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The Center for Advanced Studies Foundation

 

 

 

History of the Center

In 1996, planning began for a magnet program to be housed at Wheeler High School. School board member Gordon O'Neill was a driving force in the creation of what is now known as The Center for Advanced Studies in Science, Math and Technology. In the fall of 1997, under the leadership of principal Dr. Tom Higgins and science department chair, Cathie Banks, a planning committee of school officials & community leaders determined that the program would have a science, math, & technology focus basis, with emphasis in biotechnology and engineering. Approval of the SPLOST (Special Purpose Local Options Sales Tax) referendum provided financing for the building and in the fall of 1999 classes began with a small group of brave teachers and students under the leadership of program director Gregg Farmer.

Each year thereafter between 85 and 140 highly qualified freshmen entered the program. In the spring of 2004, the first group of students graduated who had been in the program for all four years. This impressive group claimed ten students who scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the SAT. The 800 club, as it is now known, began a tradition of excellence that continues today. It is not unusual for students to join the club each time the test is given. Top students from around the Cobb County School District vie for the limited number of spots in the now very competitive admissions process and graduates of the program are regularly recruited by top colleges

In 2003, a nonprofit foundation was created in order to provide volunteer and financial support for the maturing program. With state-of-the-art facilities, a dedicated faculty, highly qualified students, and strong community, business, post-secondary, and parental support, the Center for Advanced Studies is thriving. Our goal is to become one of the nation’s premier STEM magnet programs. We are succeeding.

A two-story glass atrium and new science labs were added in the fall of 2007. The magnet program is dynamic. Each year it will grow and change to best serve our students. The magnet program received Georgia STEM Program Certification in September 2012. This prestigious certification is awarded by the Georgia Department of Education to schools in Georgia who lead the way in STEM education. Wheeler has become a model for schools across the state who are interested in starting and developing STEM programs.

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