Public meeting set for new STEM Campus Oct. 12

Community to get look at plans, drawings for education center



NORTH FULTON, Ga. – Parents and prospective students interested in the new science and technology school in Alpharetta are invited to an Oct. 12 community meeting hosted by Fulton County Schools. During the meeting, site plans and building drawings for the innovative campus will be presented.

Scheduled to open in August 2020 the science, technology, engineering, math – or STEM – school will offer a curriculum of college and career-focused pathways in the areas of health science, information technology and engineering.

The meeting is open to the public and will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Milton Center (former Milton High School) in downtown Alpharetta, where the new school will be located.

“At the meeting, leaders from the Operations, Academics, and Curriculum departments will be available to answer questions about the new facility, its academic programs, and the demolition of the existing building,” said Susan Hale, spokesperson for Fulton Schools.

The existing buildings on the site will be torn down to make way for the new campus, but the athletic fields will remain. The new campus will include wings containing each program of study, as well as a separate auditorium for both school and community use.

The buildings will encompass 243,000 square feet, including the auditorium, with a capacity of 1,500 students drawn from the 10 high schools across the system.

The concept behind the STEM school is to offer a nontraditional high school experience that brings the business world into the “classrooms” to help build programs aligned both to student interest and workforce needs.

“The programs will provide students with the necessary tools and resources to make informed decisions about their paths of choice [after high school],” said Hale. “Students will have the opportunity to connect and work within local Atlanta businesses and industries as interns or observers.”

The North Fulton campus will be one of two STEM schools opening in Fulton in the next four years, with a second opening in South Fulton in 2021. Both schools are being funded by proceeds from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax approved by voters in 2016.

While next week’s meeting is primarily intended to give the public a first glimpse of the innovative campus design, presentations will be given by the architect and land planner.

“[We will] receive additional community input, [and] it is common that staff will continue to make minor modifications to the design based upon input through the design process,” Hale said.

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