The Vision of the Advanced Learning Programs Department is to promote rigorous curricular content in conjunction with critical inquiry, creativity, communication of complex thoughts, and an authentic approach to learning. We support the balance of curricular depth and breadth while fostering the development of academic habits and skills.
The goals of Cobb’s Advanced Learning Programs Department are:
- Development of Cognitive Skill growth.
- Promotion of Affective Skill growth
- Extension and enrichment of the Common Core Georgia Performance Standards
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Information regarding various summer opportunities are listed below. Interested students should research these opportunities and contact the agency directly.
Atlanta Bar Association
The Atlanta Bar Association Summer Law Internship Program (SLIP) offers summer opportunities to Atlanta area high school students who are interested in learning more about the legal profession. Founded in 1993, SLIP was designed to achieve three goals: (1) to provide valuable work experience; (2) to further students’ understanding of the law; and (3) to promote mentor relationships with the Atlanta legal community. The summer of 2018 will be the twenty-sixth summer the Atlanta Bar Association will conduct its Summer Law Internship Program for high school students. Applications are available on the Intern Program’s website: www.abaslip.blogspot.com. Completed applications must be received by March 28, 2018. Interviews are tentatively schedule for Wednesday, April 18th.
For more information: http://abaslip.blogspot.com/
Bank Of America Student Leaders
Bank of America is looking for the next generation of community leaders. If you are a junior or senior in high school and are working to make a difference in your school or community, you may be eligible for a student leader opportunity. As a Student Leader, you will participate in an eight-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization where you will learn first-hand about the needs of your community and the critical role nonprofits play. In addition, you will learn valuable civic, social and business leadership skills. Each Student Leader will attend the Student Leaders Summit held in Washington, D.C. where you will learn how government, business and the nonprofit sector work together to address critical community needs. Application closes on February 2, 2018.
To become a Student Leader, you must:
- Currently be a junior or senior in high school
- Be able to participate in an 8-week paid internship at a local nonprofit organization and work 35 hours a week
- Be legally authorized to work in the US without sponsorship through the end of September 2019
- Be able to participate in a week-long Student Leaders Summit in Washington, (All expenses paid. This week will be part of your 8-week experience.)
- Be a student in good standing at your school
- Obtain a letter of recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor, or school administrator.
For more information http://about.bankofamerica.com/en-us/global-impact/student-leaders.html
CDC Museum, Disease Detective Camp
CDC Museum Disease Detective Camp (DDC) is an interdisciplinary educational program organized by the CDC Museum. DDC reflects the museum’s mission of educating the public about CDC’s work. This academic day camp is held at CDC headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. Admission is open to high-school students during the summer before their junior or senior years. Over the course of five days, campers are immersed in the diverse field of public health.
Topics vary year to year, but may include: public health interventions, global health, infectious disease, chronic disease, injury prevention, data analysis, surveys, school wellness programs, violence prevention, environmental health, emergency preparedness, outbreaks, scientific communication, laboratory technology, disease surveillance, epidemiology, and public health law. Camp is a fast paced, academically demanding program. Participants are expected to fully immerse themselves, work together, and become a diverse team of disease detectives. The CDC will select thirty-two high-school juniors and seniors for each camp session. The application opens in December and are due by April 2, 2018. One session will be offered June 11-15 and one July 23-27 of 2018. All days are 8:45 am – 4:00 pm. Applicants must be 16 years old by the first day of camp in order to comply with CDC’s laboratory safety requirements.
For more information http://www.cdc.gov/museum/camp/detective/index.htm.
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
VolunTEENs are high school students ages 15 to 18 who are looking for a rewarding way to spend a portion of their summer. VolunTEENs will spend their days bringing smiles and laughter to the halls of the hospital. From the front desks to the patient units, VolunTEENs will craft, play games and most importantly leave a lasting impression on our patients and families. You will also have informative lunches with members of the Children’s staff, which will give you the opportunity to learn about different professions in a hospital setting.
The program spans eight weeks during June and July. Interested teens must be able to commit to volunteer at least one day a week for five hours, missing no more than two days of the summer commitment.
You must be 15 by June 1 to be eligible for this program.
- Application opens: Feb. 9, 2018
- Application deadline: Feb. 23, 2018
- Training date: May 30, 2018
- Program dates/times: June 4 to July 27, 2017
Please note: The VolunTEEN Program may fill up prior to the application deadline date. All applicants will be notified individually of their status. You may only apply to one of our hospital locations.
The Explorer Program is an educational program for currently enrolled high school juniors and seniors interested in the exciting world of healthcare careers.
Participants attend a total of six presentations held by Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta professionals and participate in facility tours at various Children’s locations. Presentations are held monthly between September and March, except for December.
Potential opportunities include:
- Talk with doctors, physician assistants, physical therapists and medical specialists about their experiences in healthcare
- Explore career opportunities in Child Life, the Children’s Foundation, Rehabilitation and many other unique fields
- Learn about procedures used by a wide range of healthcare professionals including surgeons, psychiatrists and pharmacists
- Meet other students interested in medical fields
- Application opens: August 1, 2018 with a deadline of August 10, 2018
- Program Dates: 18, Oct 23, Nov 13, Jan 21, 2019, Feb 19, March 19 – all sessions are on Tuesdays from 4:30 to 6 pm.
For more information: https://www.choa.org/donors-and-volunteers/volunteer/teen-volunteers
Institute On Neuroscience (ION/Teach) – for High School Students and Teachers in Summer 2017
The Institute on Neuroscience (ION/Teach) is an eight-week summer program, sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and hosted by Georgia State University, Emory University, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center. The program is seeking high school students who excel in science, as well as for middle and high school teachers.
2017 Important Dates
- Application deadline and all materials postmark date – February 4th 2018
- Interviews if selected – mid March
- Internship offers – beginning of April
- Meet the Mentor luncheon – April 28th (tentative)
- Internship program dates – June 11th to July 26th
For More Information:
Dual Enrollment Opportunities
The Dual Enrollment (DE) program provides funding for students who are dually enrolled at a participating high school program and a participating eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia. These students take postsecondary coursework for credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary degree, diploma, or certificate requirements. DE is available during the summer and school year. Interested students should meet with their high school counselor. Summer application deadlines are set by each individual postsecondary institution.
Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)
The Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is a summer STEM program that places talented high school students, from groups historically under-represented and underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. REAP apprentices are exposed to the real world of research, they gain valuable mentorship, and they learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a stipend. Georgia State University is listed as a partner school.
Application closes March 2, 2018.
For information: http://www.usaeop.com/programs/apprenticeships/reap/
Summer Scholars Research Program (Emory: Winship Cancer Institute)
About the Program: The goal of the program is for senior high school students to experience the rich, interdisciplinary nature of cancer research with a firsthand understanding of the process of research. It provides students with a unique immersion experience with a cancer research team.
Students accepted into the program are assigned to work with a research scientist or a clinical oncologist who is actively engaged in research at the Emory University School of Medicine. Students will work in a professional setting with their faculty mentors and research teams. They will learn by working next to the team the skills needed to conduct different types of cancer research. The program consists of both academic and practicum components. Qualified applicants must have completed three years of laboratory-based science classes that include advanced courses in chemistry, biology, and mathematics.
In order to be eligible, students must be age 17 or older by the start of the program. There are NO EXCEPTIONS to the set age requirement due to regulations set by Environmental Health and Safety and Winship Cancer Institute. .The Winship Cancer Institute does not provide for housing, meals, parking or transportation.
Application process and timeline
Application submission process for the 2017 Winship Summer Scholars Research Program will open on December 15. The application form will be available online starting on that date.
- March 2, 2017: Application deadline: Applications need to be postmarked no later than March 2, 2017.
For more information: https://winshipcancer.emory.edu/education/summer-scholars/index.html?nd=940
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TAD-Ed Summer Internship Program
The TAG-Ed Summer Internship Program was created to give students real world STEM experience at companies around Atlanta and the state of Georgia. For five weeks, students will work with a mentor on a specific project, not only honing their technical skills, but also developing the professional skills needed to excel through high school and beyond.
Applications to become a TAG-Ed Summer Intern open in January 2018. Join more than 800 participants who have grown through their summer experience.
Application window opens January 15th and closes on April 13th.
Internship runs from June 4th – August 3rd.
For more information: https://www.tagedonline.org/programs/tag-ed-summer-internship-program/
UGA Young Scholars Program
The Young Scholars Program is a paid six-week summer internship for high school students interested in agricultural, food and environmental sciences. Organized by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES), selected students work 30 hours a week on the UGA Athens, Griffin or Tifton campus, actively engaged in research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.
- Application open for submissions: October 15, 2017
- Application deadline: January 31
- Notification of selected interns: April 1
- Completion of sophomore year and be 16 years old by program start date
- Ability to work at either the Athens, Griffin or Tifton campus
- Commitment to the full six-week internship
- Sincere interest in scientific exploration in agricultural, food and environmental sciences; math or technology
- Completion of at least one high school science course (including a laboratory class) and one semester of algebra
- Acceptance to the University of Georgia for graduating seniors
Young Scholars Program
CAES Office of Diversity Relations
(706) 542-8826 | firstname.lastname@example.org | ysp.caes.uga.edu
WellStar Kennestone VolunTEEN Program
Make a difference in your community while having fun and exploring the healthcare environment at WellStar Kennestone Hospital. Their summer program is designed to provide students interested in healthcare careers access to the operations of a world-class medical center. Volunteering is a fun activity, with lots of hospital exposure. However, it’s also a serious commitment. VolunTEENS provide hundreds of hours of valuable service to our patients, families and team members, and your department will depend on you for your assigned shift. Kennestone offers volunteer opportunities in a variety of settings, including, but not limited to, customer service, clinical and non-clinical areas, patient transport and wayfinding.
Please note that the teen program is competitive. We offer 50 spots to the most qualified and enthusiastic teens. The selection process requires a 15-minute interview, which will occur in April. If you are selected for an interview, you will receive a formal email with the date, time and location of this interview.
For More Information visit: https://www.wellstar.org/about-us/volunteers/pages/wellstar-cobb-hospital-volunteens.aspx
Application window opens and closes each January.
Georgia Tech Summer Engineering Institute (SEI)
Since 2008 the College of Engineering at Georgia Tech has offered a 3-week residential Summer Engineering Institute (SEI) which focuses on underrepresented minority rising 11th and 12th graders from across the nation. The goal of GT-SEI is to provide students with a real world engineering experience that prepares them for the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow.
Application opens in January 2018 and the application deadline is April 6th. This year the SEI will be held from July 8th until July 27th. If you have questions, send email to GTSEI@coe.gatech.edu or visit http://sei.gatech.edu/.
Compiled by the Advanced Learning Programs Department January, 2018
The Summer Enrichment Academy Application Window is currently closed.
Information and Registration
For Current 3rd, 4th, and 5th Graders by Invitation Only
Session 1: TBA
Session 2: TBA
TBA. Scholarships are available based upon need.
*** NO REFUNDS***
Registration is by invitation only. The online application portal will be available (TBA). If a paper application is needed, please see the Gifted Resource Teacher (Target) at your local school. Paper applications are due to the Cobb County School District Central Office (514 Glover St, Marietta) by (TBA) **Students can attend only one session.
Participation is limited to (TBA) students per location (per session). If more students register than then number of available spaces, seats will be filled by lottery. There is no preference given to siblings. If a student is admitted, the parent/guardian will receive confirmation by email on or before (TBA).
Full payment is required to hold the slot. All payments are due by (TBA). Failure to pay in full by (TBA) will result in the loss of your child’s place in the Summer Enrichment Academy. Payment options include online credit card billing and cash. Directions for each option will be included in the confirmation email.
If your student receives a scholarship, more information will be included in the confirmation email.
Who is eligible to participate in Cobb’s Summer Enrichment Academy?
Current 3rd – 5th grade students (rising 4th-6th graders) who met the requirements on the Complete Composite of their most recent nationally-normed, standardized achievement test (such as the IOWA) are eligible. Students should be academically motivated and desirous of this enrichment opportunity.
What is the application process for Cobb’s summer enrichment academy?
In (TBA) we will accommodate (TBA) rising 4th-6th grade students; (TBA) students per location per session. Admittance for 2017 is based on a lottery system. If your child meets the criteria, they will receive an invitation to apply.
Students will be admitted based on verification of test scores, parent/guardian confirmation, and payment. Any slots left vacant due to non-payment will be replaced by students on the waiting list.
Is transportation provided to the summer academy locations?
No, transportation is not provided. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to provide transportation to and from the program(s).
Is there a discount for families with multiple children who have been admitted?
No. Multi-student discounts are not available.
Can changes to locations be made after a student is registered?
No, a specific student teacher ratio is maintained and changing locations disturbs the ratio.
What is the policy regarding cancellation?
No refunds will be provided.
What will a typical day look like?
Doors will open and 8:00 am. Instruction and activities begin at 8:30 am and end at 3:30 pm. All students need to be picked up by 4:00 pm. There will be a late fee of $10 for any student picked up after 4pm.
Daily activities will focus on STEM, creative problem-solving, research, robotics, academic extension and collaboration. There will also be guest speakers to present new and innovative concepts and ideas. All activities and lessons are directed towards meeting the needs of high ability learners. The theme for this summer is the Rube Goldberg machines.
What should my student bring?
This is a BYOD opportunity. We encourage students to bring their own device (smartphone, Ipad, Tablet, laptop, etc.) for research. Students will also need lunch and 2 snacks.
Are lunch and snacks provided?
No. Students should provide their own food. It is recommended that students bring 2 snacks and a lunch each day. (NO peanut based products allowed.)
Who will be providing the instruction for Cobb’s Summer Enrichment Academy?
All involved staff members are experienced gifted resource (Target) teachers from Cobb County School District who are skilled at providing rigor, challenge, and higher order thinking.
What are the expectations for behavior?
The academy will be a fun experience; however, the main focus is educational. We have high behavioral expectations. Inappropriate behavior will be addressed with a written warning and parent contact. If it continues, the student will be removed from the academy with NO REFUND.
Is before/after care available for Cobb’s summer enrichment academies?
Daily instruction and activities will take place from 8:30 am-3:30 pm each day. Doors will open to accept students at 8:00 am and all students must be picked up by 4:00 pm. There are no additional fees for this service. There will be a late fee of $10 for any student picked up after 4pm.
Is a nurse on staff at the summer enrichment academy?
No. There is no medical staff on hand. If your student is ill, you will be contacted to pick him/her up immediately. Students are responsible for keeping and maintaining any medication they may have.
Who do I contact with additional questions?
Contact the Advanced Learning Programs Department of Cobb County School District at 770-426-3324.
** Your application is accepted when you see the screen thanking you for submitting. NO OTHER notification will be sent at this time.
**Summer Enrichment Academy enrollment is lottery-based.
**Emails will be sent by March 31, 2017 with notification of final acceptance and payment opportunities.
The Application Window is currently closed.
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The Cobb County School District provides services for identified gifted students at all grade levels that are designed to meet the specific academic needs of gifted students. Cobb adheres to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education for identification and service of gifted learners. (Click on Gifted Learner Services above for delivery model information.)
The Gifted Learner Program provides services for identified gifted students at all grade levels. Gifted services are designed to meet the specific academic needs of gifted students by emphasizing the following competencies:
Critical and creative thinking
Higher order reasoning
Extensive and advanced research skills
Advanced and accelerated academics
The requirements for identifying and placing students in the gifted program are governed by Georgia State Department of Education Rule 160-4-2-.38.
Please contact your local school for specific information about available gifted program services.
Gifted Evaluation Process
All gifted assessments in the Cobb County School District adhere to the rules and regulations established by the Georgia Department of Education. There are three steps in the process of identification and placement of students into the gifted program: referral, assessment, and determination of eligibility.
The referral process is the first step of the gifted services eligibility process. A referral may come from teachers, parents, students, or as the result of system wide testing. Referrals are reviewed by each school’s eligibility committee to determine whether further assessment of a student for gifted eligibility is appropriate.
Students are assessed in four areas: mental ability, achievement, creativity, and motivation. Instruments include nationally normed tests, rating scales, and other approved measures. All assessments comply with state rules and regulations. Once assessment is completed, the data is evaluated for determination of eligibility.
Determination of Eligibility
Eligibility may be established in one of two ways:
Option A: The student must meet eligibility requirements in both Mental Abilities and Achievement:
Mental Ability: 99th percentile (K-2) or 96th percentile (3-12) on a standardized test of mental ability – Composite Score only
Achievement: 90th percentile in total battery, total reading, or total math section of a standardized achievement battery
Option B: The student must meet eligibility requirements in three of the four following areas:
Mental Ability: 96th percentile on a standardized test of mental ability –approved component or composite score
Achievement: 90th percentile in total battery, total reading, or total math section of a standardized achievement battery
Creativity: 90th percentile / 90 percent on a creativity assessment or rating scale
Motivation: 90th percentile / 90 percent on a motivation evaluation or rating scale OR for grades 7-12 only, a GPA equivalent to a 3.5 on a 4.0 scale
NOTE: A rating scale can only be used to establish eligibility in one area.
In-State Transfers: Any student who meets the eligibility criteria for gifted education services in Georgia is considered eligible to receive gifted education services in Cobb County upon verification of records.
Out-of-State and Out-of-District Transfers: There is no mandated reciprocity between states for gifted eligibility. Outside data must be considered when determining eligibility but does not automatically supplant school-generated data.
All schools may not offer all options listed below – contact your local school for more information on course offerings and placement requirements.
Resource Class – All students are identified as gifted according to Georgia State Board of Education criteria. Examples: ES Target, MS Resource class, HS gifted electives
Advanced Content / Honors – Students are homogeneously grouped on the basis of academic performance/achievement in a specific academic content area. Classes include gifted and highly-able students who have demonstrated exceptional ability and motivation in a particular content area as determined by criteria.
Elementary Advanced Content courses in reading/ELA and math are available at concept schools for the 2015-16 school year.
Middle and high school advanced content/ honors levels courses are available in core content areas. High school courses taught in the middle schools are also considered AC/ Honors level courses.
High schools may offer honors classes, Advanced Placement/AP classes (9th – 12th grade) and/or International Baccalaureate/IB classes (11th and 12th grade).
Cluster Grouping – Identified gifted students are placed as a group (recommended 6-8 students) to in an otherwise heterogeneous classroom, rather than being dispersed among classes at that grade level.
Collaborative Teaching (K-12) – A maximum of eight identified gifted students are placed as a group into an otherwise heterogeneous classroom. Direct instruction is provided by the students’ regular classroom teacher who collaborates with a designated gifted teacher.
Continuation of Gifted Services
Students identified as gifted shall receive at least five segments per week (or the yearly equivalent) of gifted education services. Cobb County sets continued participation guidelines. Probation allows for students to receive interventions when their performance in any gifted service class falls below continuation criteria. Discontinuation of service occurs when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any gifted service.
Acceptable progress in the gifted resource classroom is defined as maintaining a majority of S’s and P’s each semester. Students must also earn at least one S per standard in 7 out of 10 standards over the course of the year.
Elementary gifted resource students will receive a Target Progress Report provided they are in attendance approximately 65% of the classes offered each semester. Quarterly feedback is provided as needed. At the end of the 4th quarter, student performance for the entire year will be reviewed. The annual review section at the bottom of the progress report will indicate services for the following year. The gifted resource teacher must notify students and their parent/guardian if data indicates probation is a possibility.
Acceptable progress is determined separately for each advanced content area in which a student is served and is defined as:
Maintaining a grade average of 80 or higher in the advanced content class for which gifted service is provided.
Meeting standards on the state required competency test in the content area for which gifted service is provided.
Acceptable progress is determined separately for each advanced content area in which student is served and is defined as:
· Maintaining a semester grade average of 74 or higher in the advanced content class for which gifted service is provided.
Elementary: When the student’s performance does not meet the Cobb County criteria for continued participation, a student may be placed on probation. The student’s probationary status remains in effect for a minimum of 18 weeks for elementary; continuation past 18 weeks requires LEC consultation. Probation may carry over from one grade to the next with the exception of school level changes (elementary resource class to middle school AC course).
Secondary: For middle school, a student’s probationary status remains in effect for a minimum of one semester; continuation past one semester or into the next school year requires LEC consultation. For high school, probation remains in effect until the end of the course. Contact ALP office for guidance as needed.
The Gifted Specialist/ALP Lead should follow these procedures:
Notify the parent and student in writing of probation using the GF7E/M/H.
Complete the Record of Intervention and Support (GF8E/M/H). Communicate with parent(s) and student to review student performance and to revise the intervention plan, if needed.
Monitor student progress, adjust interventions, and update GF8 as needed during the grading period.
Maintain and document adequate communication with parents throughout the intervention process.
At the end of each grading period in which the student is on probation, determine if:
Interventions were successful for two consecutive grading periods, and probation is discontinued;
Probation continues with updated interventions, if necessary (indicate on GF8), or
Services are to be discontinued.
Elementary – Student no longer receives service in resource class (Target).
Middle & High
Student no longer receives service in the advanced content class in which probation occurred OR
Student is no longer enrolled in any advanced content classes; therefore, the student no longer receives any gifted service.
Note for elementary resource model: The LEC may place a student on probation for the following year if the student did not meet standards on a state competency test and the lack of performance can be linked to missed regular education instructional hours while in the gifted resource room. A record of intervention should be completed for any child receiving gifted services who does not meet standards on any portion of the CRCT.
Discontinuation of Gifted Services
Services may be discontinued due to student performance or by parent request.
Due to performance:
All levels: A student’s progress and performance during probation will determine if gifted service is discontinued. There must be documented evidence of an implemented intervention plan.
Elementary School: Gifted service must be discontinued for a minimum of 18 weeks before any reconsideration of service can occur.
Middle School: Discontinuation of service occurs only when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any advanced content class.
High School: Discontinuation of service occurs only when a student no longer demonstrates a need for any advanced content class. Gifted students not receiving gifted service through AP, Honors, gifted resource class, IB, or dual enrollment for more than two consecutive semesters must be discontinued from service.
Parent Request/Voluntary Discontinuation
A parent may request a student be removed from gifted service at any time by providing written notification. Gifted service in elementary resource must be discontinued for a minimum of 18 weeks before any reconsideration of service can occur, barring extenuating circumstances.
Once identified eligible for gifted service in the state of Georgia, students are not required to re-establish gifted eligibility regardless of the length of break in service. All re-entry decisions are made on an individual basis by the Central Eligibility Committee. Local schools may not schedule a student for gifted services until written confirmation is received from the ALP office.
Breaks in service occur when:
A student has been removed from gifted service due to academic performance.
A student has been removed from gifted service due to parent request.
A student has a change in enrollment status (i.e. residence, private school, etc.).
Elementary students served in a resource classroom whose break in service was due to academic performance or parent request may be reconsidered after 18 weeks. Middle and High School students may request re-entry when performance indicates the need for advanced coursework. Students whose break in service was due to an enrollment change may be re-entered immediately. Academic performance during the break in service will be considered in the re-entry decision.
Gifted teachers may offer talent development services at some schools in order to address the needs of high ability learners and provide opportunities for all students to learn to think critically and creatively. Contact your local school for further information.
Elementary students may participate in advanced content classes in English/Language Arts and Math; secondary grade students may enroll in advanced content/honors classes in ELA, Math, Science, Social Studies, and Foreign Language. These courses include more complex subject matter at an accelerated pace. The ALP department works with subject area supervisors to review and revise honors level curriculum. For questions regarding content curriculum, contact the content supervisor. Inquiries regarding qualification and placement for AC/honors courses should be directed to the local school.
The Cobb County School District recognizes that students who demonstrate exceptional potential in a specific area may benefit from a specialized program. Cobb’s magnet programs allow high school students to pursue their interests, develop their talents, and extend their competencies beyond the usual scope of high school.
Parents/Guardians of students who exceed current grade level expectations and standards may apply to have their child considered for whole grade acceleration (grade skipping). Local schools adhere to Cobb’s Board-approved acceleration policy to identify students whose needs cannot be met at their current academic grade level. Contact your local school for further information.
Advanced Placement® (AP®) Programs Advanced Placement (AP®) courses provide high school students a college-level academic experience. The College Board partners with colleges and universities to develop an appropriately challenging curriculum, to create college-level assessments, and to train teachers to deliver instruction that meets college-level standards.
The College Board offers 34 AP courses in English, math, social studies, science, foreign language, technology and fine arts. The scope and variety of courses meet every student’s interests and academic needs.
Cobb county students participate in a variety of Advanced Placement Courses. The following is a sample of AP courses offered in Cobb county schools. Course offerings may vary from school to school.
Click here for a list of study and preparation resources (Georgia Virtual, Khan Academy, EdX, etc.)
Computer Science A
Gov’t & Politics: U.S.
Gov’t & Politics: Comp
Calculus AB & BC
AP exams are scored on a scale of 1 to 5. Many of the nation’s colleges and universities award credit or advanced standing to students scoring 3 or higher on exams. Student should contact specific institutions for details. All Cobb AP students are expected to take the AP exam.
95% of freshman students entering UGA in 2012 took at least one College Board Advanced Placement Course.
Average number of AP/ IB courses taken by students entering UGA: Approximately 6
Most two- and four- year institutions offer credit, advanced placement, and/or consideration in the admission process for qualifying AP Exam scores. In 2011, more than 4,000 U.S. and international colleges and universities received AP Exam scores.
AP examinees, particularly those taking two or three AP Exams, were more likely to attend a four-year institution than non-AP examinees. Chajewski, Mattern, & Shaw (2011).
AP examinees, particularly those taking two or three AP Exams, were more likely to attend a four-year institution than non-AP examinees. Chajewski, Mattern, & Shaw (2011)
AP examinees, particularly those earning course credit or scoring a 3 or higher, attended more selective institutions and had higher college-level GPAs and higher freshman-year retention rates than non-AP examinees. Hargrove, Godin, & Dodd (2008) Murphy & Dodd (2009) Mattern, Shaw, & Xiong (2009)
AP examinees, especially those scoring a 3 or higher, were more likely to graduate from college than non-AP examinees; the finding held across race/ethnicity and income groups. Dougherty, Mellor, & Jian (2006) Hargrove, Godin, & Dodd (2008)
Advanced Placement Links for Parents & Students:
College Board Links
State of Georgia Links
Cobb County AP Data
The Georgia Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) is a four-week summer residential instructional program designed to provide intellectually gifted and artistically talented high school students challenging and enriching educational opportunities not usually available during the regular school year. The state level Governor’s Honors Program (GHP) Interview Event is by invitation only for state semi-finalists. The selection process begins with local school competitions in early fall.
Students interview at the local school level
Selected students interview at the system (county) level
County ‘winners’ complete the state application process
The state selects semi-finalists
Semi-finalists interviewed by state
State names finalists
Cobb’s county level interview process is similar to the state GHP interview system and provides only one date and one format for county level interviews. The date for county level interviews is set several months before county level interviews. The interview process may vary based on the area of major study.
GHP Timeline for 2017-2018
School Based Interview Competition
Academic County Level Interview Competition
CTAE County Level Interviews
Fine Arts County Level Interviews and Auditions
Late January/ Early February: State Level Interviews (Please do not schedule to take the SAT or ACT on the state interview date if there is a possibility you will advance to the state level GHP competition)
Specific information will be sent to each high school once the state releases their timeline.
Please contact your local high school for more information regarding the GHP interview process.
Georgia’s new dual enrollment program allows high school students to earn college credit while working on their high school diploma. This new program makes it easier to take advantage of the available options to enroll in college courses while still in high school. Students must meet the MOWR/dual enrollment admissions requirements set by the participating postsecondary institution they wish to attend. More information is available from the links below and your school guidance counselor.
Dual Credit Parent Flyer
State DOE MOWR Powerpoint
GAtracs (approved high school courses and college course equivalences)
Opening the Door to Opportunity
Do you want to get a head start on college and your career? Georgia’s Move On When Ready (MOWR) dual enrollment program may be the answer for you. MOWR provides students an early start on their college careers by earning college credits while still in high school, and offers challenging academic experiences to qualified students. Opportunities for students include taking one or more courses or even completing an associate’s degree in conjunction with their high school diploma. Courses are available fall, spring, and summer at most post-secondary institutions.
This fall approximately 600 Cobb students are enrolled in college courses through the MOWR program. Students are taking courses on college campuses, online, and on their own high school campus. The ALP department has created a short MOWR informational video. This video is a great way for schools to share information about MOWR with students, parents, and faculty. Watch the video now.
To be eligible for the MOWR program, a student must:
Be enrolled in the ninth, tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade of a private or public high school in Georgia or a home study program within the State of Georgia operated in accordance with O.C.G.A. §20-2-690(c);
Be admitted to an eligible, participating USG, TCSG or Private postsecondary institution as a dual credit enrollment student;
Be enrolled in courses listed in the approved MOWR Course Directory;
Maintain satisfactory academic progress as defined by the eligible postsecondary institution.
Students who meet all eligibility requirements will receive a student-specific award amount to be applied to tuition, mandatory fees and books for up to full time status. Students may attend full (up to 12-15 hours) or part time. The postsecondary institution cannot charge the student any additional tuition or mandatory fee costs for approved MOWR courses. The postsecondary institution must provide the required textbooks for the approved MOWR courses. How the books are provided to the MOWR student is determined by the postsecondary institution. The aid is paid to the postsecondary institution. The award chart for Move On When Ready can be found on the GAfutures.org website.
End Of Course Assessments
According to state rule, high school students participating in Move On When Ready are required to take all appropriate EOCs. EOC scores will be calculated into the final grade posted on the high school transcript. EOC courses include Ninth Grade Literature and Composition, American Literature and Composition, Algebra, Geometry, Physical Science, Biology, United States History, and Economics/Business/Free Enterprise.
Colleges Located in Cobb County
Georgia Military College Online Campus (military participation not required)
Most colleges and universities offer online courses.