Advanced Academics

Dual Enrollment

Dual enrollment is an early college program allowing eligible high school students to simultaneously earn credit toward their high school graduation while also earning college credits. Any student who meets the following criteria may take certain dual enrollment courses offered through Northern Virginia Community College (NVCC) and PWCS:

  • 11th or 12th Grade standing
  • 16 years of age
  • Placement in college level MATH and ENGLISH courses by receiving a passing score on the Placement Test or an accepted substitute such as: 
  • SAT – 480 or higher on both the Reading and Writing section, 530 or higher on the Math section
    PSAT is no longer acceptable for English 12
  • ACT – 18 or higher on both the English Reading and Writing section, 22 or higher on the Math section
  • Virginia SOL – a passing score on the Algebra I, II or Geometry SOL will allow students to meet the MATH placement requirement

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Dual Enrollment Courses

PWCS students may take the following courses for dual enrollment credit based on established agreements during the 2020-21 school year:

  • Biology II: Survey of Advanced
  • Topics in Biology
  • Computer Networking I, II, III, and IV - Hardware Operations (CISCO)
  • Cybersecurity Network Systems
  • Cybersecurity Systems Technology I and II
  • Criminal Justice II
  • Early Childhood Education Services I and II
  • English College Composition 12
  • Entrepreneurship
  • IB Business Management (SL)
  • IB Biology (HL)
  • Intro to Speech Communications
  • IT Database Design and Management (Oracle)
  • IT Database Design and Management Advanced (Oracle)
  • IT Fundamentals
  • IT Programming, Advanced
  • IT Web Technologies
  • IT Web Technologies, Advanced
  • PreCalculus with Trig for AB
  • Multivariable Calculus
  • Photography I
  • SOL English College
  • Composition 11
  • Survey of World Literature 12
  • Virginia Teachers for Tomorrow (through Shenandoah University)
  • US/VA Government
  • US/VA History
  • Welding I, II, and III

International Baccalaureate Programme

The International Baccalaureate Programme (IB) is a rigorous pre-university course of studies that meets the needs of highly motivated students while preparing them to become successful citizens in a rapidly evolving and increasingly global society. Study includes six subject groups and at least two languages designed to increase the student's understanding of cultures, including their own. Project allow students to make connections across traditional academic disciplines and explore the nature of knowledge through the programme'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.

Program Locations

Gar-Field High School
Coordinator: Mr. Bassett
Email: bassetbm@pwcs.edu
IBMYP Coordinator: Ms. Gordon
Email: gordondk@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.730.7000
Website: https://gar-fieldhs.pwcs.edu/

Serving Forest Park, Hylton, Freedom, Gar-Field, Potomac, and Woodbridge High

Unity Reed High School
Coordinator: Ms. Hodgson
Email: hodgsoka@pwcs.edu
IBMYP Coordinator: Alaina Lynard
Email: lynardak@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.365.2900
Website: https://unityreedhs.pwcs.edu

Serving Battlefield, Brentsville District, Osbourn Park, Patriot, and Unity Reed High Schools

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The Cambridge Programme

The Cambridge Programme offers an innovative international pre-university curriculum and examination system that can be tailored to students’ interests and abilities. Courses are based on an investigative approach to learning with students using initiative and creativity in solving problems.

The external assessments by Cambridge International Examinations include written examinations, project work, and individual research. Students taking advanced level courses can qualify for an Advanced International Certificate of Education (AICE) diploma.

To participate in the program, students must enroll each year in at least one Cambridge course and must complete a sequence of such classes in grades 9-12.

Program Locations

Brentsville District High School
Coordinator: Mr. Carbo
Email: carbomm@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.594.2161
Website: https://brentsvillehs.pwcs.edu/

Serving Battlefield, Brentsville, Osbourn Park, Patriot, and Unity Reed High Schools

Potomac Senior High School
Coordinator: Ms. Cotten
Email: cottencv@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.441.4200
Website: https://potomachs.pwcs.edu/

Serving Colgan, Forest Park, C. D. Hylton, Freedom, Gar-Field, Potomac, and Woodbridge High Schools

Students who reside in the Colgan High School boundaries but live significantly closer to Brentsville may request permission from both program coordinators to attend the Cambridge Programme at Brentsville rather than the program at Potomac.

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Pre-Governor's School Program

The Pre-Governor’s School at Osbourn Park (PGS@OP) 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 at Innovation Park (GS@IP) in their 11th and 12th grade year.

In order for students to be prepared for college-level study at GS@IP, it is important that they have a strong, yet accelerated platform in the study of math and science. The instructional design of the PGS@OP program integrates strands in biology, chemistry, and physics, with mathematics, concepts of engineering, and laboratory research.

Program Location
Osbourn Park High School
Coordinator: Benjamin Henken
Email: henkenbe@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.365.6500
Website: https://osbournparkhs.pwcs.edu/

Serving students from across the School Division.

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Regional Academic Year Governor's Schools

In addition to specialty programs, students may apply to the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology located in Fairfax, or for The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park, a two-year program for selected high school juniors developed by PWCS, Manassas City, and Manassas Park Public School Divisions in cooperation with George Mason University. The program is located on George Mason University’s Science and Technology Campus.

The Governor’s School @ Innovation Park is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) initiative. The instructional design of the program integrates strands in biology, chemistry, physics, and engineering with mathematics, technology, and with laboratory research. Learning experiences focus on real-world research with mentorship opportunities in business, industry, government, and university settings.

Students must have completed algebra II/trigonometry and both biology and chemistry by the end of the tenth grade in order to apply. In addition to meetings at The Governor’s School itself, information meetings will be held in each school.

Rising juniors are eligible to apply for the program. Interested students can access more information and the application through the program Website.

Program Locations
The Governor's School @ Innovation Park
Director: Dr. Jason Calhoun
Telephone: 703.993.7027
Website: https://governors.pwcs.edu/home

Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology
Telephone: 571.423.3770
Website: https://tjhsst.fcps.edu/

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High School Specialty Programs

Advanced Placement Scholars

The Advanced Placement Scholars Specialty Program (AP Scholars) is aligned with the Advanced Placement Program from The College Board. The program provides a rigorous academic focus with instruction in pre-college and college level courses that emphasize content knowledge, critical thinking and analytical reasoning skills, as well as disciplined study habits. Students will be prepared for success on AP exams.

Students benefit from special activities such as college nights, informational forums and content related activities. A senior-year research project is required in an area of academic concentration such as English, mathematics, science, or history and social sciences.

To participate in the program, students must enroll in two or more pre-AP or AP courses each year. Patriot also requires students to complete six AP courses before graduation. By graduation, students will also complete 60 hours of community service as well as a senior research project.

Program Locations:

Patriot High School
Coordinator: Katherine Moore
Email: mooreke@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.594.3020
Website: https://patrioths.pwcs.edu

Serving Battlefield, Brentsville District, Osbourn Park, Patriot, and Unity Reed High Schools

Woodbridge High School
Coordinator: Kathleen Hugh
Email: hughke@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.497.8161
Website: https://woodbridgehs.pwcs.edu

Serving Colgan, Forest Park, Hylton, Freedom, Gar-Field, Potomac, and Woodbridge High Schools

Please note: Students who reside within the Parkside Middle School boundary but live significantly closer to Woodbridge High School may request permission from both program coordinators to attend Woodbridge rather than Patriot

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Center for Applied Sciences, Interactive and Information Technology

The Center for Applied Sciences, Interactive and Information Technology (CASIIT) program provides courses and foundational knowledge to prepare students for entry into the future world of industry and technology. Students have the opportunity to choose from three focus areas: Applied Science, Interactive Technologies, or Information Technology. Student have the freedom to to specialize their learning to a more personal level within each focus area.

These areas of study 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. Some CASIIT course 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.

Program Location

Battlefield High School
Coordinator: Gail Drake
Email: drakegd@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 571.261.4771
Website: http://battlefieldHS.pwcs.edu

Serving Battlefield, Brentsville, Osbourn Park, Patriot, and Unity Reed High Schools

Please note: Students who reside within the Benton Middle School boundary but live significantly closer to Forest Park may request permission from both program coordinators to attend the Information Technology program at Forest Park rather than the CASIIT program at Battlefield

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Center for Biotechnology and Engineering

The Biotechnology and Engineering program offers a challenging and enriched science curriculum emphasizing biotechnology, medical sciences, and interrelationships among scientific disciplines.

During freshman and sophomore years, Biotech Center students participate in integrated language arts and social studies courses that extend the program. The program stresses problem solving and hands-on learning as well as science literacy. Students also participate in community service and extracurricular science enrichment activities.
To participate in this program, students must enroll each year in a designated Biotech Center science class and must complete a sequence of Biotech Center courses from ninth to twelfth grade. All students in this program may choose from an extensive list of Advanced Placement core and elective courses.

Program Location

Osbourn Park High School
Coordinator: Ms. Walton
Email: waltonlb@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.365.6500
Website: https://osbournparkhs.pwcs.edu/

Enrollment is available to students throughout the School Division

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Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences

The Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences (CENS) specialty program at Freedom High School offers a rigorous four-year program of studies designed to include strong laboratory and field investigation components. An enriched and interdisciplinary curriculum helps students gain a greater understanding of the connection between scientific and other academic areas.

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 extra curricular activities, including community service, and will become involved with business and community partnerships that enhance their understanding of environmental and natural sciences.

The program of studies includes a sequence of required CENS science courses, pre-AP/AP English and History and Social Studies courses, and a strong mathematics sequence.

Program Location

Freedom High School
Coordinator: Ms. Wedge
Email: wedgecj@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.583.1405
Website: http://freedomhs.pwcs.edu/

Enrollment is available to students throughout the School Division

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Center for Information Technology

The Center for Information Technology offers opportunities to study a wide range of information technology programs covering three main areas: mathematics and computer programming, graphics and multimedia, and hardware and networking. An extensive advanced placement (AP) program is available.

Programs leading to professional and general certification are offered. These certificate programs include computer graphics, multimedia, computer repair, computer programming, and networking. Students need at least two years in upper level classes to prepare for the advanced graphics, network, and programming certifications.

To participate in the program, students must be enrolled in at least one iT core class and must complete a sequence of iT classes in grades nine through 12. All students in this program may choose from an extensive list of Advanced Placement core courses.

Program Location

Forest Park High School
Coordinator: Mr. Smith
Email: mithjx@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.583.3200
Website: https://forestparkhs.pwcs.edu

Serving Colgan, Forest Park, Hylton, Freedom, Gar-Field, Potomac, and Woodbridge High Schools

Please note: Students who reside within the Benton Middle School boundary but live significantly closer to Forest Park may request permission from the IT and CASIIT program coordinators at Forest Park and Battlefield High Schools to attend the Information Technology program at Forest Park rather than the CASIIT program at Battlefield

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Center for International Studies and Languages

The Center for International Studies and Languages (CISL) at Hylton High School offers students the opportunity to follow a comprehensive program of study with a focus on global awareness. The program advances understanding of global issues respective to cultures and languages, information and communication, and political, economic, and environmental systems. Additionally, field experiences such as student exchanges, Model United Nations, and travel support the curriculum.

To participate in the CISL program, students must be enrolled in world language, English, and social studies classes designated as components of the CISL program.

All CISL students take AP World History, AP Human Geography, and the capstone course, AP Comparative Government which includes a research paper component. They may also choose from an extensive listing of AP core courses and electives offered at Hylton. These courses are externally assessed by the College Board.

Program Location

Hylton High School
Coordinator: Ms. Campagna
Email: campagbg@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703-580-4000
Website: http://hyltonhs.pwcs.edu

Enrollment is available to students throughout the School Division

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Center for Fine and Performing Arts

Programs at The Center for the Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA) encourage and develop creativity, self-expression, academic achievement, and critical thinking in young artists. Students are supported in their efforts to master a common core of learning that promotes a broader understanding of the arts.

Students are trained in the skills necessary to be successful in a university arts program and to become a valued participant in the larger arts community. Concentration areas include dance, instrumental music, vocal music, music technology, theater, creative writing and visual arts.

All students must complete the online application and/or present a portfolio. Students accepted into the program must be enrolled in at least one CFPA class as part of a class sequence from grades nine through twelve. The application deadline for the Center for the Fine and Performing Arts is December 7, 2020.

Program Location

Colgan High School
Coordinators: Ms. Burns and Ms. Nelson
Email: burnsvt@pwcs.edu   nelsonkm@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 571.374.6550
Website: Colgan High School CFPA 

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Environmental Engineering (IB Career Programme)

Environmental Engineering provides a focused study on how engineers can devise solutions that protect human health and natural ecosystems, while also improving quality of life. Please see each program website for pathway details.

Program Locations

Gar-Field High School
Coordinator: Mr. Ruf
Email: rufj@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.730.7000
Website: GFHS Environmental Engineering

Unity Reed High School
Coordinator: Ms. MacDonald
Email: macdonkm@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.365.2900
Website: URHS Environmental Engineering

Law & Public Safety (IB Career Programme)

The Law and Public Safety Program offers four-year pathways in Criminal Justice or Military Science that conclude with the Capstone Course - IB Personal and Professional Skills. Criminal Justice offers two transferable paths (Certificate and IB Career Programme). The Military Science path is only available to students on transfer for the IB Program.

Program Location

Gar-Field High School
Coordinator: Mr. Bassett
Email: bassetbm@pwcs.edu
Telephone: 703.730.7000
Website: GFHS Law & Public Safety

Pathways To Global Citizenship

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. As a result, the Pathways program provides thematically grouped plans across five academic houses. Upon entry to Gainesville High School each student will select a preferred academic pathway, intended to ensure that all students have a rigorous academic experience commensurate with their interests and academic goals. Pathways include:

  • Language & Culture
  • Engineering, Math, and Automation
  • Science, Health, and Medicine
  • Political Science and Criminology
  • Independent Study and Scholarship

Program Location

Gainesville High School
Coordinators: TBD
Telephone: 703.791.7200
Website: Pathways @ Gainesville

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Supervisor:
Karima Wesselhoft
wesselka@pwcs.edu

Secretary:
Karen Fulton
fultonkl@pwcs.edu