Parent Guide-HS Specialty Programs

Frequently Asked Questions

Overview

In Prince William County, all 8th grade students are eligible to apply for one or more high school specialty programs throughout the county. Programs cover a vast array of topics and interests, ranging from the arts to engineering and beyond. If students are accepted to a high school specialty program, they transfer to their new school for the duration of their 4 year high school career.


If students do not apply to any of the specialty programs, then they will attend their zoned base high school.

Where can I learn about the different programs?

I would encourage all parents to go to the specialty program website here:


https://www.pwcs.edu/UserFiles/Servers/Server_340140/File/Student%20Learning/Specialty%20Programs/HS_ProgramOpp_Brochure.pdf


Parents are also welcome to view the narrated PowerPoint presentation that was created for students.


Part I - Transition to High School

Part II - High School Specialty Programs

Part III - CTE and JROTC Programs

How does my student apply to a specialty program?

Students simply need to complete the online application. It is fairly simply, and mainly requires students to decide on their top 3 choices for specialty programs. Keep in mind that some programs, such as CFPA at Colgan, will only be conducting auditions for students who list it as their FIRST CHOICE. If you are interested in Pre-Governor's Program at Osbourn Park HS, you should also make that your FIRST CHOICE.

How can I learn more detailed information about each program?


Countywide Information Sessions (Held Virtually):



Tuesday, October 27th – 7PM


Thursday, October 29th – 7PM


REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: PLEASE CLICK HERE



Additionally, each of the PWCS high schools will be offering their own information nights:


Please click HERE to find a list of all the school based information nights offered across the county.*


*This document is live, and will be updated as more schools provide information about their information nights.

**Do some programs have additional requirements??**


YES.


For the overwhelming majority of programs, you just need to complete the online application.


However, there are a few programs that require and/or recommend that additional materials be completed.


The CFPA Program at Colgan High School - Students will need to complete an Audition/Portfolio packet. The Audition format (Virtual/In-Person) has not yet been determined.


The CISL Program at Hylton High School - They recommend that students complete two teacher recommendations and an essay. Please see the Hylton CISL Website


The Pre-Governor's Program at Osbourn Park High School - Students MUST complete an additional paper application which contains a student information sheet, research/study experience, and two teacher recommendations - available on Pre-Gov Website.

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How will transportation work?

PWCS DOES currently provide specialty program bus transportation. Keep in mind that it is a bit more limited in scope than the door-to-door neighborhood bus transportation. Usually local elementary and middle schools (including Rippon) are used as bus stops.
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Can I get help submitting my application?

Due to the virtual setting this year, Mr. Davison will be hosting multiple Zoom help sessions for students to get their questions answered and get any help needed with submitting their applications. A calendar of those dates will be sent out in the coming weeks.

ALL APPLICATIONS ARE DUE BY FEBRUARY 1st, 2021

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**THE ONLY EXCEPTION IS THE CFPA PROGRAM at COLGAN HIGH SCHOOL - THE DUE DATE FOR THIS PROGRAM IS DECEMBER 7th, 2020**

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Have additional questions?

Please feel free to contact me:


Mr. Davison

8th Grade Counselor

davisojj@pwcs.edu

571-589-3008