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Centennial Academy uses STEAM to create sustainable and equitable, school-based initiatives that integrate the Arts into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. We want our scholars to always be inquirers and change agents of their communities. The Design Thinking Process helps guide our scholars through the problem-solving and learning process, allowing our teachers to become guides and learners themselves. Teachers further challenge scholars to think beyond their first solution and take time to stop and give feedback to others.

Cognia STEAM Certified

Design Thinking Model


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Our STEAM program is driven by the central ideas and lines of inquiry in our projects. Aligned and driven by the Georgia Standards of Excellence, our Project Based Learning, PBL, units are organized in a meaningful and authentic way to spark student inquiry and problem-solving initiatives.

PBL is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.

From its onset, Centennial Academy has relied on its strong network of community partnerships. The Georgia Institute of Technology was the premier education partner in this effort and continues to provide support in STEAM curriculum development, professional development, and student enrichment activities. Other foundational partnerships still in existence include the Georgia Aquarium for enrichment and professional development and High Tech High (HTH) San Diego for project-based learning support and curriculum consultation.

Centennial Academy leverages our community partners who share their expertise and professional practices to produce an “edge of the seat” learning experience for all scholars. Through critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication we are preparing our scholars to be divergent thinkers in the 21st century and beyond.

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In order to support implementation, continuous improvement, and assessment of the quality, rigor, and substance of a STEAM educational program Centennial attained Cognia STEAM Certification. It is a mark of distinction and excellence for schools and programs that meet Cognia's high standards, and provides schools, and programs within schools, a research-based framework and criteria.

Centennial Academy demonstrates commitment to exceptional practice in several areas of the Cognia STEAM framework. School leaders have developed a learning environment where authentic inquiry-based learning experiences are designed to cater to the needs of all scholars. The school has developed partnerships to support STEAM learning, as well as support scholar-preparedness for the next level of learning and beyond.