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Our History

History of the Georgia academy

The Georgia Academy of Mathematics, Engineering and Science (formerly known as GAMES) was established in the fall of 1997 and enrolled 28 students.

The establishment of GAMES stemmed from both national and state concerns about anticipated shortages of students sufficiently prepared in areas of mathematics and science. This national concern caused several states to create high school-based programs that would attract students to the fields of mathematics and science. As part of the Quality Basic Education Act of 1986, Governor Joe Frank Harris called for high school programs geared toward mathematics and natural sciences in the State of Georgia.

Dr. Joe Ben Welch, Middle Georgia College President from 1989 to 1998, and administrators had a broader vision to establish an academy that offered students the advantage of receiving both an associate degree and a high school diploma simultaneously. As a result, a proposal to create a program at Middle Georgia State University for students gifted in areas of mathematics and science was drafted and presented to the Board of Regents, and approval for the program was granted in 1996.

Georgia Academy Today

The Georgia Academy resides on the campus of Middle Georgia State University in Cochran, Georgia. Cochran is located in the geographic center of the state. Middle George State University is a member of the University System of Georgia and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

The purpose of the Academy is to provide an academically enriched residential environment for top-performing high school juniors and seniors seeking to enhance and accelerate their education by simultaneously earning their high school diploma and associate degree.

The curriculum of an Academy student will satisfy both high school and MGA graduation requirements simultaneously. Because graduation from high school is a priority, we work closely with high school counselors to ensure that students take the appropriate classes needed to satisfy both state and local requirements for high school graduation.

Academy students have their own Academic Advisor who provides academic enrichment and counseling and works with students to find the appropriate assistance needed in the event that the student begins to struggle academically. Additionally, the Academy Academic Advisor serves as the faculty advisor for student registration each term and the liaison between MGA and other institutions if a student chooses to participate in an undergraduate research program elsewhere.

Students reside in Anderson Hall in suite-style housing with an en-suite bathroom. There are four students assigned to each suite. Due to the age of Academy students, there are rules in place for their safety.

The Academy students have access to Welch Hall, the academic and social hub of the Academy. On the academic side, Welch Hall offers study rooms, a computer lab, and a quiet area conducive for reading or studying. The social side of Welch offers gaming tables, a video room, a TV lounge, and a drop-down projector with surround sound for that "at the movies" experience.

The Academy students may participate in any collegiate club or organization and Academy students have their own Student Life Coordinator who advises clubs, plans on-campus activities and offers off-campus trips strictly for Academy students.

While most students remain in-state to attend the fine institutions in Georgia and take advantage of HOPE, some students choose to transfer to prestigious institutions around the United States. The top two transfer institutions are the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and the University of Georgia (UGA).