THE ACADEMIES OF PHOEBUS HIGH SCHOOL

 

academy of advanced college experience

ACE provides students with early exposure to the academic rigors and intellectual challenges of college-level work through a structured blend of high school and college curriculum. With the opportunity to complete their high school diploma and associate of arts degree simultaneously, ACE results in substantially reduced college tuition costs and the time spent earning postsecondary degrees.
The ACE is highly competitive, offering only 125 slots per grade level, starting with the freshmen cohort. Rising 9th-grade students applying to ACE must meet HCS admissions guidelines: 1) complete Algebra I in middle school with a minimum final grade of B each semester; 2) enter high school with a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA; and 3) achieve passing scores on SOL math and reading tests.
Once admitted into ACE at Phoebus High School, students pursue the Advanced Studies Diploma course of study. During sophomore year, students take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), which is required by Thomas Nelson Community College for dual enrollment placement. Students have the option of two pathways. Both pathways lead to students qualifying for the Virginia Early College Program. Students who complete the program with a certain grade point average can benefit from special admission agreements with other Virginia colleges and universities, including Old Dominion University, College of William and Mary, Christopher Newport University, and University of Virginia.

 

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Rising 9th-grade students will apply to ACE in accordance with the guidelines outlined by HCS.  Admissions requirements are as follows:

I. Completion of Algebra I in middle school with a minimum final grade of B each semester
II. Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA
III. Passing scores on SOL math and reading tests 

Once admitted into ACE, students will pursue the Advanced Studies Diploma course of study. During the sophomore year, students will take the Virginia Placement Test (VPT), which is required by Thomas Nelson Community College for dual enrollment placement.

The ACE Academy is highly competitive, offering only 125 slots per grade level. As such, it is imperative that families honor all deadlines. Students are advised to work closely with their school counselor and college and career coach to ensure they have the proper foundational courses for their designated track in their schedules each term.


Degrees and Credits Awarded

Associate of Social Science
This degree is designed for students who wish to complete a bachelor’s degree in the social sciences. Students earn a minimum of 61 credit hours through curriculum and enrichment learning programs that emphasize cultural and social understanding, critical thinking, written and oral communication, quantitative and scientific reasoning, and information literacy to develop skills required in the workplace or for baccalaureate studies in programs such as psychology, economics, education, political science, anthropology, history, and sociology.

Common careers with an Associate of Science – Social Science degree include: paralegal, teacher assistant, instructional aide, administrative assistant, social service assistant, data entry clerk, educational office administrator, personal assistant, helpline operator, police officer, fire or ambulance dispatcher, home health and personal care worker, and social science research assistant for city, state or federal government agencies.

Associate of Science
This degree focuses on physical or natural science and is designed for students interested in a pre-professional or scientific program. Students will earn a minimum of 60 credit hours through curriculum and enrichment learning programs that focus on training students to think scientifically and develop skills required in the workplace or for baccalaureate studies in programs such as science, mathematics, or computer science.

Common careers with an Associate of Science degree include: medical assistant, dental hygienist, physical therapist assistant, nuclear medicine technologist, medical stenographer, home health aide, nursing assistant, air traffic controller, radiation therapist, web developer, electrical and electronics engineering technician, and avionics equipment mechanics and technicians.

 

General Course Curriculum

Students will take all courses required for an Advanced Studies Diploma. Where appropriate, dual enrollment courses will replace a traditional HCS course. Below is a general overview of the courses students will need to take in the academy.

9th Grade

English
English 9 or Honors

Math
Geometry (or higher)

History
World History I (or higher)

Science
Biology

Elective
Foreign Language

10th Grade

English
English 10 or Honors

Math
Algebra II (or higher)

History
World History II (or higher)

Science
Chemistry

CTE Course
Economics and Personal Finance

Elective
Foreign Language

11th Grade

English
DE English

Math
DE Math

History
DE History

Science
DE Science

Elective
Foreign Language (student must complete 3 years of one language or 2 years of 2 different languages)

12th Grade

English
DE English

Math
DE Math

History
DE Political Science

Science
DE Science

Students will also take a College Success Skills (SDV 100) course, as well as additional dual enrollment courses in health and physical education, social science, and humanities during their junior and senior years. Students will take SDV100 during the summer between their sophomore and junior year. The number of courses required varies and is dictated by the degree being sought.

 

 

 

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