Hampton Roads

Virginia Beach Public Schools

Enrollment for the Virginia Beach academy programs is based on a student’s application, normally due by Feb. 1 of the school year. The individual applications may vary depending on the particular academy. Applications are available from guidance counselors, gifted resource teachers or online. Students and parents can visit the academies and participate in open houses, or call the academy coordinator at the school for more information.

• Global Studies & World Languages Academy - Tallwood High

• Health Sciences Academy - Bayside High School

• Legal Studies Academy - First Colonial High School

• Governor’s STEM & Technology Academy - Landstown High

• Visual and Performing Arts Academy - Salem High School

• The Mathematics and Science Academy - Ocean Lakes High School

• NEW Green Run Collegiate - Green Run High School A public charter school that prepares students for college and is free. For more information about Green Run Collegiate, visit www.greenruncollegiate.com.

Norfolk Public Schools

• Academy of Visual and Performing Arts Booker T. Washington; Contact sroundtr@nps.k12.va.us

• International Baccalaureate Program - Granby High School; Contact rgardner@nps.k12.va.us

• French American School - Granby High School; Contact kvoang@nps.k12.va.us

• Academy of Leadership and Military Sciences - Lake Taylor High School; Contact 892-3200, ext. 3102.

• Medical and Health Specialties - Maury High School; Contact 628-3358.

• Leadership Center for Science and Engineering (STEM) - Norview High School

Chesapeake Public Schools

• International Baccalaureate Program - Oscar F. Smith High; Interested eighth graders in Chesapeake apply first for the grade 9-10 Pre-IB Academy at Oscar Smith. Students who reside outside the Oscar Smith school zone are bused to the school for all instruction in Grades 9-12. For information, call 548-3286.

• Governor’s STEM Academy - Grassfield High School; Admission to the program is through an application process. Applications are due Jan. 15 of each school year. More information at http://www.cpschools.com/Schools/GFH/STEM_ Academy.htm.

• Chesapeake Center for Science and Technology – 1617 Cedar Road; Open to students from any of seven Chesapeake High Schools and bus transportation is provided to morning or afternoon. See guidance counselor to apply.

• Science and Medicine Academy – Deep Creek High; Contact 487-7425; Requires additional science test, teacher recommendations, application; see your guidance counselor to apply.

Portsmouth Public Schools

• The Visual and Performing Arts Center for Excellence – Churchland High; Students may apply to enter the program at grades 9 -12. Contact guidance counselor for information.

• First College Courses program – Taught at Tidewater Community College (TCC); Partnership between Portsmouth Public Schools and TCC for high school seniors who have passed dual enrollment classes, and have completed all requirements for graduation, to enroll as full-time college students at TCC during the second semester. Contact the guidance counselor for information.

Suffolk Public Schools

• International Baccalaureate Diploma Program – Kings Fork High School; contact guidance counselors or Carol Kennedy-Dickens, IB coordinator by emailing carkennedy-dickens@spsk12.net.

• Pruden Center for Industry and Technology, 4169 Pruden Blvd. Open to students at Lakeland, Nansemond River, King’s Fork, Smithfield, or Windsor High Schools. Contact guidance counselors to apply.

Hampton Public Schools

• International Baccalaureate Program Hampton High School; Students may apply for openings until the first semester of the junior year. Ninth and tenth graders who want advance preparation for the two-year diploma program can apply to the pre-diploma program beginning in the 8th grade. Transportation is provided to and from school. For more information, visit http://goo.gl/xw8Toq.

• Health & Medical Sciences Academy – Bethel High School; Applications are due by March 1 of each year for the fall semester and can be downloaded at http://goo.gl/rOyQtb.

• Center for High Technology – Phoebus High School; Center for High Technology has three areas of focus: Governor’s Academy for Innovation Technology, and Engineering (GAiTE); Robotics and Automated Manufacturing Systems; and High Tech Graphics. For more information, call 727-1000.

• Culinary Arts Program – Phoebus High School; Students develop chef skills, restaurant management skills, earn industry credentials and gain experience in the two-year culinary program operated right in the school restaurant, the Blue Phantom Inn. For more, call 727-1030.

Newport News Public Schools

• NEW Governor’s Health Sciences Academy – Warwick High School and Bruton High School; Newport News Public Schools and the York County School Division are partnering for the program, to begin in September with two health science career pathways offered -- Support Services and Therapeutic Services. Career pathways will be added for a total of five focus areas for the 2015-16 academic year.

• Aviation Academy – Newport News/ Williamsburg Airport – More information at 886-2745 or email aaron.smith@nn.k12.va.us

• Center for the Arts & Communication – Woodside High School, More info at 886-7530 or boyles@nn.k12.va.us

• University Magnet – Heritage High School, More information at 928-6100 or gwendolyn.sifen@nn.k12.va.us

• Governor’s STEM Academy – Heritage High School, More information at toinette.outland@nn.k12.va.us

• International Baccalaureate Diploma Program – Warwick High School, More information at 591-4700 or patty.chaney@nn.k12.va.us


Governor’s School for the Arts

A regional school for gifted students in the arts and has a maximum enrollment of 345 students in programs of visual art, dance, instrumental music, vocal music, performing arts, and theater. Students from Chesapeake, Franklin, Isle of Wight County, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Southampton County, Suffolk, and Virginia Beach are eligible to attend. Auditions are held in January and March, later if needed. Applications available from each high school guidance department and should be sent directly to The Governor’s School for the Arts.


Peninsula/Greater Peninsula

STEM Academy

Greater Peninsula Governor’s STEM Academy (GPGSA) provides career pathways in engineering, technology and information technology. GPGSA is a regional academy designed to focus on advanced academic and technical skills in each of the six Greater Peninsula school divisions. GPGSA involves partners from education, business, postsecondary education and non-profit organizations. The point of contact is David Creamer at (757) 766-1100 ext. 3305, dave.creamer@nhrec.org.

Governor’s School for Science & Technology

The Governor’s School for Science & Technology provides a cohesive, innovative science and mathematics program which embraces quality programming standards for gifted students recommended by the Virginia Department of Education and the National Association for Gifted Children, prepares students for acceptance into top universities, provides a cohesive sequence of courses in science, research and mathematics; provides opportunities for social peer interaction, as well as career and college guidance; and provides leadership education and opportunities throughout the program. An online application is available for 10th graders at http://nhrec.us/apply.

Career and Technical Education Center

The Career and Technical Education Center (CTEC) currently provides career and technical education services to more than 920 high school juniors and seniors in 23 career and technical programs in Virginia Peninsula high schools. The center is located on two campuses at Butler Farm Road in Hampton and Woodside Lane in Newport News. CTEC also offers an array of transition services to meet the needs of mostly special education students who will be transitioning into the workforce or into community agencies after high school. Among the many programs offered are automotive technology, auto body repair, cosmetology, dental assistant, veterinary assistant, nursing assistant, pharmacy technician, criminal justice/law enforcement, electricity and renewable Energy, early childhood education.Course admission is subject to the policies of each school division and space availability in the class. Applications can be submitted through their high school counselors or online at http://tinyurl.com/k5xgova. Application deadline is generally April 1 of the school year prior to which a student desires entry.

Center for Autism

The Center for Autism provides quality programming for students with Autism in a highly-structured and supportive educational environment; caring staff trained to meet the unique needs of students with Autism; individualized education plans to address communication skills, functional academics, Virginia SOLs, positive behavior management, and social skills development based on student needs; and appropriate services to insure student success in the least restrictive environment. For more information, visit http://tinyurl.com/kwymtnb.

Newport Academy

The Newport Academy provides quality programming for students with emotional disabilities with a highly structured and supportive educational environment; caring staff trained to meet the unique needs of students with emotional disabilities; individualized education plans to address Virginia SOLs,functional academics, positive behavior management, and social skills development based on student needs; and appropriate services to insure student success in the least restrictive environment. To be considered for placement in the program, students must be identified for educational purposes as seriously emotionally disturbed and be referred by one of the member school divisions through the I.E.P. process. For more information, visit http://www.nhgs.tec.va.us/newportacademy.

The International Baccalaureate Diploma Program

In the York County School Division, the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) is offered at York High School. Admission to the York High School Pre-Diploma program (grades 9 & 10) and the IB Diploma Programme (grades 11 & 12) is by application. The pre-diploma program prepares students for participation in the IB Diploma Programme. All DP courses are taught by instructors trained in IB instruction at workshops conducted by the International Baccalaureate Organization and are designed to develop strong writing, time management and critical/higher-order thinking skills in students. The point of contact is Matt Ellis, International Baccalaureate at mellis1@ycsd.york.va.us. Complete information is available by visiting http://tinyurl.com/lgdlbow.