VPCC-ACE creates an opportunity for students to complete a sequence of college-credit courses that will also count for high school graduation and earn up to two years of transferable college credit, tuition free, while still in high school. VPCC-ACE offers a three-year, academically rigorous program that allows students to progress toward their next academic goal by compressing the timeline to obtain a college degree. In addition to the opportunity to earn a high school diploma and college degree simultaneously, the benefits include saving money on college tuition costs, a seamless transition from high school to college, and increased opportunities to earn higher wages. Students in VPCC-ACE have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Social Science, Associate of Science, and beginning in 2023, Associate of Health Science degree before they graduate from high school, which increases career opportunities and postsecondary options.
Rising 9th-grade students will apply to VPCC- ACE in accordance with the guidelines outlined by HCS. Admissions requirements are as follows:
I. Completion of Algebra I in middle school
II. Passing score on Algebra I SOL
Rising 10th-grade students will apply to VPCC- ACE in accordance with the guidelines outlined by HCS. Admissions requirements are as follows:
I. Completion of Geometry in ninth grade
II. Minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA, as required by Virginia Peninsula Community College for dual enrollment
III. Passing score on Algebra I SOL
Once admitted into VPCC- ACE, students will pursue the Advanced Studies Diploma course of study. During the sophomore year, students will take the PSAT, which is required by Virginia Peninsula Community College for dual enrollment placement.
The VPCC- ACE Academy is highly competitive, offering only 100 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.
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.
Associate of Health Science
This degree focuses on life science subjects such as anatomy and physiology, chemistry, nutrition, and pathophysiology and is designed for students interested in the health and well-being of human beings and animals. Students will earn a minimum of 60 credit hours through instruction and enrichment learning programs focused on training students to think scientifically and develop skills required in the workplace or for baccalaureate studies or higher-level degree in the health science field: public health, exercise science, and/or pre-professional tracks in Health Professions. Professionals who work in allied health professions actively engage as team members to prevent, diagnose, and treat a range of conditions and illnesses. Common careers with an Associate of Science degree include: cardiovascular technician, health educator, paramedic, anesthesia technician, dental hygienist, health services administrator, nutritionist, occupational or physical therapy assistant, epidemiologist, respiratory therapist, surgical technician, and registered health information technician.
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.
English 9 Honors
Geometry (or higher)
World History I Honors or
AP Human Geography
English 10 Honors
Algebra II (or higher)
World History II Honors or
AP World History
DE Health (one semester)
DE Public Speaking (one semester)
Foreign Language (student must complete 3 years of one language or 2 years of 2 different languages)
DE Political Science
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