Award Year: 2013

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics

311 Aviation Road
Marietta, GA, 30060-2463

(770) 420-0822

Jennifer Hernandez, Principal at time of Nomination

Marietta City Schools

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To provide students an advanced academic experience with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 29%
  • White: 37%
  • Hispanic: 16%
  • Asian: 13%
  • Native American: 1%
  • Two or more races: 4%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Marietta Center for Advanced Academics (MCAA) is an elementary magnet school serving 3rd-5th grade students from across the Marietta School District and is located in the heart of a small urban community. Since MCAA pulls students from all areas of the school district, its student population is a microcosm of the community that it serves creating a widely diverse, majority minority student body.

MCAA is for children with an unquenchable thirst for learning and offers an accelerated curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a one-to-one computing environment. The program emphasizes building the problem solvers of tomorrow while using engineering concepts as the common thread throughout all subjects. Students learn through an interdisciplinary approach in a project based learning environment.

Students master academic goals and problem-solving skills through a blend of creative, hands-on projects and scientific investigation. MCAA students embark on a journey of active learning and experience instruction that provides them with a sense of accomplishment and productivity. The school encourages its students to “learn without limits,” to uphold high standards of academic achievement.

MCAA enjoys a rich history of academic excellence that is the direct result of collegial partnerships between the school staff, parents and community members. Formal partnerships with Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, the United States Navy, the American Society of Civil Engineers, Kennesaw State University, Southern Polytechnic State University, Chattahoochee Technical College and more provide a strong framework for academic enrichment while simultaneously creating support for students to be college and career ready. MCAA was named the first STEM Certified School in the State of Georgia and was recognized as a Georgia School of Excellence in 2010 and 2012.