Each HCPS high school is home to at least one specialty center, offering Henrico County students choices to focus their learning experiences. The centers offer advanced courses to students who have clear interests and specific educational and/or career goals. Attending a specialty center is an opportunity to concentrate on a specialized interest while completing a rigorous college-preparatory program.

Rising ninth-graders may apply to the specialty center of their choice. Each specialty center has specific requirements and testing as part of the admissions process. Informational sessions are held each fall for the following school year.

Transportation is arranged from the neighborhood bus stop, using the student’s home address, and provided to each center or school. The transportation page includes detailed information about transportation for students attending specialty centers or alternative schools. Students must register by completing a School Bus Request Form (PDF).

To find out more about each specialty center, click on the center of your choice, or contact the counselor at your school.

Each Session starts at 7:00pm

Highland Springs High School September 27, 2017

Freeman High School October 3, 2017

Glen Allen High School October 10, 2017

Hermitage High School October 18, 2017

All 8th graders and their parents are invited to attend one of the Specialty Center Information Sessions listed above. Please attend the session that is most convenient for you. All sessions are the same and will give information about all of the specialty centers that Henrico County Public Schools has to offer.

Specialty Center Open House Dates
OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE: All Open Houses begin at 7:00pm

 The Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage

October 23, 2017

Hermitage Auditorium

Advance College Academy, Business Administration

October 24, 2017

Highland Springs High School Auditorium

Center for Engineering

October 25, 2017

Highland Springs High School Auditorium

International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs

October 26, 2017

Henrico High School Auditorium

The Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs

October 30, 2017

Highland Springs Auditorium

International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs

November 2, 2017

Tucker High School Auditorium

Advance College Academy, Social Sciences

November 8, 2017

Tucker High School Auditorium

Center for Spanish Language & Global Citizenship

November 9, 2017

Tucker High School Auditorium

Center for Communications & Media Relations

November 14, 2017

Varina HS Center for Communications

Center for Humanities

November 16, 2017

Hermitage High School Auditorium

Center for the Arts

November 20, 2017

Henrico High School Auditorium

Center for Education and Human Development

November 30, 2017

Glen Allen High School Auditorium

Center for Leadership Government and Global Economics

December 5, 2017

Freeman High School Auditorium

Center for Information Technology

December 6, 2017

Deep Run High School Auditorium

The Todd A. Phillips Center For Medical Science

December 7, 2017

Godwin High School Auditorium

Specialty Center Student Timeline

  1. November 20, 2017 – Application will be available online
  2. November 20, 2017 – Private School testing registration will open
  3. January 12, 2018 – Application deadline for students
  4. January 4, 2018 – Private School Testing Registration Deadline
  5. January 27, 2018 – Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship Testing
  6. February 3, 2018 – Auditions for Center for the Arts
  7. March 9, 2018 – Students provided online access to check application status/acceptance
  8. March 23, 2018 – Deadline for applicants to declare intent or accept waitlist offers online. Students may accept one center and one waitlist. Students may remain on one waitlist until March 30.
  9. March 30, 2018 – All students being offered a spot from the wait list must inform specialty center chairs of their intent to accept an offer of admission.

Private School/Home School Student Testing Information

All eighth-graders in Henrico County applying for a specialty center must take the Direct Writing HAT and NWEA test in language arts and math in the fall. These assessments will be used as criteria for specialty center admissions. The HAT and NWEA test sessions will be offered in January to any Henrico resident who does not attend an HCPS middle school.

  1. November 20, 2017 – Private School testing registration will open
  2. January 4, 2018 – Private School Testing Registration Deadline
  3. January 2018 – Private School/Home School testing dates:

NWEA Reading & Math Tests
January 5, 2018 at Eastern Government Building (9am)
January 11, 2018 at Eastern Government Building (2pm)
January 18, 2018 at Eastern Government Building (9am)

HATS Test
January 23, 2018 at Eastern Government Building (9am-10:30am; or 4:30-6pm)
January 24, 2018 at Eastern Government Building (9am-10:30am or 4:30-6pm)

Parents must register for testing in advance at the following web address: http://tinyurl.com/henricoprivateschooltesting (link will not be available until November 20, 2017)

If you have questions regarding testing for the private school students, please email Lesley Brown at hcpsspecialtycenter@gmail.com

All testing will take place at the Eastern Government Building, located at 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, VA 23223

Seating for testing is limited, and is on a first come first serve bases. Please register as soon as possible.
There are no acceptations to the registration deadline date.

Center for Communications and Media Relations
Varina High School
7053 Messer Road
Henrico, VA 23231
Contact: Heidi Craft 804-226-3139
Directions to Center for Communications and Media Relations


Center for Education and Human Development
Glen Allen High School
10700 Staples Mill Road
Glen Allen, VA 23060
Contact: Ryan M. Conway 804-501-3329
Directions to Center for Education and Human Development


Center for Engineering
Highland Springs High School
15 S. Oak Avenue
Highland Springs, VA 23075
Contact: Billy W. Batkins 804-328-4073
Directions to Center for Engineering


Center for the Humanities
Hermitage High School
8301 Hungary Spring Road
Henrico, VA 23228
Contact: Bruce Marr 804-756-3017
Directions to Center for the Humanities


Center for Information Technology
Deep Run High School
4801 Twin Hickory Road
Glen Allen, VA 23059
Contact: Lynne M. Norris 804-364-8027
Directions to Center for Information Technology

International Baccalaureate Programs
Henrico High School
302 Azalea Avenue
Henrico, VA 23227
Contact: Priscilla Biddle, 804-228-2745
Directions to International Baccalaureate Program at Henrico High School

J.R. Tucker High School
2910 Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23294
Contact: Ellie Harper, 804-967-2320
Directions to International Baccalaureate Program at Tucker High School

International Baccalaureate Programs Office
April Craver 804-261-6440


Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics
Douglas S. Freeman High School
8701 Three Chopt Road
Henrico, VA 23229
Contact: Robert F. Peck 804-673-3700
Directions to Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics


Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences
Mills E. Godwin High School
2101 Pump Road
Henrico, VA 23238
Contact: Kelly Ostrom 804-750-2600
Directions to Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences


Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship
J.R. Tucker High School
2910 Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23294
Contact: Susan Hester 804-527-4618
Directions to Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship