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.

International Baccalaureate Online Application UPDATE: If you are a Henrico County Public School eighth grader interested in applying to the IB Programs at Henrico and/or Tucker High Schools, please note that applying to both IB schools is no longer considered a ‘No Preference’ selection as the pop-up and other materials may convey. Instead, the applications made to both sites will be evaluated independently by each school, and the applicant will receive a separate status response from each of them. Should the student be accepted by both schools, the student will have the opportunity to select his/her preference. If a student is accepted to one IB site but not the other, the status is not transferrable. 

Center for Communications and Media Relations
Varina High School
7053 Messer Road
Henrico, VA 23231
Contact: Beverley A. Lanier 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: Denise Williams 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: Nancy Friesen – Interim 804-527-4618
Directions to Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship