Center I is the first ACPS high school center designed to offer students a modern learning experience in a place where they are supported and where they can succeed.
Center I will accept high school seniors in 2019-20, expanding to other grades for the 2020-2021 school year.
Operating in ways that will maximize student achievement - both in present day academic pursuits and lifelong experiences - Center One students attend one alternating day throughout the school year. Center I students are Seniors that are ready for the challenge and flexibility of an "early college" experience and/or has passions and interests that they are looking to pursue further. Courses offered at Center I are college level courses taught by either College Professors or qualified ACPS Faculty. Tutoring and mentorship opportunities are guaranteed for every student to ensure a successful Senior year.
English and Government
New for Fall 2019, Seniors can schedule both Composition I and II (meeting the English 12 requirement) as well as US Government I and II (meeting the US/VA Government requirement). These classes will meet on a typical Community College schedule with two classes a week for an hour and fifteen minutes each class. Students will earn 12 transferable college credits with these courses.
Additional College Coursework Options
Options to build on - a student has complete flexibility with the rest of the day. At Center I additional Community College courses can be taken as well. All Associates Degrees require one of three IT related courses: Information Literacy, Principles of Information Systems, or Introduction to Computing - all of which will be available at Center I. Should a student also take the first year orientation course (SDV 100), students can earn up to 16 credits.
Experiential Learning Opportunities In addition to or separate from coursework options students can choose from additional learning experiences. In a self directed learning (SDL) experience students partner with a mentor teacher and develop a learning plan to explore an area of interest. Students can also participate in work-based learning opportunities or have time to make a deeper commitment to a place of employment.
Designed to implement the concepts behind the division’s
High School Redesign and High School Centers programs, Center I will pioneer the use of many of the new ideas and systems before they debut across the County. These new concepts range from different report cards, ID cards with multiple purposes, new ways to build portfolios, and even new ideas for school lunch services.