Athens Drive Magnet High School has been a pioneer in Wake County since opening in 1978. Athens has a strong comprehensive curricular program that is tailored to meet the needs of our diverse school population. We are a data driven learning community who focuses on evidenced based strategies for learning and teaching. We offer students support and encouragement as they pursue their academic interests. Our team of dedicated and caring professionals works to strengthen their knowledge base through working in Professional Learning Teams (PLTs) and unique academic and business partnerships. In PLT groups, we design curriculum and discuss the various needs of all students. Through our Pyramid of Intervention, teachers and staff at Athens Drive access a variety of interventions to support students including our SMART lunch Program, which includes tutorial time built into the school day.
The medical sciences and global health initiatives theme will provide a strong research base and prepare our students for future endeavors. Real world examples exist all around us, and we bring real world relevance to the essential standards. For example, students in an English class may research a current issue in medical ethics such as the rights of minors in refusing to donate bone marrow and produce a persuasive essay. Math students may use epidemiological data to draw conclusions about the Zika virus impact. In a social studies classroom, students might compare the impact of the Zika virus to the smallpox epidemic of post Columbian America. An interior design class might research and offer present best practices in healthcare facility design. The theme is experienced in each classroom.
Students may choose to join an academy to experience a deeper dive into a medical or global health career. Our Health Sciences Academy provides students to learn more and experience first hand medical science careers. There are three pathways in our Health Sciences Academy: Medical Sciences option, Emergency Medince option, and our new Animal Sciences option. Students may choose to join the STEM Energy and Sustainability academy, with a focus on STEM-dependent health care fields. Both academies provide unique opportunities to interact with academic and business partners to extend and enrich the classroom instruction.
Aside from academics, Athens Drive Magnet High School offers student opportunities to participate in a thriving arts community, including our award winning band, orchestra, theater arts and chorus programs. Students can also access a wide variety of clubs to serve any interest.