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What is the Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies?

What is a magnet program?

What type of magnet is the Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies?

Are magnet student still a part of Wheeler High School?

Will magnet students be able to participate in all other activities?

From where do the magnets students come?

How many students are in the Center for Advanced Studies?

Are magnet students expected to maintain a certain academic standard to remain in the program?

Can a student drop out of the program?

How does a student apply to be a part of the Center for Advanced Studies?

What are the qualifications for magnet students?

What type of transportation will be offered to magnet students from outside the Wheeler attendance zone and when will these routes be known?

What makes the magnet program different than other specialized programs?

Does the emphasis on academics prevent students from participating in other non-academic activities?

How would you measure the success of the program to this point?

Is the program a member of any magnet related organizations?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies?
The Center for Advanced Studies is a competitive admissions science, technology, engineering & math (STEM) magnet program housed at Wheeler High School.

What is a magnet program?
As the name implies, a magnet is a specialized program within an existing school designed to “attract” students with a strong aptitude in one or more specialized areas.

What type of magnet is the Wheeler Center for Advanced Studies?
Wheeler's magnet program is a Science and Math magnet. Technology is heavily integrated into these areas. In addition to the core academic requirements magnet student are required to take 10 math/science core classes & complete one of the magnet recognized Technology Pathways consisting of 3 specific courses. The Center specializes in several areas including Engineering, Robotics, Medical Biotechnology, Forensics, Advanced Chemistry and Chemical Engineering.

Are magnet students still a part of Wheeler High School?
Absolutely. Magnet students typically take their math, science, and technology classes in the magnet building with other magnet students while other subjects are taken in the main high school building. Since magnet student schedules tend to be similar, students often have several non-magnet classes together.

Will magnet students be able to participate in all other activities?
Yes. Students in the magnet program will be full-time Wheeler students and will be eligible to participate in all Wheeler sports and extracurricular programs.

From where do the magnets students come?
Students come from all over Cobb County and frequently apply from out-of-state in hopes of gaining acceptance. Current students come from over 50 different public, private and home school environments. In addition dozens of foreign countries are represented in the student body and it is not unusual to overhear conversations in multiple languages.

How many students are in the Center for Advanced Studies?
There are approximately 425 students in the program. Each year, the Center enrolls around 100 -125 new freshmen.

Are magnet students expected to maintain a certain academic standard to remain in the program?
Yes. Magnet students must maintain a B average or above in science & math classes. Students who receive a grade below a B in science or math classes are placed on academic probation and must earn a B or higher in the subsequent course to remain in the program. In addition, Magnet students must receive a passing grade in all math and science classes to remain in the magnet program.

Can a student drop out of the program?
We hope that doesn't happen! However, magnet students sometimes find the program is not a good fit and they can drop the program. If they live in the Wheeler district, they must still meet all existing high school graduation requirements. Students from outside the Wheeler attendance zone who leave the program must return to their districted high school and will be subject to Georgia High School Association rules for transfer students. Typically, this means that the student would not be allowed to participate in competitive varsity sports for one year.

How does a student apply to be a part of the Center for Advanced Studies?
The program is designed for entry at the ninth grade level. Students who are interested in applying must apply in the fall of eighth grade. The deadline for application is always the first Friday of December. Applicants are evaluated on a number of criteria including middle school grades, teacher evaluations, standardized tests and PSSS (non-CCSD students) or ReadiStep (CCSD students). Students are then ranked according to these criteria, and top students receive an offer of admission in February.

What are the qualifications for magnet students?
Because the program is a science and math magnet, students are expected to have a strong aptitude in these areas.

What type of transportation will be offered to magnet students from outside the Wheeler attendance zone and when will these routes be known?
The county provides arterial transportation to out-of-zone magnet students. These routes have specific drop-off and pick-up points. Transportation routes may be viewed here.

What makes the magnet program different than other specialized programs?
The acceleration, depth and breadth of the curriculum and the integration of technology help set apart the Center for Advanced Studies from other specialized programs. Moreover, the student’s senior year research and related internship go far beyond the normal scope of traditional and specialized programs. Students have the opportunity to become involved in nationally recognized competitions such as the Siemens Competition, Intel Science Talent Search, BEST Robotics and FIRST Robotics competitions. The fact that students are also able to participate in all other facets of traditional high school education is an added bonus.

Does the emphasis on academics prevent students from participating in other non-academic activities?
No, the opposite is true. While there is a heavy science and math academic focus, students are encouraged to get a well-rounded education and to participate in all aspects of high school life. In fact, most of the students do so. Wheeler’s Fine Arts, Journalism, Music, and Athletic programs have many Magnet students involved. Many of our students become leaders in their non-curricular activities.

How would you measure the success of the program to this point?
The strongest measure of success can be viewed in the success rate of our students when they transition to college. Each year magnet alumni talk about how easy their college experience is after the strong preparation they received in the magnet program. Another positive indicator includes the success of the students on such measures as the SAT and National Merit programs. For the past several years the composite average for the SAT has been in the high 1900's or 2000’s. Since 2004, many Center students have been named National merit finalists. Several students have scored perfect 1600’s and 2400 respectively on the SAT, scored perfect 800’s on one or more sections of the SAT, and scored 36 on at least one section of the ACT. Visit our Profile page, 800 Club and Club 36 for detailed information. More importantly, the students in the program have achieved in a number of non-tangible areas such as volunteer work, leadership activities, and other non-academic areas such as music, drama, and athletics.

Is the program a member of any magnet related organizations?
The Center for Advanced Studies is a member of the National Consortium for Specialized Secondary Schools of Math, Science, and Technology (NCSSSMST). The NCSSSMST offers a strong support and contact network. Nearly 100 of the nation’s top magnet programs and close to 100 top universities are part of the membership. The consortium holds annual professional and student conferences, summer workshops, and publishes a professional journal in which students and faculty may submit research. All of the schools work collaboratively to ensure that the curriculum is rigorous and relevant and prepares students for post-secondary education. For further information see the NCSSSMST website.

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