The Scholars Academy is an accelerated college preparatory magnet program for highly motivated and goal-oriented students who are interested in pursuing a curriculum that is more rigorous than that found in a traditional middle school or high school program. Since its inception in the fall of 2006 with less than 250 students, the Scholars program has grown to over 600 in enrollment and provides students full access to athletics, band, and other extracurricular activities of the base schools: MacIntyre Park Middle School and Thomasville High School.
Scholars Academy middle school students follow a block schedule consisting of Honors academic classes in every subject area as well as the requirement of a foreign language elective. These classes meet four days a week for 100 minutes and all classes meet one day a week for 50 minutes. If your child qualifies through the application process, he or she will take classes on the Scholars Academy campus that will prepare him or her for Advanced Placement, Honors, and other accelerated classes in high school.
Scholars Academy high school students are offered opportunities to excel in many areas through 21 Advanced Placement offerings: Art History, Studio Art, Biology, Calculus AB, Calculus BC, Human Geography, European History, Computer Science, Music Theory, Statistics, Chemistry, English Literature, English Language, Environmental Science, Government & Politics, Spanish, Latin, Physics, Psychology, U.S. History, and World History. Students are awarded annually as AP Scholars for their individual performance on AP Exams. Currently Thomasville City Schools employs 16 teachers who teach the AP offerings. Scholars Academy students may begin taking AP classes as early as ninth grade to afford students the opportunity to take as many as possible before graduation.
Students who have progressed through the Scholars Academy middle school program will have already taken two years of foreign language and one year of high school science. Some students who began math acceleration as early as elementary school will have already begun high school math credits while in middle school.