Advanced Technologies Academy
Magnet High School
Advanced Technologies Academy, founded in 1994, was designed with a well-developed technology infrastructure. Every faculty member of the academy are well trained and representative within their field of teaching. Additional training and enhancement were provided for the academy faculty in all facets of computer hardware, software, and networking technology. For more information, please visit their website at http://atech.org
Students attend a rigorous eight-period schedule with block scheduling two days per week to work on developing technologies. Upon admission, students select classes from their program area. Academic core classes are selected based on an identification of student ability level and input from former instructors, students and parents. The academic level is challenging, requiring students to be focused, to develop good study and time management skills and to be organized. After school tutoring and program enhancement activities are offered.
Courses are provided in English, science, mathematics, social studies, health/physical education, humanities, and foreign language as well as courses in the student's selected program area of study. A heavy emphasis is placed on vocabulary, writing and comprehension. The use of technology in all classes amplifies the math/logic-based thinking activities of the Advanced Technologies Academy student. Creative thinking, problem-solving, decision-making, and skills expansion are encouraged in all subject areas. Students are supported in their pursuits of individual product and theory development. Teachers facilitate learning within the classrooms through group projects and activities that seek to promote a team player environment.
Honors and advanced placement classes have a weighted .025 grade point average factored in. Class rankings are based on a weighted grade point average. Advanced placement courses are offered in Calculus, Literature and Composition, Physics, Spanish, U.S. Government, U.S. History, Computer Science and Studio Art.