GaDOE Recertifies Kennesaw Mountain High School’s STEM Program

The Georgia Department of Education recertified Kennesaw Mountain High School’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program during a ceremony April 27. (Pictured from Left to Right) Cobb County School District Board member Randy Scamihorn; Dr. Sally Creel, CCSD STEM and Innovation Supervisor; Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods; Dr. Kelly Ingle, Kennesaw Mountain High School Magnet Coordinator; CCSD Superintendent Chris Ragsdale; Kennesaw Principal Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit and Assistant Superintendent Dr. Phillip Page.

Kennesaw Mountain High School recently renewed its membership in an elite group of Georgia high schools. Kennesaw Mountain is one of only 10 high schools in Georgia to be certified by the Georgia Department of Education (GaDOE) for its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program.

The high school first went through the STEM certification process in 2013. Once a school has been STEM certified by the GaDOE, they must re-certify every five years. GaDOE recertified Kennesaw Mountain in a ceremony on April 27.

According to the GaDOE, a highlight of Kennesaw Mountain’s STEM program is the freshman class, which is engaged in integrated English Language Arts and business coursework. Students must find their own business/industry mentor for their freshman project. All students in the STEM program conduct scientific research during their tenure with the school and are expected to articulate the results of that research orally and in writing.

“When we come [to a school] for certification, we talk to the students,” said Dr. Gilda Lyons, GaDOE GA STEM coordinator. “[Kennesaw Mountain students] articulated intellect and strong knowledge of science and mathematics. That’s what we are looking for in our STEM schools.”

Georgia School Superintendent Richard Woods congratulated Kennesaw Mountain High School staff for preparing students for life and the careers that will be available in the STEM field in the future.

Kennesaw Mountain students in the school’s Magnet STEM program listened as Superintendent Woods recertified their school, and Cobb County School District Superintendent Chris Ragsdale talked about how the Magnet program’s reputation is widely known.

Kennesaw Magnet Coordinator, Kelly Ingle, said the Kennesaw Magnet program started in 2000 with less than 40 students and has since graduated more than 900 students. Magnet students now make up about 20 percent of the student body.

Ingle credited the program’s success to the teachers, students and parents.

“Without the strong support of the parents, we couldn’t accomplish everything we do,” added Ingle.

Kennesaw Principal Dr. Mark Trachtenbroit said the work put into the school’s STEM recertification by the students, staff and parents embodies the school’s new mission statement: “A community of learners committed to student success.”