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Academy for Pre-Medical Sciences at Edwards Middle School

The purpose of the Academy for Pre-Medical Sciences is to provide students exposure to various careers in the medical field. As students explore various occupations they will receive the training, knowledge, and skills needed to successfully transition into a high school medical program. Integrated into the curriculum is an emphasis on decision making, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and work ethic. Employers look for these soft skills when searching for the best employee to fill a position. The emphasis on developing these skills within the program will result in students prepared for future success in any chosen profession. Students completing the Pre-Medical Sciences program at Edwards Middle School will enter high school with knowledge and skills required for various occupations in the medical field, well-developed academic focus, and essential intangible qualities desired by employers.

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Overview of Programs


The Academy for Pre-Medical Sciences offers students an opportunity to explore various careers in the medical field while acquiring the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully transition into high school medical programs or related fields of study. This introduction to medical sciences at the middle school level allows students to prepare academically for coursework necessary to becoming a health care professional. The early exposure will also aid students in deciding whether to pursue this course of study at the high school level.

Curriculum

Students in the Edwards Middle School Academy for Pre-Medical Sciences will need a strong academic foundation in math and science as the program requires advanced level coursework in these areas. At each grade level students will receive instruction in the foundational areas of Teamwork, Leadership, Healthcare Communications, Safety Practices, and Infection Control. 

Features of the curriculum specific to each grade level are as follows:
Sixth Grade students will explore the fields of Pharmacy, Radiology, Rehabilitation Services, and Dentistry.
Seventh Grade students will explore the fields of Respiratory Therapy, Medical Lab Technology, Biotechnology, and Emergency Services.
Eighth Grade students will explore the fields of Nursing, Medicine, Health Informatics, and Healthcare Pathways.

Students in the program will also benefit from demonstrations, lectures, and visits from health care professionals.

Purpose and Goals

The purpose of the program is to provide students exposure to various careers in the medical field. As students explore various occupations they will receive the training, knowledge, and skills needed to successfully transition into a high school medical program. Integrated into the curriculum is an emphasis on decision making, problem solving, teamwork, communication, and work ethic. Employers look for these soft skills when searching for the best employee to fill a position. The emphasis on developing these skills within the program will result in students prepared for future success in any chosen profession. Students completing the Pre-Medical Sciences program at Edwards Middle School will enter high school with knowledge and skills required for various occupations in the medical field, well-developed academic focus, and essential intangible qualities desired by employers.





Application, Eligibility, and Lottery

RCPS will use an electronic application process for 2017-18 School Choice programs.  
No paper applications will be accepted.  Students may apply for one School Choice program only for the 2017-18 school year.

The application window opens November 28, 2016. Please note: The application deadline has been EXTENDED TO JANUARY 9, 2017, 6 p.m. The online application will be available on the district website at:  rockdaleschools.org/specialtyandchoice

The Student Registration Office at 1143 West Avenue will provide assistance to access the online application if needed, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., on a first come, first served basis.  Only complete applications will be accepted.

Eligibility Criteria
Students must meet standards in ELA, Reading, Math, Science, and Social Studies on the Milestones assessment.
Students must meet
the student registration requirement for Rockdale County Public Schools.
Students and parents must agree to the Choice contract.

Lottery
In the event there are more eligible applicants than space available, students will be selected via a random lottery drawing.  If needed, a lottery will be held in January.





A Message from the Principal

Every Child, Every Day…Whatever It Takes
     We use this mantra to guide the work we do with all of our students. We continue to fine tune our master schedule each year to provide students with multiple opportunities for acceleration, enrichment, and remediation. Our goal is to meet the needs of all students.  The opening of our Academy for Pre-Medical Sciences will provide another opportunity for students to expand their knowledge and personal growth.  
     The faculty and staff at Edwards Middle School work to prepare students for success inside and outside of the classroom. Educating students is the primary function of 
any school. Our approach to preparing students for academic success is to deliver knowledge while helping students develop their ability to acquire knowledge, gain a deep understanding of the knowledge they acquire, and apply that knowledge in real-world problem solving  situations. We also believe that education extends beyond mastery of the state mandated curriculum. Our goal is to meet the academic needs of our students while preparing them for future success. We offer a variety of extracurricular activities covering an array of student interest. Our sports programs focus on developing the tenets of teamwork and discipline while engaged in healthy competition. The arts are well represented at Edwards as evidenced by great performances from our band, chorus, and drama club. We also provide opportunities for students to be involved in academic and mentoring organizations with a strong focus on character building and community service. At Edwards all students are encouraged to pursue their interest and involve themselves in school activities.
     Edwards Middle School is a true learning community focused on collaboration among all stakeholders to ensure that each child has an opportunity to pursue excellence. Middle school is considered by many to be the toughest years to navigate successfully. It is a time of great change emotionally, physically, mentally, and academically for children. We give our best effort to ensure that every child has an opportunity to experience success every day. And we do whatever it takes to provide those opportunities.

Sincerely,
Fred Middleton, Ed.S





EMS Accolades


EMS Chorus
2014-2015:
Six chorus students made All-State.
7th/8th Grade Boys’ Choir- scored a 2 (Excellent) in singing and a 1 (Superior) in Sight reading for LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) statewide evaluation.
7th/8th Grade Girls’ Choir- scored a 1 (Superior) in singing and a 1 (Superior) in Sight reading for LGPE.
The EMS Choir was asked by Mike Dorough  (well-known/accomplished choral director) to perform a song he wrote for LGPE for publication.
2015-2016:
Three chorus students made All-State 7th/8th Grade Boys’ Choir - scored a 1 (Superior) in singing and a 1 (Superior) in Sight reading for LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation) - statewide evaluation
7th/8th Grade Girls’ Choir - scored a 1 
(Superior) in singing and a 2 (Excellent) in Sight reading for LGPE.

EMS Band
2015-2016:
Participated in GMEA’s (Georgia Music Educators Association) LGPE (Large Group Performance Evaluation)

EMS Boys Basketball
2014-2015: New Rock League 2nd Place
2015-2016: New Rock League 2nd Place

EMS Softball
2014-2015: New Rock League 2nd Place

EMS Track & Field
2015-2016: New Rock League (Girls) 2nd Place

EMS Reading Bowl
2014-2015: 1st Place
2015-2016: 2nd Place

EMS Robotics
2014-2015: Mechanical Design Award


Extracurricular Activities


Beta Club
Robotics
Reading Bowl
Math Team
Band
Chorus
Drama
Basketball
Softball
Football
Track
Wrestling
Cheerleading
Dance Team
Girls Empowerment Movement
Leaders of Edwards
Teens for Christ

Additional Academic Programs

Spanish I
Horticulture
AP Prep
Tutorial
Accelerated Math.