THE ACADEMIES OF PHOEBUS HIGH SCHOOL

 

academy of advanced college experience

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. In partnership with Virginia Peninsula Community College, 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 ACE have the opportunity to earn an Associate of Social Science or Associate of Science degree before they graduate from high school, which increases career opportunities and postsecondary options.

 

COLLEGE NOW! EARN AN ASSOCIATES WHILE SIMULTANEOUSLY EARNING YOUR HIGH SCHOOL DIPLOMA.

 

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 

II. Passing score on Algebra I SOL 


Rising 10th-grade students will apply to 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 Thomas Nelson Community College for dual enrollment

III. Passing score on Algebra I SOL 

 

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

The 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.

 

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.

 

Students will also take a College Success Skills (SDV 100) course. 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.  

 

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 Honors

Math

Geometry (or higher)

History

World History I Honors or

AP Human Geography

Science

Biology Honors

Elective

Foreign Language

10th Grade

English

English 10 Honors

Math

Algebra II (or higher)

History

World History II Honors or

AP World History

Science

Chemistry Honors

Health

DE Health (one semester)

Elective

DE Public Speaking (one semester)

Foreign Language

11th Grade

English

DE English

Math

DE Math

History

DE History

Science

DE Science

Elective

DE Psychology 

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

Elective

DE Elective

 

 

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