•  Meet the Principal


    Dr. Tricia Patterson earned her Ed.D. in Education Policy and Leadership at The University of Alabama. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Communication from The Ohio State University, a Bachelor of Arts in teaching (K-8) from Otterbein College, a Masters in Education Leadership from Kennesaw State University, and a Specialist in Education Leadership from Berry College. Dr. Patterson is currently a Principal for Marietta City Schools in Cobb County, Georgia. She has been in education for twenty-two years as a teacher, Intervention Specialist, Assistant Principal, and Principal. Her expertise lies in creating an innovative vision, sustaining a positive school culture, and building community and school relationships. Dr. Patterson has presented on STE(A)M implementation and innovation at numerous conferences, including the Georgia STE(A)M Forum. Dr. Patterson has a passion for being on the forefront of STE(A)M education and has served as a Lead Reviewer for COGNIA, (formerly AdvancEd), for STE(A)M reviews in over twenty schools located in Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Maryland. She resides in Marietta, Georgia with her husband, two children (Ella – 16, Cooper - 13), and two rescue Labs (Knox and Faith). 





    Q and A Meetings with Dr. Patterson

    Please join Dr. Patterson for a candid Q & A session on any of the following dates. Zoom links for the meetings will be sent to current families the week before the meetings and are available upon request for others. There are a variety of days to help accommodate schedules. Sessions will be recorded and saved to the Schoology site.

    The next meeting will be on Thursday, December 9 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Follow this Zoom link to join!


    What is MCAA?

    MCAA is a unique elementary (grades 3-5) magnet school in the Marietta City School District. Our students experience an accelerated curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) in a one-to-one computing environment. Our program emphasizes building the problem solvers of tomorrow while using engineering concepts as the common thread throughout all subjects. Students learn through an interdisciplinary approach in a project based learning environment. 

    MCAA is for children with an unquenchable thirst for learning. Our comprehensive and rigorous instructional program is based on the Georgia Standards for Excellence and is connected through integrated, interdisciplinary units of instruction. By using a balance of texts and technological resources, we provide an education that is challenging at higher levels and faster-paced than most traditional elementary learning environments. Our children master academic goals and problem-solving skills through a blend of creative, hands-on projects, and scientific investigation. MCAA students embark on a journey of active learning and experience instruction that provides them with a sense of accomplishment and productivity. As we encourage our students to go “Above the Line” as we uphold high standards of academic achievement

    Marietta Center for Advanced Academics enjoys a rich history of academic excellence that is the direct result of collegial partnerships between the school staff, parents and community members. The school has been recognized numerous years as a National Blue Robbin School, a Georgia School of Excellence, and was the first Georgia State STEM Certified School.  MCAA is also an AdvancEd STEM Certified school and has been a Georgia Platinum Award winner for Student Achievement for numerous years.


    Interested in Applying to MCAA?

    Please refer to the "How to Apply" web page for more information. We hope you enjoy your virtual visit!

    Dr. Tricia Patterson, Principal
    Marietta Center for Advanced Academics