High School Launch Programs

High School Launch Programs

Students in grades 9-12 can take advantage of the summer offering of courses to support on-time graduation. There are additional summer options for high school students in need of SOL remediation and testing.

The host high school sites are Potomac High School and Unity Reed High School. See program-specific information below for the Launch Program Location website for additional details.

Launch Six-Week Programs

Attendance

Students may not be absent for more than three cumulative days or 15 hours of the 29-day program to receive credit for the course taken. Students missing more than three days will be withdrawn from summer school and no course credit will be given.

High School Grading

Grades will be calculated following the guidelines outlined in Prince William County Public Schools grading regulation.

Please note: Students who withdraw between June 26, 2023, and July 7, 2023, can do so without a grade penalty. Students who withdraw between July 10, 2023, and July 21, 2023, will receive a mark of withdrawn failing (WF) or withdrawn passing (WP). Students who withdraw after July 21, 2023, will receive a mark of Fail (F).

Transportation

Shuttle transportation service is provided from each of the county high schools to either Potomac High School or Unity Reed High School. Students attending Summer Launch Programs can provide their own transportation or take advantage of shuttle services available from their base school locations. Bus numbers and times will be published June 9, 2023.

Transportation will be provided daily from base schools to the host locations (Unity Reed HS and Potomac HS) and back to the base schools from host locations.

Transportation to and from Unity Reed High School will be provided from the following locations:

  • Colgan High School
  • Brentsville District High School
  • Osbourn Park High School
  • Patriot High School
  • Gainesville High School
  • Battlefield High School
  • Unity Reed High School students will be responsible for their transportation to and from Unity Reed HS daily

Transportation to and from Potomac High School will be provided from the following locations:

  • Forest Park High School
  • Freedom High School
  • Gar-Field High School
  • Hylton High School
  • Woodbridge High School
  • Potomac High School students will be responsible for their transportation to and from Potomac HS daily

Please see the Summer School Transportation webpage on June 9, 2023, for more information.

Tuition

Launch

  • June 26 - August 4, 2023
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • July 4 is an observed holiday

Current high school students may take only one course for repeat credit during this six-week program. Students must attend the entire course and will earn one Carnegie Credit upon successful completion of the course. Students will be recommended for programs by their current teachers or counselors.

High school students seeking a course for initial credit may explore Virtual Prince William for online course options. Please visit the Virtual Prince William website for more information.

Courses Available
  • English 9, 10, and 11*
  • Earth Science*, Biology, and Chemistry*
    • Note: Chemistry will only be offered at Potomac High School.
  • Algebra I*, Algebra II*, Geometry*, and Algebra Functions and Data Analysis (AFDA)
  • US & VA History*, US & VA Government, World History I*, and World History II*
  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • HPE I and HPE II
    • Note: HPE I and HPE II will only be offered at Unity Reed High School.
  • Driver's Education Classroom:
    • Available for Prince William County residents only
    • Program Dates: July 10-19, 2023
    • Parents and students must attend the virtual informational meeting via Zoom on July 12.
    • Note: Driver's Education will only be offered at Unity Reed High School.

*Students enrolled in this course will be offered an SOL test session at either Potomac High School or Unity Reed High School.

Grad Academy

  • June 26 - August 4, 2023
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
  • July 4 is an observed holiday
  • Graduation is Tuesday, August 1, 2023.
    • Location: Hylton Performing Arts Center, 10960 George Mason Cir., Manassas, Virginia 20110
    • Time: Graduation will take place on Tuesday, August 1, 2023, at the Hylton Performing Arts Center. Two ceremonies will be held. The first ceremony will take place from 4-5 p.m., honoring graduates from Forest Park, Freedom, Gar-Field, Hylton, Potomac, and Woodbridge High Schools. The second ceremony will take place from 7-8 p.m., honoring graduates from Battlefield, Brentsville District, Colgan, Gainesville, Osbourn Park, Patriot, and Unity Reed High Schools, and Adult Education. 
    • Livestream information: Those unable to attend the ceremony can view the graduation at PWCSgrads.com.
    •  Candid Color Photography Information:
      • If families would like to purchase photos, please visit www.candidcolor.net and select "Graduation Day". It may take up to two to three weeks after graduation for the images to be posted online.
      • Enter your school's access code: PWCSG23
      • Enter a valid email address
      • Images are sorted in folders by the type of pose taken.
      • A "not available" message may appear if you are trying to access the gallery in advance of or shortly after graduation day. You will receive an email to the address provided when pictures are available.

This academy is for current seniors who did not meet course requirements to graduate in June but can still graduate in August and be considered an on-time graduate of the 2022-23 school year. Students will only be allowed to take two courses whether new or repeat credit.

Courses Available
  • English 10, 11*, and 12
  • Earth Science*, Biology*, Astronomy, and Oceanography
  • Algebra II*, Geometry*, Algebra Functions and Data Analysis (AFDA)
  • US/VA History*, US/VA Government, World History II*
  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • Independent Living and Individual Development

SOL Remediation & Testing Programs

SOL remediation and testing will be offered at Potomac High School and Unity Reed High School.

*Schedules and locations vary by program.

Transportation

Shuttle transportation service is provided from each of the county's high schools to either Potomac High School or Unity Reed High School. Please see the Launch Program Transportation webpage for more information.

Tuition

SOL Two-Week Remediation

  • Potomac High School and Unity Reed High School
  • July 10-21, 2023
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

Students who have passed a high school level tested course but need to achieve a passing score on the associated Virginia SOL test(s) can register to take an end-of-course SOL test. Students in grades 9-12 can participate in a remediation program in the courses below at no charge. At the end of this course, students will retake the end-of-course SOL test.

Courses Available
  • Algebra I
  • Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry
  • World History I and World History II
  • US/VA History
  • English-Reading and Writing

SOL Testing Only

  • Potomac High School and Unity Reed High School
  • All test sessions begin at 7:30 a.m.
  • Students eligible for expedited retakes (scores from 375-399) will retake on July 21, 2023.

Students who have passed a high school level tested course but need to achieve a passing score on the associated Virginia SOL test(s) can register to take an end-of-course SOL test. This is the administration of the SOL test only and does not include remediation before testing.

SOL Test Name And Dates
  • English 11 Reading: July 5
  • Algebra I, Algebra II, and Geometry: July 5
  • Earth Science, Biology, and Chemistry: July 6
  • World History I, World History II, and US/VA History: July 7
  • English 11 Writing: July 18 and 19 *must attend both dates
  • For WorkKeys, you will need to register for the English Reading or Writing SOL. You will be notified if your child will be taking WorkKeys as a substitute for the SOL.
    • WorkKeys Writing: June 27 and 28 *must attend both dates
    • WorkKeys Reading: June 29 and June 30 *must attend both dates

Career & Technical Education Boot Camp

  • Potomac High School and Unity Reed High School
  • July 12-13, 2023
  • 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.
General Information

The CTE Boot Camp is designed for seniors who have not met the CTE certification requirement to graduate in June. This boot camp offers seniors the opportunity to graduate in August and be considered an on-time graduate.

Registration Information

The registration window for the Launch Program is April 10 - May 26, 2023. No late registrations will be accepted.

Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete the Launch Program registration in ParentVUE.

  1. To register a PWCS student for the Launch Program, log in to ParentVUE.
  2. In the top right corner, select Online Records.
  3. Scroll down to the section in blue with Online Registration Packet Descriptions and from the dropdown at the bottom, select 2022-2023 Summer School Registration.
  4. Press "Begin Online Packet" at the bottom
  5. You will be prompted to review and confirm information as you move through the registration. Hit Save and Continue to advance.
    1. Introduction - (At the end of this section, you will be prompted to enter your electronic signature; ensure it matches your name at the top right of the screen.)
    2. Family
    3. Parent/Guardian
    4. Emergency Contact Information
  6. Once you come to the section titled Students, please do the following:
    1. Select the Exclude button for any of your students you will not be enrolling in the Summer Launch Program.
    2. From this same screen, select the Edit button for the student you will be enrolling.
      1. Choose the Program your student was recommended for in the Summer School Program dropdown.
      2. Choose Yes or No for whether your student plans to graduate in August.
      3. Transportation - (Schedules with bus stops and routes for High School summer programs will be available in June.)
      4. Location (location shown in the dropdown is the school the student will attend for the Launch Program)
  7. Press "Save and Continue"
  8. Review and press submit.

You will receive confirmation that your registration was submitted via an automated email.

Registration is open April 10 - May 26, 2023.

Register Now

No late registrations will be accepted.

Still have questions or need clarification?

Frequently Asked Questions

Or email SummerSchool@pwcs.edu

High school students seeking a course for initial credit may explore Virtual Prince William for online course options. Please visit the Virtual Prince William website for more information.

For questions about Extended School Year (ESY) please contact your child's special education teacher for additional information regarding ESY services.

For more information on enrichment programs, visit the Discovery Enrichment Programs webpage.

Cancel or Change Registration

We understand summer plans can change. We are offering the following options:

  1. To change the program that your student is currently registered for, complete a new registration in ParentVUE. Your new registration will cancel the old registration.
  2. To cancel a registration before June 15, contact your child's school. If you need to cancel a registration after June 15, email your student's name and school name to SummerSchool@pwcs.edu.