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​​about icta

At Center I, we are leading the work to revision the academy model in Albemarle Schools. Opening in August 2020, the Information and Communications Technology Academy will be the fourth academy in ACPS joining Math Engineering Science Academy (MESA), Health and Medical Science Academy (HMSA), and Environmental Studies Academy (ESA). Like the other academies, the ICTA will serve a small community of students that are highly interested in a specific area. Also like our other academies, participating in ICTA is only a part of a student’s schedule allowing them to continue to participate in many of the other great opportunities in Albemarle Schools.

ICTA has its own private campus centrally located off Greenbrier Drive near Costco. The facility was built and designed to emulate a modern work environment and is often remarked by visitors that it looks and feels like “Google Headquarters”. Shuttle buses run daily from each school departing after all other busses arrive in the morning and returning before the end of the school day. There is also plenty of parking for any students who choose to drive.

ICTA offers a collection of courses designed to both meet core graduation requirements as well as develop talent ​within areas such as Cybersecurity, Game Design, and Media Communications. With thematic, integrated core courses students will find their studies in these areas to be relevant to the skills they are developing in their elective courses. Teachers at ICTA develop learning experiences using Project Based Learning to enhance engagement and draw in student interest.

Below is a breakdown of pathways that students can pursue in ICTA. Students may study one or more pathways over their High School career.

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our pathways

media communications

Studying media communications prepares students for a range of careers and college programs including broadcasting, journalism, animation, writing, audio production, social media content creation, and filmmaking.

Academy Coursework

Complementary Coursework

Courses below are taught at the base high schools and make great companion electives to ict academy coursework. Students that have found interest and success in one or more of these courses may want to consider the ict academy to further develop their skillset.

  • Audio Production
  • Television Production
  • Filmmaking
  • Visual Art
  • Creative Writing

cybersecurity

Cybersecurity is one of Virginia’s fastest growing career fields. Students who study cybersecurity are prepared for careers and college programs in cyber defense, information systems, computer networking, and information security analytics.

Academy Coursework

Complementary Coursework

Courses below are taught at the base high schools and make great companion electives to academy coursework. Students that have found interest and success in any one or more of these courses may want to consider the ict academy to further develop their skillset.

  • Design Multimedia and Web Technologies
  • Computer Science
  • Visual Art
  • Computer Network Hardware (CATEC)

game design & development

Game design and development is a pathway for a wide variety of careers and college programs such as software development, graphic and animation design, computer programming, and computer game development.

Academy Coursework

Comple​mentary Coursework

Courses below are taught at the base high schools and make great companion electives to academy coursework. Students that have found interest and success in any one or more of these courses may want to consider the ict academy to further develop their skillset.

  • Design, Multimedia, and Web Technologies
  • Computer Science
  • Visual Art
  • Creative Writing
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logistics

icta students attend every other day and continue to attend their base high school on the opposite day. Students remain eligible to participate in performances, athletics, and activities as part of their base high school.

admissions

Students request to participate in icta by selecting a pathway in the parent portal while course requests are open or registering through their school counselor. There is no application process.

transportation

icta students can ride ACPS busses or provide t​heir own transportation to Center I.​

core courses

In addition to the academy courses listed above, students can also earn credit towards core graduation requirements. These courses are themed and integrated into the information and communication technology coursework. 

Courses include English 10, 11, 12, World History 2, US/VA History, Government, and Economics/Personal Finance. Credit can be earned at the academic or honors level where applicable, Dual Enrollment options are also available. ​​​​​​​

contact us

Michael Craddock
Director, Center I
434-244-8900
mcraddock@k12albemarle.org​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

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