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.

Specialty Center Open House Dates
OPEN HOUSE SCHEDULE: All Open Houses begin at 7 p.m.

Specialty Center

Date

Location

 The Advanced Career Education Center at Hermitage

Oct. 23, 2017

Hermitage H.S. Auditorium

Advance College Academy, Business Administration

Oct. 24, 2017

Highland Springs H.S. Auditorium

Center for Engineering

Oct. 25, 2017

Highland Springs H.S. Auditorium

International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs

Oct. 26, 2017

Henrico H.S. Auditorium

The Advanced Career Education Center at Highland Springs

Oct. 30, 2017

Highland Springs H.S. Auditorium

International Baccalaureate Middle Years and Diploma Programs

Nov. 2, 2017

J.R. Tucker H.S. Auditorium

Advance College Academy, Social Sciences

Nov. 8, 2017

J.R. Tucker H.S. Auditorium

Center for Spanish Language & Global Citizenship

Nov. 9, 2017

J.R. Tucker H.S. Auditorium

Center for Communications & Media Relations

Nov. 14, 2017

Varina H.S. Center for Communications

Center for Humanities

Nov. 16, 2017

Hermitage H.S. Auditorium

Center for the Arts

Nov. 20, 2017

Henrico H.S. Auditorium

Center for Education and Human Development

Nov. 30, 2017

Glen Allen H.S. Auditorium

Center for Leadership Government and Global Economics

Dec. 5, 2017

Douglas S. Freeman H.S. Auditorium

Center for Information Technology

Dec. 6, 2017

Deep Run H.S. Auditorium

The Todd A. Phillips Center For Medical Science

Dec. 7, 2017

Mills Godwin H.S. Auditorium

Specialty Center Student Timeline

  1. Nov. 20, 2017 – Application will be available online
  2. Nov. 20, 2017 – Private school testing registration will open
  3. Jan. 12, 2018 – Application deadline for students
  4. Jan. 4, 2018 – Private school testing registration deadline
  5. Jan. 27, 2018 – Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship testing
  6. Feb. 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 wait-list offers online. Students may accept one center and one wait-list spot. Students may remain on one wait list 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. Nov. 20, 2017 – Private school testing registration will open
  2. Jan. 4, 2018 – Private school testing registration deadline
  3. January 2018 – Private school/home school testing dates:

NWEA Reading & Math Tests
Jan. 5, 2018 at Eastern Henrico Government Center (9 a.m.)
Jan. 11, 2018 at Eastern Henrico Government Center (2 p.m.)
Jan. 18, 2018 at Eastern Henrico Government Center (9 a.m.)

HATS Test
Jan. 23, 2018 at Eastern Henrico Government Center (9-10:30 a.m.; or 4:30-6 p.m.)
Jan. 24, 2018 at Eastern Henrico Government Center (9-10:30 a.m. or 4:30-6 p.m.)

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

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

All testing will take place at the Eastern Henrico Government Center, 3820 Nine Mile Road, Henrico, Va. 23223.

Seating for testing is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register as soon as possible.
There are no exceptions 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 Ave.
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 Ave.
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 J.R. 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