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    Principal - Dr. Douglas Blackwell 
    Assistant Principals - Dr. Toni Collie, Shaykele T. HolseyDr. Kimberly Sheppard
    Administrators - 4   |   Counselors - 2  

    Mission - To offer inspiration through advanced instruction and authentic experiences.
    - To create an environment where our learners grow as individuals while gaining professional expertise and skills.


    401 East Tomlinson Street, McDonough, GA 30253   |   Main# 770.320.7997   |   Fax# 678.610.5853


    *2021-2022 Enrollment

  •  Highlights

    The following school highlights are just a few of the things that make Academy for Advanced Studies an amazing place to learn and grow! These four items should allow you to see the rigorous learning, diverse experiences, and supportive culture that exists in our school. In Henry County Schools, we believe in giving every student a high quality, world-class education and we believe these highlights display our passion and commitment to do just that.

    AAS picStudent Outcomes
    The Academy for Advanced Studies is a place where creativity and innovation merge to create career-focused opportunities for Henry County high school students. Students can choose from over 30 Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education or Fine Arts pathways. AAS also offers a wide range of academics that includes honors level and Advanced Placement courses; students can even take Dual Enrollment courses on our campus.      
    Through Work-Based Learning and collaboration with community business partners, students can view the day-to-day workplace operations and witness business communications in action. The choices that AAS offers provide students the opportunity to verbalize and act upon their individuality as they purposefully explore their chosen career paths.

    AAS picStudent Opportunities
    Student success is fueled by passion and agency at the Academy for Advanced Studies. Henry County students who choose AAS are exercising agency over their education; they are making decisions that motivate them to excel in the classroom and the laboratory. With paired courses, instructors plan and instruct collaboratively to take advantage of the natural connections between their courses so that students begin to understand when and where they will utilize math or science in their futures.
    Rigorous expectations combined with practical application enable students to demonstrate mastery of their learning. The primary focus of instruction at AAS is to ensure that students are gaining applicable experience for their postsecondary lives, whether choosing college, career, or military.

    AAS picClimate and Culture
    Career and Technical Student Organizations (CTSOs) offered at the Academy for Advanced Studies comprise most of our extracurricular activities. While many activities and skills are incorporated daily into routine instruction, students can participate in some activities before or after school, including competitions. In addition to CTSOs, AAS students gain work-based learning experience with catering in the Culinary Arts department, grooming with Barks and Bubbles in the Veterinary Science program, marketing in The Alley school store, and engagement with the community at events such as the Geranium Festival.

    The emphasis is placed on enriching the career-related involvements of our students

    AAS pic Extracurriculars
    When you walk into the Commons at the Academy for Advanced Studies, you will notice the names and mascots for each of the 10 high schools in Henry County Schools. These signs are representative of the camaraderie that exists throughout the building. The students are attentive to their mission – the reason they chose to attend AAS. Inside these walls, the focus is on developing soft skills such as collaboration, communication, and team building. We are a community with a common purpose.
    Therefore, on a given football Friday, you will see a student with a DHS jersey working side-by-side with a student wearing a UGHS jersey. The positive energy in the building is apparent from the moment you enter the doors. 
  •  Opportunities

    The Academy for Advanced Studies is a charter program of choice, providing innovative and flexible learning options for students. We expand the opportunities for students to participate in advanced and unique secondary programs of study, including academic and career/technical/agricultural education (CTAE) coursework not available at other high schools in Henry County. We also offer innovative and relevant CTAE programs and work-based learning opportunities customized to meet the needs of Henry County business and industry. Below you can see the multitude of phenomenal opportunities offered to our students! 

AAS Opportunities