Table of Contents - High School Course Catalog

Advanced Placement Scholars Program (APS)

Program Locations

Patriot High School

Woodbridge High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The AP Scholars Program is a four-year college preparatory program providing students with an educational foundation of critical thinking and analytical skills as well as the improvement of written, oral, and presentation skills. By participating in Advanced Placement courses based on AP curricula outlined by the College Board, students in the AP Scholars Program are given unique opportunities to analyze data, synthesize information from multiple sources and points of view, problem solve for real-life situations, work both independently and collaboratively, and communicate effectively in multiple formats. Students may also earn college credit for qualifying scores on AP exams (college credit for AP scores varies by college/university and by subject).

Program Requirements

Students must meet the minimum participation criteria as follows:

  • 9th grade- Enroll in two or more advanced courses and complete the year with a ‘C’ or better in all courses.
  • 10th grade- Enroll in any combination of two or more advanced or AP courses and complete the year with a ‘C’ or better in all courses.
  • 11th grade- Enroll in two or more AP courses and complete the year with a ‘C’ or better in all courses.
  • 12th grade- Enroll in two or more AP courses and complete the year with a ‘C’ or better in all courses.
  1. Participants must complete at least two advanced courses and five AP courses overall prior to graduation (Note: This change from four to five AP courses overall is effective with the Class of 2024 and beyond).
  2. Participants must maintain a 70% (C) average in all coursework to remain eligible to stay in the program.
  3. Participants must complete 60 community service hours prior to graduation; 15 hours per year is recommended.
  4. Participants must complete a final portfolio (Note the final projects in Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Engineering Design and Development and AP Capstone (Seminar and Research) fulfill a component of the final portfolio).
  5. Participants must abide by the rules and guidelines of appropriate behavior as outlined in the Prince William County “Code of Behavior” and the school’s student handbook. Failure to abide by these guidelines could result in removal from the program.

Any student who has below 70% (C) in any class at the end of the first semester will be placed on probationary status. If the grade does not increase to 70% or higher by year-end, the student may be dismissed from the program. If a student is attending Patriot HS or Woodbridge HS as a transfer student, their transfer status will be rescinded and the student will enroll at their base school the following school year.

All AP courses require students to sit for external examinations administered by the College Board.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Program Requirements

Advanced Coursework Options

Students must complete two advanced courses and five AP courses by graduation. A Dual Enrollment class may be used to replace one AP course. The courses listed below may vary based on student enrollment and interest.

9

Enroll in at least two advanced Courses

  • Advanced Algebra I
  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced Earth Science
  • Advanced English 9
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Advanced World History I
  • AP Computer Science Principles

10

Enroll in any combination of two or more advanced or AP courses

  • Advanced Algebra II
  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced Earth Science
  • Advanced English 10
  • Advanced Geometry
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP World History

11

Enroll in two or more AP courses

Complete the year with a ‘C’ or better in all courses

  • AP 2D/3D Art & Design
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB or BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Drawing
  • AP English Lang & Comp 11
  • AP English Lit & Comp 11
  • AP Environmental Sciences
  • AP European History
  • AP French Lang & Culture
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Spanish Lang & Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US History
  • DE English College Comp 11
  • DE US VA History
  • Pre-Calculus for Calc AB/BC

12

Enroll in two or more AP courses

Complete the year with a ‘C’ or better in all courses

  • AP 2D/3D Art & Design
  • AP Art History
  • AP Biology
  • AP Calculus AB or BC
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Drawing
  • AP English Lang & Comp 11
  • AP English Lit & Comp 11
  • AP Environmental Sciences
  • AP European History
  • AP French Lang & Culture
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Macroeconomics
  • AP Music Theory
  • AP Physics 1
  • AP Physics C: Mechanics
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Spanish Lang & Culture
  • AP Statistics
  • AP US History
  • DE English College Comp 11
  • DE US VA Government
  • Pre-Calculus for Calc AB/BC

Agriculture/Horticulture

Program Location

Brentsville High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The Agriculture/Horticulture program employs a hands-on curriculum encouraging student development in the knowledge, skills, habits, and attitudes necessary for entry-level employment and advancement in areas such as greenhouse and nursery production, landscape design, and turf management. Students receive instruction in leadership development and are provided many leadership opportunities through Future Farmers Association, the associated Career and Technical Education student organization.

Grade

Course

9

Horticulture Sciences

10

Turf Grass Establishment and Maintenance

11

Landscaping I

12

Landscaping II

Automotive Technology

Program Locations

Hylton High School

Osbourn Park High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Automotive Technology is a National Automotive Technicians Foundation (NATEF) accredited program of study taught by an Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) certified auto technician that prepares graduates for ASE exams. The Automotive Technology program's mission is to assist the student in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and attributes that enable success as an entry-level worker in the field of automotive technology as well as pursuing a career in a related occupational field.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

CTE Elective

10th

Automotive Technology I

11th

Automotive Technology II

12th

Automotive Technology III

Aviation Maintenance

Program Locations

Unity Reed High School

Woodbridge High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Students will work with airframe and control surfaces, power plants, and basic aviation electricity, and perform ground operations and servicing procedures, as specified by Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements. Students will also practice lab and tool safety, apply science and mathematics principles to aviation maintenance tasks, and research and use maintenance publications, forms, and records.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9

Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)

10

Digital Electronics (PLTW)

11

Aviation Maintenance Technology I

12

Aviation Maintenance II

Biomedical Science

Program Locations

Gainesville High School, Pathway to Global Citizenship: Health and Biomedical Sciences

Osbourn Park High School, Biomedical Science (Project Lead the Way)

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The rigorous and relevant four-course Project Lead the Way (PLTW) Biomedical Science sequence allows students to investigate the roles of biomedical professionals as they study the concepts of human medicine, physiology, genetics, microbiology, and public health. Students experience engaging activities such as a fictional death investigation to learn content in the context of real-world cases. They examine the structures and interactions of human body systems and explore the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of disease, all while working collaboratively to understand and design solutions to the most pressing health challenges of today and the future.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9

Principles of Biomedical Science

10

Human Body Systems

11

Medical Interventions

12

Biomedical Innovation

Building Trades

Program Locations

Gainesville High School, Pathway to Global Citizenship: Engineering, Design, and Construction

Patriot High School, Building Trades

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Building Trades introduces students to skills in the four core areas of residential construction: masonry, carpentry, electricity, and plumbing. Students emphasize safety by earning the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) 10 card as they build or repair residential structures, using a variety of materials and tools. Students will also learn current residential building codes associated with building trades.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9

Technical Drawing or Introduction to Engineering Design

10

Construction Technologies

11

Building Trades I

12

Building Trades II

Cabinetmaking

Program Location

Hylton High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Students learn employability skills alongside workshop and tool safety as they practice reading blueprints; estimating and selecting materials; cutting and shaping stock; assembling, fastening, and installing components; and finishing surfaces. The technical, problem-solving, leadership, and creative skills learned in Cabinetmaking are relevant in industries beyond the construction trades and professions, and help prepare the student for lifelong learning and success.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9

Technical Drawing

10

Construction Technology

11

Cabinetmaking I

12

Cabinetmaking II

Cambridge

Program Locations

Brentsville District High School

Potomac High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The Cambridge Programme offers an international, pre-university curriculum and examination system that emphasizes the value of a broad and balanced education for academically able students. The Cambridge curriculum encourages the development of oral and practical skills, an investigative approach, the use of initiative to solve problems, the application of skills, knowledge, and understanding, and the ability to undertake individual projects and work as part of a team. A range of assessment tools are used. Emphasis is placed on the use of externally marked examination papers by the University of Cambridge International Examinations and on compulsory practical work where appropriate. An important principle of this examination system is that students are rewarded for positive achievement – what they know, understand, and can do – rather than being penalized for an accumulation of errors.

Program Requirements

The International General Certificate of Secondary (IGCSE) is a two-year curriculum that provides strong preparation for higher-level courses. These courses are generally appropriate for grade 9 and 10 students. For most of the IGCSE courses, students are required to sit for external examinations administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations. Upon successful completion, students will receive individual subject certificates.

The Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) Diploma is a two-year curriculum designed to build on IGCSE qualifications that may lead to college credit(s). These courses are appropriate for grade 11 and 12 students. The AICE course of study aims to provide a broad and international pre-university curriculum, equip students to cope successfully with the demands of higher education, provide a professional assessment of student performance on internationally recognized standards of achievement, increase appreciation of world cultures, and create positive learning experiences for students. AICE subjects can be taken in two ways: as individual subject examinations or as qualifications towards the AICE Diploma.

The AICE Diploma requires a minimum of seven AICE courses to include AS Level Global Perspectives and Research. Learners may select courses from subject Groups 1, 2, 3, and 4 to be awarded the AICE Diploma. Learners must achieve at least one credit from each of Groups 1, 2, and 3. A maximum of two credits may be gained from Group 4. Students who meet the requirements of this group award will receive an AICE Diploma at one of three levels: Pass, Merit or Distinction.

All AICE courses require students to sit for external examinations administered by the University of Cambridge International Examinations.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Cambridge Certificate

AICE Diploma

Students who participate in the Cambridge program must take at least one Cambridge course each year. Students may choose from any available Cambridge course and should work with their counselor to select courses.

To earn the AICE Diploma, students must have a qualifying score from Global Perspectives along with six additional tests. At least one credit must come from each of the groups below. A maximum of two credits can count from Group 4.

Group 1

Math & Science

Group 2

Languages

Group 3

Arts & Humanities

Group 4

Interdisciplinary Subjects

9

Cambridge course of your choosing

Cambridge course of your choosing

10

Cambridge course of your choosing

World History AS

11

Cambridge course of your choosing

Global Perspectives AS/A

  • Biology AS
  • Biology A
  • Math AS
  • Math A
  • Physics AS
  • Physics A
  • Environmental Science AS
  • Psychology AS
  • English Language AS
  • French Language AS
  • Spanish Language AS
  • English Literature AS
  • US History AS
  • Economics AS
  • Psychology AS
  • Arts AS
  • Art and Design AS
  • Sociology AS
  • Classical Studies AS
  • English General Paper AS
  • Thinking Skills AS
  • Thinking Skills A

12

Cambridge course of your choosing

Center for Biotechnology and Engineering

Program Location

Osbourn Park High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The Center for Biotechnology and Engineering is a four-year program of study for students interested in health sciences, engineering, and related fields. This program emphasizes the broad understanding of theory and the application of science, math, and engineering to real-world issues. It provides students with opportunities to pursue authentic and meaningful, hands-on research projects. The Center for Biotechnology and Engineering provides students with a rich environment of integrated humanities and the opportunity to enroll in a variety of Advanced Placement (AP) science courses.

Key elements of the Center for Biotechnology and Engineering include:

  • Specialized science courses in Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, and Physics
  • Integrated social studies and language arts classes in grades 9 and 10, designed to help students examine how history, literature, art, architecture, music, and philosophy are influenced by science
  • Biotechnology or Engineering strands in grades 11 and 12 to complete the program
  • Variety of science, math, and engineering choices that include high-interest classes
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses in Biology, Calculus (AB and BC), Capstone (Seminar and Research) Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Science, Physics, and Statistics
  • Science and engineering-related extracurricular and co-curricular community activities and partnerships

Program Requirements

Students must be enrolled in at least one Center for Biotechnology and Engineering class each year to remain in the program. Students participating in the program are required to earn year-end grades of ‘C’ or better in their core subject areas (language arts, social studies, math, and science) to maintain good standing in the program. In order to receive the Center for Biotechnology and Engineering certificate, students must complete at least seven year-long science, math, and engineering classes with a grade of ‘C’ or better in each. These classes must include Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, Physics, and at least two Advanced Placement (AP) science classes for the Biotechnology strand. For the Engineering strand, these classes must include Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, two Engineering courses, and four AP science and math courses. Students are required to complete and document 100 hours that represent an array of extra and co-curricular efforts that support the program goals and relate to their sub-discipline areas of interest.

The following schematic reflects sample frameworks for a Center for Biotechnology and Engineering four-year course of study. Students may also earn college credit for qualifying scores on AP exams (college credit for AP scores varies by college/university and by subject).

Biotechnology and Engineering students are required to complete:

  • Advanced Studies Diploma to include study in three or more science disciplines
  • Required courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better
  • Specified amount of Advanced Placement coursework based on selected Pathway
  • 100 documented hours of extracurricular activities that correspond to the goals and objectives of the Center for Biotechnology and Engineering program.

9

Required for both pathways:

  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced English 9
  • Advanced World History I

Suggested for both pathways:

  • Health/PE
  • Math
  • World Language

10

Required for both pathways:

  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Advanced English 10

 

Suggested for both pathways:

  • AP World History
  • Health/PE
  • Math
  • World Language

 

Biotechnology Pathway

Students must complete a total of seven science courses, with two of those courses being at the AP level

Engineering Pathway

Students must be in good standing in the Biotechnology or Pre-Governor’s School program, be enrolled in Algebra II or higher math class, and have completed their first 50 Biotechnology service hours. Students will study six courses that support the accelerated study of math and science while introducing principles of engineering

11

and

12

Math Requirement:

  • Algebra II

Science Electives:

  • Bio II: Forensics and Microbiology
  • Bio II: Introduction to DNA and Biotechnology
  • Chemistry II: Organic Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Engineering Exploration/Robotics
  • Genetics
  • Geology
  • Oceanography
  • PLTW Biomedical Science Courses
  • PLTW Engineering Courses
  • Scientific Illustration

Required Courses:

  • AP Calculus (AB or BC)
  • AP Physics (I, II, or C)
  • AP Science Elective (Environmental, Chemistry, Biology)

One AP Elective:

  • AP Capstone (Seminar)
  • AP Computer Science
  • AP Statistics

Two Engineering Electives:

  • Architectural Drawing
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Engineering Explorations
  • PLTW Civil Engineering & Architecture
  • PLTW Digital Electronics
  • PLTW Engineering Design & Development
  • PLTW Intro to Engineering Design
  • PLTW Principles of Engineering
  • Technical Drawing

Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences

Program Location

Freedom High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences (CENS) specialty at Freedom High School offers a rigorous four-year program of studies designed to include strong laboratory and field investigation components. The mission of CENS is to promote environmental citizenship and a sustainable community through challenging, hands-on collaborative learning experiences that promote innovative thinking, problem-solving, and leadership within our school and community. Freedom High School aims to create a sustainable society of students that embodies respect and care for the community of life and ecological integrity.

The program emphasizes interactive science research and projects that make use of the on-site CENS lab, greenhouse, aquarium, diverse habitats, and wet pond. Students participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities, including community service, and become involved with business and community partnerships that enhance their understanding of environmental and natural sciences.

Students in the CENS program may choose one of the following pathways: Environmental Engineering, Environmental Science, or Law and Public Safety.

Specialized components of the Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences program include:

  • Advanced science courses in Earth science, biology, chemistry, physics, ecology, and environmental science;
  • Integrated advanced/AP social studies and language arts classes during grades 9 and 10 which provide interdisciplinary lessons and projects that examine history, literature, art, architecture, music, and philosophy and the influences of science and technology on each;
  • Advanced Placement (AP) courses in biology, chemistry, environmental science, physics, English, social studies, and world languages that provide the opportunity to earn college credits while still in high school;
  • On-site greenhouse, aquarium, wet pond, native habitat trail, mobile computer lab, and environmental and natural sciences lab; and
  • Science-related extracurricular and co-curricular community activities, as well as partnerships with businesses and academia.

Program Requirements

CENS MEDAL: Environmental Science Program of Study

  • Six CENS Classes: Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, AP Biology (or DE Biology I), AP Environmental Science, and two CENS electives.
  • CENS students must complete a research project that will be presented as a seminar requirement in grades 11 or 12.
  • 80 hours of community service.

CENS MERIT: Environmental Science Program of Study

  • Five CENS classes: Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, AP Biology (or DE Biology I), AP Environmental Science, and one CENS elective.
  • 60 hours of community service.

CENS CERTIFICATE: Environmental Engineering Program of Study

  • Four CENS Classes: Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, and two CENS electives.
  • 40 hours of community service.

CENS PATHWAY: Environmental Engineering Program of Study

  • Three science courses and one CENS elective.

*All CENS students must maintain a ‘C’ average in their core subject areas (language arts, social studies, math, and science) and be enrolled in at least one CENS class each year. The CENS core classes include Advanced Biology, Advanced Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, AP Biology, and DE Biology. CENS electives include all AP science classes, all DE science classes, Ecology, Advanced Earth Science, Forensics, Astronomy, Oceanography, and Physics.

Program Sequencing

The following are sample sequences for a four-year course of study in the Center for Environmental & Natural Sciences Program.

Environmental Science

Environmental Engineering

9

CENS Merit

CENS Medal

CENS Pathway

CENS Certificate

Advanced Biology

Advanced Biology

Biology I

and

Introduction to Engineering (PLTW)

Advanced Biology

and

Introduction to Engineering (PLTW)

10

Advanced Chemistry

 

Advanced Chemistry

Advanced Earth Science

and

Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW)

Advanced Chemistry

and

Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW)

11

AP Biology

(or DE Biology I)

AP Biology

(or DE Biology I)

and

one CENS elective

CENS Electives for CENS Merit and Medal Candidates

  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • Biology DE I
  • Biology DE II
  • Biology II: Ecology
  • Chemistry II: Forensic Science
  • Oceanography

Chemistry & Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

 

CENS Electives for CENS Certificate Candidates (must take two during grades 11 and 12)

  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • Biology DE I
  • Biology DE II
  • Biology II: Ecology
  • Biology II: Survey
  • Chemistry II: Forensic Science
  • Oceanography

Additional Electives:

  • Probability and Statistics
  • AP Statistics

 

12

 

AP Environmental Science

and

one CENS elective

AP Environmental Science

and

one CENS elective

Engineering Design and Development (PLTW)

Engineering Design and Development (PLTW)

Additional Requirements:

80 hours of Community Service

Additional Requirements:

40 hours of Community Service

Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Program Location

Colgan High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) program encourages and develops creativity, self-expression, academic achievement, and critical thinking in young artists. Upon graduation, students will master learning that broadens the artist and promote respect for cultural diversity. As a result of the training received in the CFPA program, students will have the skills necessary to be successful in a college/university arts program and to become active consumers, strong advocates, and valued participants in the larger arts community.

Students may audition to participate in one of nine concentrations: Band, Creative Writing, Dance, Music Technology, Orchestra, Piano, Theatre, Visual Arts, and Vocal Studies. Visiting artists, professional master classes, and concert and gallery visits enhance the Arts curriculum. In grades 9 and 10, CFPA students will be grouped together in English class to support an interdisciplinary approach. The Colgan High School faculty seeks to maintain a nurturing environment that supports experimentation and self-assessment. To this end, we encourage both individual and group activities that sustain the contribution of the arts to the human spirit.

The goals of the CFPA Program are to:

  • Provide opportunities for arts-integrated learning.
  • Encourage critical thinking through complex problem-solving.
  • Promote a supportive atmosphere conducive to artistic expression.
  • Provide cultural enrichment activities.
  • Prepare students for entry into college or university arts programs and careers.
  • Offer quality curriculum and instruction which promotes the development of the complete student.
  • Encourage partnerships with local artists and arts organizations.

Program Requirements

Students enrolled in the CFPA program must:

  • Completion of five credits (six credits for band students) in the chosen arts concentration (four credits for those entering as a sophomore)
  • Participation in four Master Classes each year (two must be in their concentration area, and two can be in another concentration of interest)
  • Attendance at Colgan High School performances and other CFPA events (requirements vary in each concentration)
  • Completion of all portfolios and/or performance requirements
  • Earn a 2.0 (C) or better in each academic class each year
  • Earn a 3.0 (B) or better in each concentration class each year
  • Complete participation activities (in addition to master classes).

Program Sequencing

Grade

Band

Creative Writing

Dance

Music Technology

Orchestra

Piano

Theatre

Visual Arts

Vocal

9

Band

and

Marching Band

Creative Writing Exploration

Dance I

Band

or

Orchestra

or

Choir

Orchestra

Piano

Introduction to Theatre

CFPA Art I

Choir

10

Band

and

Marching Band

Poetry and Fiction

Dance II

Music Technology

Orchestra

Optional: Piano

Piano

CFPA Advanced Performance Theatre

CFPA Art II

Optional: Photography I or Computer Art I

Choir

Optional: Piano

11

Band

and

Marching Band

and

Music Elective

Creative Nonfiction and Scriptwriting

Creative Writing for Publications

 

Dance III

Advanced Music Technology

Orchestra

Optional: AP Music Theory and Piano

AP Music Theory

Theatre III

Art Portfolio Prep

Optional: Photography I or II, Computer Art I, CFPA 2D Media and Design, CFPA 3D Media and Design

Choir

Optional: AP Music Theory and Piano

12

Band

and

Marching Band

and

Music Elective

Creative Writing Senior Seminar

Dance IV

Two music electives

Orchestra

Optional: AP Music Theory and Piano

Two music electives

Directing for the Stage and Screen

Two Focus Studies

Options include AP Drawing, AP 2D Design, AP 3D Design, and any of the optional courses listed above

Choir

Optional: AP Music Theory and Piano

Notes

Marching Band takes place during summer and after school.

Music electives include AP Music Theory, Band, Choir, Music Tech, and Orchestra

Three genre-specific courses in grades 10 and 11 may may be taken in any order

Dance level to be determined after adjudication/ assessment

Music electives include AP Music Theory, Band, Choir, Music Tech, and Orchestra

AP Music Theory or Piano must be complete during the program

Music electives include AP Music Theory, Band, Choir, Music Tech, and Orchestra

Theatre electives include Theatre Production, Musical Theatre, and Film Studies

Students must have a minimum of five Visual Arts credits

Piano or AP Music Theory must be complete during the program

Center for International Studies and Languages

Program Location

Hylton High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

CISL (pronounced “sizzle”) is the Center for International Studies and Languages at C. D. Hylton High School. The CISL specialty program allows students to follow a comprehensive and rigorous program of study in pursuit of global awareness. The program advances understanding of global issues respective to cultures and languages, information and communication, and political, economic, and environmental systems.

CISL prepares students for success in today’s global marketplace, for university study, and a future international career. Hylton offers numerous world languages, active foreign exchange programs (including opportunities for overseas travel), and various other globally focused extracurricular and hands-on field experiences. Students who successfully complete this intensive program will receive a CISL certificate to accompany the advanced studies diploma, and wear the CISL Honor Stole at graduation.

The CISL program components are:

  • Course sequence options emphasizing an appreciation and understanding of world languages, culture, and current global issues.
  • Extracurricular programs and community service activities promoting international awareness and global communication.
  • Exit interview demonstrating a working knowledge of a world language.
  • Interdisciplinary research project (independent project completed senior year).

Program Requirements

CISL Graduate with Honors

  • Advanced English 9 & 10
  • Advanced World History I
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Comparative Government & Politics
  • 4+ years of the same world language or a combination of 4+ years of Arabic, Korean or Russian
  • Additional AP or DE courses in either World Language, Language Arts, or Social Studies
  • Exit Interview in a World Language
  • Complete an International Research Project
  • Earn at least 25 CISL points per year

CISL Graduate with a World Language Concentration:

  • 4+ years of the same World Language or a combination of 4+ years of Arabic, Korean or Russian
  • Must take a World Language course each year of high school
  • Complete the World Language Exit Interview
  • Earn at least 15 CISL points per year

CISL Graduate with a Social & Political Sciences Concentration:

  • Advanced World History I
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Comparative Government & Politics
  • An additional AP or DE course in Language Arts, Social Studies, or World Language
  • Complete an International Research Project
  • Earn at least 15 CISL points per year

Co-Curricular & Extracurricular Activities

The CISL Program has developed a unique relationship between the academic program and its supporting co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Students are required to complete between 15-25 points of co-curricular and extracurricular activities that increase their global awareness and promote global understanding. Though not required, international travel and participation in exchange programs are strongly encouraged.

Program Sequencing

Grade

CISL Graduate with Honors

CISL Graduate: World Languages Concentration

CISL Graduate: Social & Political Sciences Concentration

9th

Advanced English 9

and

Advanced World History I

and

World Language Sequence

World Language Sequence

Advanced World History I

10th

Advanced English 10

and

AP Human Geography

and

World Language Sequence

World Language Sequence

AP Human Geography

11th

World Language Sequence

and

AP course in English or social studies

or

Additional World Language course

World Language Sequence

An AP or DE course in English, social studies, or a World Languages

12th

AP Comparative Government (AP COGO)

and

World Language Sequence

World Language Sequence

AP Comparative Government

Notes

Must complete the World Languages Exit Interview, complete an International Research Project, & earn at least 25+ CISL points each year

Must complete the World Language Exit Interview & earn at least 15+ CISL points each year

Must complete an International Research Project & earn at least 15+ CISL points each year

Cosmetology

Program Locations

Unity Reed High School

Woodbridge High School

Program Type

Transport - Students participating in this program attend all core classes, non-CTE classes, and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and the program school daily, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

Program Description

Cosmetology students develop the skills and knowledge necessary to pass the Virginia Board of Registered Professional Hairdressers licensing examination for entry-level jobs such as a manicurist, salon receptionist, shampoo technician, and licensed cosmetologist. Cosmetology is a two-year program of study that begins in the 11th grade. Courses are scheduled in a three-period/triple block each year.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

11th

Cosmetology I (three blocks)

12th

Cosmetology II (three blocks)

Culinary Arts

Program Location

Gar-Field High School

Patriot High School

Potomac High School

Program Type

Transport - Students participating in this program attend all core classes, non-CTE classes, and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and the program school daily, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

Program Description

Culinary Arts prepares students to practice the managerial, production, and service skills used in food establishments and related food industry occupations such as chef/cook, baker/pastry chef, and hospitality worker. Students plan, select, store, purchase, prepare and serve food and food products; study basic nutrition, sanitation, and food safety; learn the use and care of commercial equipment; and practice the operation of institutional food establishments. In addition to refining these skills, students will practice serving and dining room management throughout the two-year program. Students engage in real-world experiences by working cooperatively with local business owners and various food establishments in the community. Courses are scheduled in a two-period/double block each year beginning in the 11th grade.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

11th

Culinary Arts I (two blocks)

12th

Culinary Arts II (two blocks)

Cybersecurity

Program Location

Potomac High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Students explore both theory and hands-on practice in the following areas: critical infrastructure security systems and devices; intelligent computing and controlling devices and systems security; business information technology network security systems and techniques; industrial/utility industrial control systems networks and devices security; medical network and data system security; and ethical hacking roles and tools.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

IT elective

10th

Programming

11th

Cybersecurity Systems Technology

12th

Cybersecurity Systems Technology, Advanced

Electricity

Program Location

Unity Reed High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Students develop skills in the installation, operation, maintenance, and repair of residential, commercial, and industrial electrical systems. They also study electrical theory, navigate the National Electrical Code Book, select and install conductors, and work with panelboards, switchboards, and generators.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)

10th

Digital Electronics (PLTW)

11th

Electricity I

12th

Electricity II

Firefighting

Program Location

Unity Reed - Prince William Fire Training Academy

Program Type

Transport - Students participating in this program attend all core classes, non-CTE classes, and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and the program school daily, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

Program Description

Firefighting requires discipline and attention to academic and professional standards to successfully fight live fires, address hazardous-materials (HAZMAT) incidents, and conduct search-and-rescue operations. Students will become familiar with the procedures, equipment, and technologies used by fire departments. This course challenges students academically, mentally, and physically and meets the standards of National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 1001-2013 leading to the opportunity to obtain a Firefighter I certification. This is a one-year program of study for seniors and is a total of three credits.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

12th

Firefighting I (3 blocks)

Governor's School @ Innovation Park

Program Location

Governor’s School @ Innovation Park, George Mason University, Science and Technology Campus, Manassas

Program Type

Transport - Students participating in this program attend all core classes, non-CTE classes, and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and the program school daily, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

Program Description

The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park (GS@IP) provides an alternative learning environment in a university setting designed to meet the needs of academically talented and highly motivated learners. The STEM program provides a uniquely designed integrated science, math, engineering, and technology curriculum with real-world research and application opportunities. Students attending GS@IP will be engaged in multiple opportunities to develop their leadership skills and potential by applying their intellectual design based on research into action proposals. Students attending the partial-day program at The Governor’s School will have the opportunity to continue being involved in the social and extracurricular activities offered by their base schools. By providing a dual enrollment program, The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park enables college-bound students to be challenged with college-level content while earning both high school and college credits in science and math. Students will also be awarded opportunities to interact with science researchers and learn about possible career opportunities.

Interdisciplinary Connectivity and Technology Integration

GS@IP faculty collaborates to integrate content knowledge and skills across disciplines. Students are challenged to understand and engage in the process of scientific investigation using state-of-the-art technology and to utilize their technical writing skills to present their findings.

Program Sequencing

NOTE: All courses are reported on high school transcripts as weighted semester courses

 

11th

12th

Math

Pre-Calculus
Calculus I Parts A/B
Or
Calculus I/II

Calculus I Parts A/B
Calculus I/II
Or
Calculus III/Linear Algebra

Science

Biology I,
Chemistry I,
Physics I,
or Engineering I

Biology II,
Chemistry II,
Physics II,
or Engineering II

Technology/Engineering

Engineering I

Engineering II

Research

Hands-on research in science area of interest

Hands-on research in science area of interest

 

GS Course Names

George Mason University Dual Enrollment Option Names

AP Exam Option

University Credit Transferability

GS Pre-Calculus

MATH 105

No

No

GS Calculus I Parts A and B

MATH 123 and MATH 124

Yes - Calculus AB

Likely - AP waiver equivalent course

GS Calculus Fall and Spring

MATH 115 and MATH 116

Yes - Calculus BC

Likely - AP waiver equivalent course

GS Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra

MATH 215 and MATH 203

No

Likely - comparable course

GS General Biology I and Lab

BIOL 103 and BIOL 105

Yes

Possibly science elective

GS General Biology II and Lab

BIOL 104 and BIOL 106

No

Possibly science electives

GS Human Anatomy and Physiology

BIOL 124

Yes

Likely - AP waiver equivalent course

GS Microbiology and Lab

BIOL 245

No

Possibly science electives

GS General Chemistry I and Lab

and

GS General Chemistry II and Lab

CHEM 211

and

CHEM 212

Yes

Likely - AP waiver equivalent course

GS introduction to Organic Chemistry and Lab

CHEM 104

No

Possible science electives

GS Environmental Chemistry and Lab

CHEM 155

No

Possible science electives

GS College Physics I and Lab

and

GS College Physics II and Lab

PHYS 243 and PHYS 244

and

PHYS 245 and PHYS 246

Appropriate AP Physics Exam

Likely - AP waiver equivalent course, possibly science elective for non-physics majors

GS University Physics I and Lab

and

GS University Physics II and Lab

PHYS 160 and PHYS 161

and

PHYS 260 and PHYS 261

Physics C

Likely – University Physics

Engineering I

ENGR 107 and ME 151

No

Likely - comparable course

Engineering II

ME 211

and

ME 212 or 221 or 231

No

Likely - comparable course

Junior Year Research

COS 120

No

Possibly science elective

Senior Year Research

COS 120

No

Possibly science elective

 

Schedule For Students Enrolling in Pre-Calculus Junior Year:

Semester

Strand

11th

12th

Fall

Math

MATH 105 (4 credits)

MATH 124 (3 credits)

Science

CHEM 211 (4 credits)
BIOL 103 (4 credits)
PHYS 243 (4 credits)
ENGR 107 (2 credits)

CHEM 104 (4 credits)
BIOL 124 (4 credits)
PHYS 160/161 (4 credits)
ME 211 (3 credits)

Spring

Math

MATH 123 (3 credits)

MATH 116 (4 credits)

Science

CHEM 212 (4 credits)
BIOL 104 (4 credits)
PHYS 245 (4 credits)
ME 151 (2 credits)

CHEM 155 (4 credits)
BIOL 246 (3 credits)
PHYS 260/261 (4 credits)
ME 212 or 221 or 231 (3 credits)

 

Schedule For Students Enrolling In GS Calculus Fall/Spring Junior Year:

Semester

Strand

11th

12th

Fall

Math

MATH 115 (4 credits)

MATH 215 (3 credits)

Science

CHEM 211 (4 credits)
BIOL 103 (4 credits)
PHYS 243 (4 credits)

ENGR 107 (2 credits)

CHEM 104 (4 credits)
BIOL 124 (4 credits)
PHYS 160 (4 credits)
ME 211 (3 credits)

Spring

Math

MATH 116 (4 credits)

MATH 203 (3 credits)

Science

CHEM 212 (4 credits)
BIOL 104 (4 credits)
PHYS 245 (4 credits)
ME 151 (2 credits)

CHEM 155 (4 credits)
BIOL 246 (4 credits)
PHYS 260 (4 credits)
ME 212/221/or 231 (3 credits)

International Baccalaureate

Program Locations

Gar-Field High School

Unity Reed High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The IB continuum of international education is unique because of its academically challenging and balanced approaches to teaching and learning. We challenge students to excel in their studies and in their personal growth. We aim to inspire a quest for learning throughout life that is marked by enthusiasm and empathy.

The IB aspires to help schools develop well-rounded students with character: students who respond to challenges with optimism and an open mind; students who are confident in their own identities; students who make ethical decisions; students who join with others in celebrating our common humanity; students who are prepared to apply what they learn in the real world, complex and unpredictable situations.

The IB Diploma is internationally recognized as representing one of the highest standards in university preparation. IB Diploma recipients report that their involvement with the IB has given them the tools needed to succeed at college. Students comment on their sense of preparedness, self-confidence, research skills, and ability to manage their time. Even more important, they have developed a sense of the world around them and their responsibility to it.

The IB offers high-quality programs of international education that share a powerful vision. Informed by the values described in the learner profile for an IB education:

  • Centers on learners - The IB's student-centered programs promote healthy relationships, ethical responsibility, and personal challenges.
  • Develops effective approaches to teaching and learning - IB programs help students develop the attitudes and skills they need for academic and personal success.
  • Works within global contexts - IB programs increase understanding of languages and cultures and explore globally significant ideas and issues.
  • Explores significant content - IB programs offer a curriculum that is broad and balanced, conceptual and connected.

IB learners strive to become inquirers, knowledgeable, thinkers, communicators, principled, open-minded, caring, risk-takers, balanced, and reflective. These attributes of internationally-minded people represent a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond intellectual development and academic success.

The IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) (9th and 10th grade)

The IB MYP provides a framework of academic challenge, in which 9th and 10th grade students embrace and understand the connections between traditional subjects and the real world and become critical thinkers. The IB high schools offer students a five-year IB MYP that began in middle school or a two-year program in grades 9 and 10. Both of these options require service learning and successful completion of a personal project, which is a long-range project focused on a topic chosen by the student.

Advanced Middle Years Programme (Adv MYP) courses are offered within the MYP as part of the advanced course sequence to prepare students with a strong foundation of knowledge and skills to complete the academic requirements of the IB Diploma Programme or IB Career-related Programme. Similar to the IB Diploma Programme, students can elect to take selected Adv MYP classes in their areas and strength and interest to prepare them for specific IB DP courses in grades 11 and 12.

The IB Diploma Programme (DP) (11th and 12th grade)

The IB DP is a rigorous pre-university course of studies which leads to examinations, that meets the needs of highly motivated high school students. While the strength of the programme is in the pursuit of the full IB Diploma, students may take IB DP courses in their areas of strength and interest.

The IB DP prepares students for effective participation in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. Students develop physically, intellectually, emotionally and ethically; acquire breadth and depth of knowledge and understanding, studying courses from six subject groups that help develop the skills and a positive attitude toward learning that will prepare them for higher study. This study includes at least two languages and increases understanding of cultures, including their own. The subjects make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the program's unique Theory of Knowledge course. Diploma candidates undertake in-depth research into an area of interest through the lens of one or more academic disciplines in the extended essay and enhance their personal and interpersonal development through creativity, activity and service (CAS).

The IB assesses student work as direct evidence of achievement against the stated goals of the course.

The IB DP provides students with:

  • A broad and balanced, yet academically demanding, program of study;
  • The development of critical thinking and reflective skills;
  • The development of research skills;
  • The development of independent learning skills;
  • The development of intercultural understanding; and
  • A globally recognized university entrance qualification.

The IB Career-Related Certificate (CP) (11th and 12th grade)

The IB CP is an innovative framework for students in grade 11 and 12 incorporating the vision and educational principles of the IB into a unique program specifically tailored for students who wish to engage in career-related learning. The aim of the IB CP is to provide students with both an academic and practical foundation to support both their further studies and specialized training, thereby ensuring their success in the workforce.

It combines highly regarded and internationally recognized IB DP courses with an approved career-related study and a unique IB CP core. The IB CP provides a comprehensive link between the academic challenge of the Diploma Programme and the international-mindedness of the IB classroom into a tailored, career-focused pathway.

The IB CP framework is built around three interconnected elements:

  • At least two IB DP courses;
  • An IB CP core that includes personal and professional skills, service learning, language development and a reflective project; and
  • An approved career-related study.

Students and parents who desire more information about the IB Programmes are encouraged to address questions to the IB Coordinators at either school.

Program Sequencing

 

Course Student

PWCS IB Scholar

The IB Scholar is a local PWCS distinction; colleges and universities will see these students as “IB Course” students.

IB Career-Related Program Pathway

IB Diploma Pathway

Overview

  • Examination in at least one IB DP course over the two years

 

  • Examination in at least four IB DP courses during grades 11 and 12, including Theory of Knowledge
  • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requirements
  • Approved Career Pathway (two related CTE courses) during grades 11 and 12
  • Examination in at least two IB DP courses; one course must span two years (grades 11-12)
  • Completion of the IB CP Core:
    • Language development portfolio
    • Service learning portfolio
    • Personal and Professional Skills
    • Reflective Project
  • Examination in at least one course from each of the six groups (three must be HL courses and three must be SL courses)
  • Completion of the IB DP Core:
    • Theory of Knowledge
    • Extended Essay
    • Creativity, Activity, Service (CAS) requirements

9th

MYP course(s) of your choosing

MYP course(s) of your choosing

MYP course(s) of your choosing

MYP course(s) of your choosing

10th

MYP course(s) of your choosing

MYP course(s) of your choosing

MYP course(s) of your choosing

MYP course(s) of your choosing

11th

IB DP course(s) of your choosing

At least 4 IB DP course(s) of your choosing

and

Theory of Knowledge

 

 

At least 2 IB DP course(s) of your choosing

and

2 related CTE courses

and

IB Personal and Professional Skills

6 IB DP course(s) of your choosing

(one from each group)

and

Theory of Knowledge

12th

 

Available Courses (* = 2 year courses, + = 1 year courses)

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 6

  • IB English SL/HL*
  • IB French SL+
  • IB French HL*
  • IB Spanish SL+
  • IB Spanish HL*
  • IB Anthropology SL+
  • IB Economics SL+
  • IB Geography SL+
  • IB History HL*
  • IB Psychology SL*
  • IB Biology HL*
  • IB Chemistry SL*
  • IB Env. Sys&Soc SL+
  • IB Physics SL*
  • IB Math A&A SL*
  • IB Math A&A HL*
  • IB Math A&I SL+
  • IB Visual Arts HL*
  • IB Visual Arts SL+

 

or a second course from Group 2, 3, or 4

 

Environmental Engineering

9th

Certificate Pathway

IB CP Pathway

Biology I

and

Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)

Adv MYP Biology

and

Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)

10th

Chemistry I

and

Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW)

IB Chemistry I

and

Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW)

11th

Physics or Biology 2: Ecology

and

Sustainability & Renewable Technologies or Environmental Sustainability (PLTW)

Sustainability & Renewable Technologies

or

Environmental Sustainability (PLTW)

Related IB Courses

IB CP Candidates must take at least one during 11th and 12th grade

  • IB Anthropology SL
  • IB Biology HL
  • IB Chemistry SL
  • IB Economics SL
  • IB English SL/HL
  • IB Environmental Systems SL
  • IB French / Spanish SL/HL
  • IB Geography SL
  • IB Global Politics SL
  • IB Math Analysis SL/HL
  • IB Math Applications SL
  • IB Physics SL
  • IB Psychology SL
  • IB Visual Arts SL/HL

12th

IB Environmental Systems & Societies SL

and

Engineering Design & Development (PLTW) or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

and

IB Personal and Professional Skills

IB Environmental Systems & Societies SL

and

Engineering Design & Development (PLTW) or Principles of Engineering (PLTW)

and

IB Personal and Professional Skills

Note: Course availability and requirements may differ slightly between schools. Students should talk to their school counselor or Specialty Program Coordinator with questions.

 

Law & Public Safety

Military Science

Criminal Justice

9th

IB CP Pathway

9th

Certificate Pathway

IB CP Pathway

MCJROTC I

Biology I

Adv MYP Biology

10th

MCJROTC II

10th

Chemistry I

Adv MYP Chemistry

11th

 

 

 

MCJROTC III

Recommended IB Courses

IB CP candidates must take 2 during 11th & 12th grade

  • IB Anthropology SL
  • IB Biology HL
  • IB Chemistry SL
  • IB Geography SL
  • IB Global Politics SL
  • IB History HL
  • IB Psychology SL

Related IB Courses

IB CP candidates must take 1 two-year IB DP Course during 11th & 12th drades

  • IB Biology HL
  • IB Chemistry SL
  • IB English HL/SL
  • IB Geography SL
  • IB Global Politics SL
  • IB History HL

Additional Related Electives

Available for 11th & 12th grade

  • Chemistry II: Forensic Sciences & Chemical Analysis
  • Introduction to Law: Law in Action

11th

 

Criminal Justice I

 

Chemistry II: Forensic Sciences and Chemical Analysis

 

Criminal Justice I

Additional Related Electives:

  • Chemistry II
  • Introduction to Law

Recommended IB Courses

IBCP candidates must take two during 11th & 12th grade

  • IB Anthropology SL
  • IB Biology HL
  • IB Chemistry SL
  • IB Geography SL
  • IB Global Politics SL
  • IB History HL
  • IB Psychology SL

12th

 

 

 

 

 

MCJROTC IV

12th

 

Criminal Justice II

Introduction to Law: Law in Action

Criminal Justice II

IB Personal and Professional Skills

(Required for all Certificate and IB CP Students)

IB Personal and Professional Skills

(Required for all Certificate and IB CP Students)

Information Technology

Program Locations

Battlefield High School, Center for Applied Sciences, Interactive, and Information Technology (CASIIT)

Forest Park High School, Center for Information Technology (iT)

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

With the speed and breadth of innovative change, students entering the next-generation technological workplace will need to be able to adapt to rapid change while thinking critically and creatively. The ever-changing and interactive nature of the technology workplace will also require students to demonstrate highly developed social and technical intelligence. The Information Technology Programs will provide interested students the opportunity to become engaged in an intensive technological program of studies developed through a collaborative relationship with the business and academic community.

Some courses in these programs are offered for Dual Enrollment through a partnership with Northern Virginia Community College.

A series of professional certificate programs are designed for the Standard or Advanced Diploma Student. These areas of study will immerse the student in a one- or two-year program of study, which after successful completion of the exam, could lead to professional industry certification.

Program Sequencing

iT Program at Forest Park

9th

At least one iT course of your choosing

iT Courses

  • Advanced Computer Math
  • iT Fundamentals
  • iT Programming
  • iT Graphic Design
  • AP Comp Sci A
  • Cybersecurity Systems Tech
  • Game Design and Development
  • iT Computer Graphics I
  • iT Multimedia
  • Design, Mult., & Webtech
  • Photography I

10th

At least one iT course of your choosing

Focus Area

Programming

Networking

Gaming

Media

11th

Data Structures and Algorithms

Advanced Cyber Systems Tech

Advanced Game Design & Development

Advanced iT Multimedia

Photography II

12th

Advanced Computer Studies

iT Webtech DE

Advanced Game Design, Mult., and Webtech

iT Computer Graphics II

AP Art

 

Battlefield CASIIT Program

Students who complete four of the classes below, with an overall and CASIIT GPA* of 2.5, will receive a silver CASIIT medal

Students who complete six of the classes below, with an overall and CASIIT GPA* of 3.0, will receive a gold CASIIT medal

9th

Students will take at least one of the following courses:

  • Advanced Computer Math
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • IT Fundamentals
  • IT Fundamentals DE
  • IT Graphic Design
  • IT Webtech DE
  • Sustainability and Renewable Energy

10th

Students will take at least one of the following courses:

  • AP Computer Science A
  • Engineering and Robotics
  • IT Advanced Web Tech DE
  • IT Computer Graphics I
  • IT Programming DE
  • Photography

General Studies

Interactive Technology

Concentration

Applied Sciences

Concentration

Information Technology

Concentration

11th

Students will take two CASIIT courses in grades 11 and 12.

Students will take at least two of the following courses in grades 11 and 12:

  • IT Computer Graphics II
  • IT Multimedia Software Design & Development I
  • AP Arts
  • Art Portfolio Prep
  • Photography II

Students will take at least two of the following courses in grades 11 and 12:

  • Engineering and Robotics
  • Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Advanced Computer Studies
  • IT Adv Programming DE

Students will take at least two of the following courses in grades 11 and 12:

  • Computer Networking I/II DE
  • Computer Networking III DE
  • Cybersecurity Systems Tech I/II DE
  • Cybersecurity Network Systems DE
  • IT Database Design and Management DE
  • IT Advanced Database Design and Management with PL/SQL DE

12th

Medical Coding and Billing

Program Location

Freedom High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Students will be introduced to healthcare systems, how to manage an office, and the electronic medical record as it pertains to the field of medical coding and billing. Students will be exposed to the medical terminology used to describe human anatomy and physiology. Students will also be introduced to the field of health informatics.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

Computer Information Systems

10th

Advanced Computer Information Systems

11th

Medical Coding and Billing I

12th

Medical Coding and Billing II

 

Pathways to Global Citizenship

Program Location

Gainesville High School

Program Description

The Pathways to Global Citizenship program encourages students to identify and engage with topics of global significance while developing and refining skills in performance, research, critical thinking, evaluation, and synthesis of ideas. The Pathways program provides thematically grouped plans across five academic houses. Academic pathways are intended to ensure that all students have a rigorous academic experience commensurate with their interests and academic goals.

The goals of Pathways To Global Citizenship are to support students in:

  • Identifying and engaging with topics of global significance;
  • Developing skills in research, critical thinking, evaluation, or synthesis of ideas;
  • Exploring academic interests; and
  • Encouraging leadership and community involvement.

Language & Culture Pathways

  • Writing and Communication
  • Fine and Performing Arts
  • World Language and Culture

Engineering, Math, & Automation Pathways

  • Engineering, Design, and Construction*
  • Coding, Gaming, and Robotics
  • Mathematics*

Science, Health, & Medicine Pathways

  • Biomedical Sciences*
  • Global Ecology
  • Science

Social Science & Criminology Pathways

  • History and Political Science
  • Criminal Justices

Independent Studies & Scholarship Pathways

  • Business and Marketing
  • Health and Wellness
  • Interdisciplinary (student proposed)

Pathways with an asterisk (*) are those for which students can apply for transfer to Gainesville High School under the Specialty Programs Application.

Program Sequencing

Sample course selections are listed below. Each student will draft a plan with their counselor.
Pathway Overview Course Options

Writing and Communication

Students studying in the Writing and Communication pathway will earn four credits within their concentration.
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Research
  • Creative Writing I
  • Creative Writing II
  • GEMS 11
  • GEMS 12
  • Global Connections in Multicultural Literature
  • Intro to Speech/Enrichment Speech
  • Journalism I
  • Journalism II
  • Photojournalism
Fine and Performing Arts Students studying in the Fine and Performing Arts pathway will earn four credits within their concentration.
  • AP Art 2D
  • AP Art 3d
  • Art I
  • Art II
  • Art III
  • Art Portfolio
  • Band
  • Chorus
  • Intro to Theatre
  • Musical Theatre
  • Orchestra
  • Theatre Production
  • Theatre III
  • Theatre IV
World Language and Culture Students studying in the World Languages and Culture pathway will earn six credits within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • AP World History
  • Global Connections in Multicultural Literature
Engineering, Design, and Construction Students studying in the Engineering, Design, and Construction pathway will earn four credits within their concentration. Students who apply to the Engineering, Design, and Construction Pathway will be required to take PLTW Engineering coursework in grades 9 and 10 prior to studying Building Trades in grades 11 and 12.
  • Building Trades I
  • Building Trades II
  • Civil Engineering and Architecture (PLTW)
  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing (PLTW)
  • Engineering Drawing
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)
  • Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
Coding, Gaming, and Robotics Students studying in the Coding, Gaming, and Robotics pathway will earn four credits within their concentration.
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • Computer Information Systems
  • Computer Information System, Advanced
  • Gaming I
  • Gaming II
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)
  • Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
  • Programming
  • Robotics I
  • Robotics II
Mathematics Students studying in the Mathematics pathway will earn six credits within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level. Students who apply to the Mathematics Pathway should have completed Geometry in middle school.
  • AP Calculus AB
  • AP Calculus BC
  • AP Computer Science A
  • AP Computer Science Principles
  • AP Statistics
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Linear Algebra
  • Pre-Calculus for AB and BC
Biomedical Sciences Students studying in the Biomedical Sciences pathway will earn four credits within their concentration. Students will be required to study PLTW Biomedical Science coursework in grades 9 and 10.
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • Biology II: DNA Science and Biotechnology
  • Biomedical Innovation (PLTW)
  • Human Body Systems (PLTW)
  • Medical Interventions (PLTW)
  • Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW)
Global Ecology Students studying in the Global Ecology pathway will earn four credits within their concentration.
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Physics
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • Biology II: Ecology
  • Oceanography
Science Students studying in the Science pathway will earn six credits within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.
  • AP Biology
  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Environmental Science
  • AP Physics I
  • AP Physics C
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • Biology II: Genetics
Criminal Justice Students studying in the Criminal Justices pathway will earn four credits within their concentration.
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • Biology II: Forensics
  • Criminal Justice I
  • Criminal Justice II
  • Human Body Systems (PLTW)
  • Leadership
  • Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
History and Political Science Students studying in the History and Political Science pathway will earn six credits within their concentration, including at least two at the Advanced Placement level.
  • AP Economics
  • AP European History
  • AP Human Geography
  • AP Psychology
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • AP U.S. Government
  • AP U.S. and Virginia History
  • Psychology
Buisness and Marketing Students studying in the Business and Marketing pathway will earn four credits within their concentration.
  • Accounting
  • Accounting, Adv
  • AP Economics
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • Business Management
  • Marketing
  • Sports, Entertainment, and Recreation Marketing
Health and Wellness Students studying in the Health and Wellness pathway will earn four credits within their concentration.
  • Advanced PE Personal Fitness
  • Advanced PE Weight Training
  • AP Research
  • AP Seminar
  • Nutrition and Wellness
  • Sports Medicine I
  • Sports Medicine II

 

Sample course selections are listed below. Each student will draft a plan with their counselor.

 

Overview

Biomedical Sciences

Engineering, Design, and Construction

Math

Candidates will complete four courses within their concentration, allowing for the exploration of connections among science, wellness, and biomedical classes.

Candidates will successfully complete four courses within a concentration allowing for the exploration of interrelated concepts required of engineers, mathematicians, or physicists.

Candidates will successfully complete six courses within a concentration allowing for the exploration of interrelated concepts required of engineers, mathematicians, or physicists. At least two of the courses will be at the Advanced Placement level.

9th

  • Principles of Biomedical Science (PLTW)
  • Human Body Systems (PLTW)
  • Medical Intervention (PLTW)
  • Introduction to Engineering Design (PLTW)
  • Principles of Engineering (PLTW)
  • Pre-Calc for AB/BC
  • AP Comp Sci Principles

10th

  • Biomedical Innovations (PLTW)
  • Bio II/DNA, Micro and Forensics
  • Civil Engineering (PLTW)
  • Engineering Drawing
  • AP Calculus AB/BC
  • AP Comp Sci A

11th

  • AP Biology
  • AP Seminar
  • Building Trades I/II
  • AP Seminar
  • AP Statistics
  • Multivariable Calculus

12th

  • AP Chemistry
  • AP Research
  • Engineering Design & Development (PLTW)
  • AP Research
  • Linear Algebra
  • AP Research

Pharmacy Technician

Program Location

Freedom High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Pharmacy Technician is designed to provide students with the basic skills and knowledge to begin work as a pharmacy technician. The coursework will fulfill the requirements of the Virginia Board of Pharmacy and prepare students to take the national examinations, Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam (PTCE), or Exam Certified Phlebotomy Technician (ExCPT). Trained, experienced pharmacy technicians, who can demonstrate the right skills and knowledge, have many exciting and respected career options, and are well-positioned to pursue postsecondary study in the pharmacy field.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

Biology

10th

Computer Information Systems

11th

Pharmacy Technician I

12th

Pharmacy Technician II

Plumbing

Program Location

Gar-Field High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Students learn to safely assemble, install, and repair pipes, fittings, and fixtures of heating, water, and drainage systems, according to specifications and plumbing codes. Students learn marketable, job-specific skills and workplace readiness skills. They have the opportunity to earn an industry certification upon graduation. Students have the option to enter the job market directly or continue their studies via a college program, technical school, or apprenticeship program.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

Introduction to Engineering Design

10th

Civil Engineering and Architecture

11th

Plumbing I

12th

Plumbing II

Practical Nursing

Program Location

Osbourn Park High School

Program Type

Transport - Students participating in this program attend all core classes, non-CTE classes, and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and the program school daily, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

Program Description

Practical Nursing prepares students at the pre-professional level for service disciplines related to medicine, nursing, and allied health careers. Course competencies are based on industry qualifications, certifications, and licensure requirements. Courses are available to all students and taught at Osbourn Park High School, local hospitals, assisted living facilities, and nursing homes. The 18-month program begins in the senior year of high school. Tuition is charged during the second year of the program. Students are admitted to the program by application which may include an interview and testing. Applications must be completed during course registration the year prior to program entry.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

12th

Practical Nursing I and II (3 blocks)

Pre-Governor’s School

Program Location

Osbourn Park High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

The Pre-Governor’s School at Osbourn Park is a preparatory program through which students will experience an accelerated mathematics and science course sequence. Students will have an opportunity to develop technical writing capacity and meet several graduation requirements to prepare them for success should they attend The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park (GS@IP) in grades 11 and 12.

Key elements of the Pre-Governor’s School Program include:

  • Students will be supported through the simultaneous study of two mathematics courses in 9th grade, and Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry for AB (or a higher mathematics course) by the end of 10th grade.
  • Students will study two science courses in 10th grade to allow for the completion of SOL Physics prior to 11th grade.
  • A dedicated school counselor will support Pre-Governor’s School students to ensure appropriate course selection in preparation for the various academic pathways available at GS@IP, and work with students during their four years
    of study.
  • Students will have the opportunity to study Health/PE I and Health/PE II virtually as an 8th class. This course will be taught by OPHS HPE teachers and will meet virtually after school hours. This allows students to meet an additional graduation requirement prior to joining GS@IP.
  • Pre-Governor’s School students will be strategically grouped to support the accelerated study of mathematics and science in 9th and 10th grade.

Students interested in attending the GS@IP do not have to be enrolled in the Pre-GS@OP to gain admission. Students may take many of the same course sequences at their base school, under the supervision of their school counselor.

Program Requirements

Students participating in the Pre-Governor’s School at Osbourn Park will maintain year-end grades of B or better in their core subject areas. Students study eight classes during grades 9 and 10. Students are encouraged to fulfill the Economics and Personal Finance (or AP Economics) graduation requirement in 10th grade. Students conduct authentic research in support of the GS@IP application process.

Students who do not attend GS@IP will have opportunities to study advanced (college-level) coursework with an emphasis on math, science, and engineering at Osbourn Park High School during 11th and 12th grade.

Program Sequencing

Required coursework

9th

  • Advanced Biology
  • Advanced English 9
  • Advanced Geometry
  • Advanced World History
  • Algebra II
  • Health/PE I (Virtual)

10th

  • Advanced English 10
  • Advanced Chemistry
  • Health/PE II (Virtual)
  • Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry for AB
  • Physics I

Television Production

Program Location

Hylton High School

Patriot High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Television production prepares students to operate TV cameras, recorders, and editors as well as the associated audio, video, switching, and processing equipment. Many students go on to complete their studies at a university or specialized technical school following high school graduation. Student leadership and independence are stressed as students employ program proposals, scripts, and storyboards to produce and refine professional productions.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

Video and Media Technology

10th

Television Production I

11th

Television Production II

12th

Television Production III

Virtual Prince William

Program Description

Virtual Prince William (VPW) offers personalized learning that provides freedom and flexibility, empowering students to achieve their educational goals in balance with the demands of their personal lives, and the opportunity to drive their learning to become responsible, contributing global citizens

VPW provides a unique opportunity for students to earn high school credit in an online classroom. Students and teachers communicate within the learning management system and via PWCS Office365 email accounts. Students experience high-quality standards-based courses taught by certified PWCS teachers. All courses are aligned with PWCS and Virginia SOL objectives. VPW instructors provide direct instruction to students online and communicate directly with parents to help ensure student success. VPW courses are NCAA approved as non-traditional courses.

The goals of Virtual Prince William are to:

  • Empower students to learn independently and at a flexible pace
  • Offer students an alternative to the traditional classroom
  • Enable students to fulfill course requirements and achieve academic success
  • Allow students to recover credit, earn additional credit, or take electives
  • Prepare participating students for Virginia Standards of Learning tests
  • Enhance student use of new and emerging technologies

Criteria for success in online courses include:

  • Personal commitment to learn
  • Self-motivation
  • Independent learner
  • Computer literate
  • Time management skills
  • Computer with proper configuration

Courses are offered in three sessions: fall, spring, and summer. Students earn full course credit in a semester session. Courses run based on enrollment and may be canceled due to low enrollment or close when enrollment reaches the maximum student/teacher ratio. For more information about VPW, visit the website, virtualhs.pwcs.edu.

Course Offerings

  • Career and Technical Education
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Economics and Personal Finance
  • English
    • English 9
    • English 10
    • English 11
    • English 12
  • World Language
    • Italian I
    • Italian II
    • Latin I
    • Latin II
    • Latin III
    • Spanish I
    • Spanish II
    • Spanish III
  • Health and Physical Education
    • Health and Physical Education I
    • Health and Physical Education II
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra I
    • Algebra II
    • Algebra Functions and Data Analysis
    • Geometry
    • Advanced Geometry
    • Pre-Calculus with Trigonometry for AB
  • Science
    • Earth Science II: Astronomy
    • Biology
    • Chemistry
    • Earth Science
  • Social Studies
    • World History and Geography to 1500
    • World History and Geography 1500 – Present
    • Virginia and United States History
    • Virginia and United States Government

Registration for VPW courses must be completed online at www.virtualhs.pwcs.edu. VPW does not accept paper registration.

Welding

Program Location

Potomac High School

Program Type

Transfer - Students participating in this program will transfer to the program location for all courses and activities. Express Bus Transportation is available to accepted students living outside the program location boundaries through Specialty Program Transportation.

Program Description

Welding students learn welding processes to braze, solder, and fuse metal parts according to diagrams, blueprints, or written specifications. Select courses require double-block scheduling. Some courses may be available for dual enrollment credit through Northern Virginia Community College.

Program Sequencing

Grade

Course

9th

Technical Drawing

10th

Welding I

11th

Welding II

12th

Welding III