Eighth-graders can learn about high school options

In addition to rigorous and relevant instruction in every school, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers high school students the opportunity to attend specialty centers and governor’s schools that target specific interests. Students apply during eighth grade, so middle school students and parents interested in learning more about these high school opportunities are invited to information fairs and open houses.

Information fairs offer general information and give families a chance to visit booths, ask questions and pick up information. All 12 specialty centers, both governor’s schools, the Chesterfield Technical Center, CCPSOnline and the Transportation Department of Chesterfield County Public Schools will participate in two information fairs:

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Thomas Dale High (main campus), 3626 W. Hundred Road
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Clover Hill High, 13301 Kelly Green Lane

    Open houses at specialty centers and governor’s schools provide in-depth information about each site:

  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 8 for the Information Technology Specialty Center at Matoaca High, 17700 Longhouse Lane
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 10 for the International Baccalaureate Program at Meadowbrook High, 4901 Cogbill Road
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 10 for the International Baccalaureate Program at Midlothian High,401 Charter Colony Parkway
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 21 for the Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill High, 13301 Kelly Green Lane
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 29 for the Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High, 3700 James River Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 30 for Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, 1000 N. Lombardy St. in Richmond
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 6 for the Health Science Specialty Center at Cosby High, 14300 Fox Club Parkway
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 7 for Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, 512 W. Washington St. in Petersburg
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 12 for the Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center at Thomas Dale High (main campus), 3626 W. Hundred Road
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 13 for the Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies at Lloyd C. Bird High, 10301 Courthouse Road
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 14 for the Humanities Specialty Center at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 18 for the Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 19 for the Spanish Immersion Specialty Center at Manchester High, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 19 for the Mass Communications Specialty Center at Manchester High, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road

Applications for specialty centers are available at mychesterfieldschools.com. Applications for governor’s schools will be available starting Oct. 15 in middle school counseling offices. Dec. 2 is the deadline to apply to attend a specialty center or governor’s school for the 2014-2015 school year. Students will find out in March if they have been accepted. More information about the specialty centers and governor’s schools is available here: http://mychesterfieldschools.com/schools/specialty-centers/.

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