The Specialty Program Application is now available.   


Students interested in applying for Practical Nursing must request an application. 


Review the Specialty Program Application Process below prior to completing the application.

Specialty Program Application Process

Step 1: Research Your Options

  • Research programs at your base school
  • Review specialty program information, including program types and offerings
  • Attend/view Specialty Program Information Nights
  • Attend school-specific Information Nights
  • Review VHSL Eligibility Information
  • Review transportation information

Program Types

Transfer (all ES/MS programs, some HS programs)
  • Complete a full transfer to the specialty school for all classes and activities
Transport (HS programs only)
  • Attend program classes at specialty school and remain at base school for all other classes and activities
  • Attend all classes and activities at base school

Step 2: Apply Online

  • Application opens November 1
  • Visit the PWCS Specialty Application Process Page
  • Click on the "Apply Here" button
  • Create an account and associate students as applicable
  • Complete applications for desired programs
  • Upload any program required documentation

Application Deadlines

  • December 14, 2021 - Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA)
  • February 1, 2022 - Transfer programs (all ES, MS, and most HS programs) and Governor's School @ Innovation Park
  • March 15, 2022 - Transport programs (Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Firefighting, and Practical Nursing) and Site-based programs (JROTC)

Late applications will not be considered. 

Step 3: Selection

  • CFPA applicants attend scheduled auditions (January 2022)
  • Schools review applicant information for specific eligibility criteria

Step 4: Notification

Acceptance information will be communicated through the application portal.  Families will receive an email asking them to check the portal for a decision.

Acceptance Results

  • ACCEPTED: Students who are accepted in their chosen specialty program receive notification of acceptance.
  • NOT ACCEPTED: Students who are not offered acceptance have not met entrance requirements or program acceptance numbers have been met.  These students will attend their zoned school. 
  • WAITLISTED: Students who are waitlisted will be notified, in waitlist order, if a position becomes available in the program. 

Step 5: Program Acceptance

Families must declare their intent to participate in the accepted Specialty Program by March 5

Off-Cycle Applications

Students who enroll in PWCS outside of the application period have thirty days from date of entry to apply to a specialty program. 

For access to the application, contact Karima Wesselhoft, Supervisor of Advanced Academics and Specialty Programs, at