Students are making an impact locally and their community in a magnet school program specializing in international relations.
When the time came to enter high school, Jack Dobkin chose North Cobb High School for the International Relations curriculum. “I’ve been pretty passionate about issues such as civil rights and the environment, he said. “Social studies was always my best subject.”
“I knew if I wanted to get more serious about school, this was the perfect program for me,” Dobkin said. “I’ve loved learning about how the world works and how people interact with each other.”
The International Studies magnet at the Kennesaw school was created in the mid-2000s and includes almost 500 of the school’s 2800 student body. Along with global connections, students study science, communicative arts, advanced English, and foreign language classes. Other classes include geography, government leadership, world and U.S. history and ecology.
“The goal is to teach them how to make an impact, both locally and beyond,” said program coordinator David Stephenson. “So in their junior year, they have an advanced scientific research class that includes a fully-vetted project on anything from science to humanities with international significance. The program is flexible, so there’s room to create projects that follow their interests. They then present their research publicly during their senior year; that’s the big distinction, since few people graduate with that experience.”