What is the STEM Initiative at SAHS?
South Atlanta High School’s STEM initiative was created primarily to do the following:
- Provide students in the South Atlanta cluster quality education that would adequately prepare them for college and career success in the 21st century.
- Contribute to the improvement of the disparity of people of color in STEM and STEM related fields and
- Provide select students, who would otherwise not have access, with a quality STEM program.
The school’s initiative is both whole school and programmatic:
- Whole School: Every student at South Atlanta will receive an enhanced curriculum focused on building competency in knowledge and skills that will prepare students for a STEM driven work-force (across subject areas).
- Programmatic: A select group of students will have an intensive experience in the Advocating Through the Community Through STEM (A.C.T.S.) Program. The goal of the program is to select students who display specific dispositions (creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication) that are critical for success in STEM fields and intentionally have them learn together in a cohort environment.
The goal is to not only use the STEM program as a think tank and incubator for innovation in STEM education but to also share findings, successes and challenges laterally (within the school) and vertically (with our feeder schools) to increase student achievement in this area. The hope is that one day all students in this cluster embody such a high level of knowledge, skills and/or STEM dispositions that a select STEM program is no longer needed.
SAHS took home awards/prizes in the following areas in the 2018-19 school year:
- WINNER! Technology Association of Georgia STEM Awards (High School)
- 3rd and 4th Place: Verizon Innovative Learning Competition
- 4th Place Overall: Honeywell STEM Challenge
The 2018-19 school year marked the FIRST time we had:
- The Information Technology Pathway
- A VEX Robotics Team
- Students to take the AP Computer Science Principles Exam
- A partnership with Morehouse School of Medicine