By: Staff Reports | Gwinnett Citizen

Peachtree Ridge HS is first in state to earn STEM certification 

Peachtree Ridge High School (PRHS) is the first high school in Georgia to be awarded an AdvancED Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Certification.

This achievement is a mark of STEM distinction and excellence only offered to highly effective institutions that prioritize STEM education as a path to success.

AdvancED STEM Certification is the first internationally recognized mark of quality for STEM schools and programs that elevates the importance and awareness of quality in STEM qualification. Certification involves a rigorous evaluation and continuous improvement process, supported by the use of research-based tools and resources to help schools surpass goals and expectations for their STEM programs.

“We are proud to be one of the first AdvancED STEM Certified Schools. This certification exhibits Peachtree Ridge High School’s commitment to addressing workforce needs by preparing our students with the relevant skills and experiences to succeed while demonstrating to the private-sector that we are committed to driving higher levels of student achievement for their STEM pipeline,” said Dr. Jeff Mathews, principal of Peachtree Ridge. “STEM certification will continue to uphold our schools to high standards while providing a clear roadmap for us to continuously improve our STEM disciplines and standards.”

Peachtree Ridge offers an accelerated Math/ Science STEM Program to STEM-focused students. The school’s STEM Program is on track to increase more than 169% next year. The expanded STEM program, known as SPIRE (STEM Program for Innovation Rigor Excellence), continues to focus on creating a community of thinkers where the emphasis is on rigor, relevance, and 21st century skills. Students are encouraged to take risks and become critical thinkers and problem solvers as they apply their learning in a real-world context. The Peachtree Ridge High School SPIRE program utilizes an innovative, integrated, project-based, and technology-enhanced instruction to prepare students for success in a dynamic global environment.

About AdvancED
AdvancED is the world leader in providing improvement and accreditation services to education providers of all types in their pursuit of excellence in serving students. AdvancED serves as a trusted partner to more than 32,000 schools and school systems—enrolling more than 20 million students—across the United States and 70 countries.  

To learn more about the AdvancED STEM Certification, contact Dr. Vicki Denmark, Vice President of Education Innovation at vdenmark@advanc-ed.org. For more background on AdvancED’s products and services that support institutions in their school improvement efforts visit www.advanc-ed.org.