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Excellent January!

posted Jan 29, 2014, 4:10 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Jan 29, 2014, 1:33 PM by Michael Reilly ]
We are so lucky here!  While nothing is ever perfect, and we have our share of improvements to make, but when we stop and reflect it is pretty awesome.  

In the past week:
Yes, a good month for sure.

If you weren't aware, our school is converting to a set of 5 PBL academies next year.  While we do not want to take ownership of these academies, we do feel that our CDAT students have demonstrated some great results from project-based learning to help this decision.  Check out http://www.academiesatlanier.org to see what it's all about.  

For those already involved in CDAT, here's what it means for you:  if your student is going to be in 11th or 12th grade, really nothing.  We have that all set to be the same as this year, emphasizing entrepreneurial efforts and internships. 

If your student is going to be in 10th grade, the State of Georgia mandate for Pathways does apply to them.  Many pathways are very simple:  Advanced Math or Advanced Science require a student to take at least one AP class.  Yup, that's it.   The biggest question our current 9th graders (rising 10th) will face is their Pathway.
We are not going to offer Video Broadcasting and Music Technology Pathways in CDAT, they will be part of the Multimedia and Fine Arts Academy.  That does not mean that CDAT kids won't use cameras or music.  It means that if students want Video Broadcasting 2 and 3, or Advanced Music Tech on their transcripts, they would become part of the Multimedia and Fine Arts Academy.

CDAT is becoming the CDAT-STEM Academy.  Our focus will be less on the entertainment tech, and more on the engineering tech.  Most typically, we see 3D animators, game and robot programmers, mechanics and mechanical engineers, and students who truly enjoy advanced math and sciences. 

We're very excited about the Academies at Lanier, and feel this will allow even more students to discover their passions, which will enhance their entire education.

Now, it's time for me to go enjoy our snow day!
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