advisory program so that students learn to support each other in a kind and empathetic manner.

Staff will also share 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. No admissions criteria for the school will be shared; the purpose of the meeting is to share general information about the district’s vision for a STEM-focused school and collect community feedback.

As a first step in the engagement process, meetings will be 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.

Short for “Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” STEM is one of the fast-growing academic fields in the world and accounts for many of the new jobs being created in the workforce. It’s estimated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics that jobs related to STEM will grow by more than 9 million nationwide by 2022.

In addition to the South Fulton STEM school, a similar campus will be located in North Fulton, opening in 2020. The schools are being built through SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax), the one-penny education sales tax that funds new school construction, additions and renovations, technology innovations and safety improvements.

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About the Fulton County School System.  The Fulton County School System is the fourth largest school system in Georgia. More than 95,000 students attend 106 schools in the cities of Alpharetta, Chattahoochee Hills, College Park, East Point, Fairburn, Hapeville, Johns Creek, Milton, Mountain Park, Palmetto, Roswell, Sandy Springs, South Fulton and Union City.

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