Specialty Center Project Description
READ FIRST REGARDING ALL PROJECTS! Your written responses should be in black ink, and you must be sure your writing can be read easily by others. If you use word processing, use 12 pt. Times or Times New Roman, and use a double-spaced format. Print or type your full name, student number, and your current school name on the top left hand side of each sheet of paper. Use 1″ margins. Number your pages sequentially. Be specific in your written responses, and provide appropriate supporting examples.
Center for Information Technology: Deep Run High School In a concise, well-planned essay, explain why you would like to attend the Center for Information Technology. Be sure to include your future goals as they pertain to information technology, as well as any relevant experiences you have had with computer technology. Please limit your essay to 400 words.
Center for Leadership, Government and Global Economics: Freeman High School Author Stephen Covey writes, “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” Using an experience in your own life as evidence, assess Covey’s statement.
Center for Education and Human Development: Glen Allen High School Choose one quotation that defines who you are and explain why that quotation describes you so well. In addition, briefly explain why you would like to attend the Center for Education and Human Development.
Todd Allen Phillips Center for Medical Sciences: Godwin High School Respond to each of the following prompts. Please adhere to the length limits. Be aware that your responses will be compared with the in-class writing sample provided by your school.
1. What is your specific interest in the Center for Medical Sciences, and what opportunities would you take advantage of as a student here? (75 words or less)
2. What career(s) would you consider if you are not able to work in HealthCare? (25 words or less)
3. What is “success” in your opinion? (do not use a dictionary definition to answer this question) (50 words or less)
4. Describe something about yourself that separates you for other applicants. (50 words or less)
5. How will your academic pursuits change if you are not admitted to a specialty center? (50 words or less)
Center for the Humanities: Hermitage High School Pablo Picasso said, “Every act of creation is first an act of destruction.”
Please use the quotation above as inspiration to write an essay describing the role of creativity in your life and how you feel your creativity would help you succeed at the Center for Humanities.
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Write an essay explaining why you agree or disagree with the statement made by Picasso. Please explain your reasoning and use examples.
Center for Engineering: Highland Springs High School No Project.
IB Program: Henrico High School  Students and teachers in the International Baccalaureate Program aspire to ten Learner Profile traits which IB identifies as vital in guiding students to become more “internationally minded… recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet” and become “more responsible members of local, national and global communities.” These traits are inquiry, knowledge, thinking, and communicating, as well as being principled, caring, open-minded, risk-taking, reflecting and balanced.

Think about yourself. Choose an event in your life in which you think you really lived up to the best of what one of these traits represents. In an essay, write about the event, and explain how it demonstrates that particular Learner Profile trait in your life.

Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship: Tucker High School Students who are applying to the Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship are expected to attend a separate assessment that focuses on their Spanish skills. The assessment session will take place in the Immersion Building at Tucker High School. The test will take ninety minutes to two hours. Students should bring a number 2 pencil.Students will complete an entrance exam in Spanish. The exam will take approximately ninety minutes to complete. It is a multiple choice exam with a writing section. The exam will take place on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. in the Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship Building at Tucker High School. Classroom numbers and reporting locations will be posted within building.The use of reference material such as dictionaries and electronic devices will not be permitted during the assessment sessions, and all policies of the HCPS Code of Student Conduct will be in effect. The Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship reserves the right to reject the application of any student violating the rules of this session.

Students applicants are also required to submit an audio assessment via Schoology. Please see Schoology. Course for taking this assessment is the same course where you dropped your writing samples. Course: “Schoolname” Specialty Center Writing Samples

For additional information, questions, and schedule conflicts, please contact Suzie Hester, Director for Center for Spanish Language and Global Citizenship school counselor. You may reach her by email at shhester@henrico.k12.va.us or by phone at 527-4618.

Center for Communications and Media Relations: Varina High School No Project.
IB Program Tucker High School Students and teachers in the International Baccalaureate Program aspire to ten Learner Profile traits which IB identifies as vital in guiding students to become more “internationally minded… recognizing their common humanity and shared guardianship of the planet” and become “more responsible members of local, national and global communities.” These traits are inquiry, knowledge, thinking, and communicating, as well as being principled, caring, open-minded, risk-taking, reflecting and balanced.

Think about yourself. Choose an event in your life in which you think you really lived up to the best of what one of these traits represents. In an essay, write about the event, and explain how it demonstrates that particular Learner Profile trait in your life.

Center for the Arts Theater: Henrico High School All auditions will be held at Henrico High Schools Center for the arts facilities on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Students should be prepared to remain for the entire time of the audition. Please call 228-2718 if you are unable to keep your audition time. Students may audition for one or two curriculum areas but may enroll in only one area if accepted to the CFA. Call the CFA office at 228-2718 if you have questions about selecting an audition session.

Students should wear clothes they can move in: tights, sweats, leotards, T-shirts, or tank tops. Please do not wear clothes that have large drawings, writings, or advertisements on them.

Theatre applicants should prepare a monologue. A monologue is a cutting from a play that can stand on its own and does not require dialogue between two or more people. You will find books that contain monologues in your library or in bookstores. The monologue should be a minimum of one minute and a maximum of two minutes in length and must be memorized. Please avoid classical or Shakespearean monologues, and note that songs and poems DO NOT count as a monologue. Students will also participate in improvisational exercises with other applicants. Candidates will have a brief interview in which they will be asked about their interests in the CFA program and their theatrical experiences. Each candidate must stay for the entire audition time slot. Theatre auditions will take place in the CFA Black Box Theatre and the CFA Theatre classrooms.

Center for the Arts Visual Arts: Henrico High School All auditions will be held at Henrico High Schools Center for the arts facilities on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Students should be prepared to remain for the entire time of the audition. Please call 228-2718 if you are unable to keep your audition time. Students may audition for one or two curriculum areas but may enroll in only one area if accepted to the CFA. Call the CFA office at 228-2718 if you have questions about selecting an audition session.

Visual arts applicants should bring a portfolio of their artwork. This work may have been produced in a school art program, through private lessons, or at home. The portfolio should contain eight pieces of art. Included in your portfolio, we would like to see the following pieces: two drawings (mandatory) from life (not your imagination or copies of pictures); other pieces can be from your imagination but should demonstrate your best craftsmanship; variety of work including painting, drawing, printmaking, and collage; variety of subject matter such as portraits, landscapes, still-life, design, abstract work; and three-dimensional art (not mandatory). If you are currently enrolled in an art class at school, please bring work from your art class. If you are not, complete the life drawings at home.

The applicant will have a brief interview and drawing exercise to complete while waiting. Students should be prepared to discuss their reasons for wanting an advanced visual arts training at the center. Each candidate must stay for the entire audition time slot. Visual Arts auditions will be held in the CFA Visual Art Building.

Center for the Arts Musical Theater: Henrico High School All auditions will be held at Henrico High Schools Center for the arts facilities on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Students should be prepared to remain for the entire time of the audition. Please call 228-2718 if you are unable to keep your audition time. Students may audition for one or two curriculum areas but may enroll in only one area if accepted to the CFA. Call the CFA office at 228-2718 if you have questions about selecting an audition session.

Students should wear comfortable clothing for their auditions: leotard and tights, jazz pants, or sweat pants with a close fitting T-shirt. Bring jazz shoes for the dance audition if you have them. Otherwise, wear tennis shoes. No stocking feet or socks.

Individual vocal auditions will consist of one prepared piece of music from a Broadway musical or show, popular music, school choral music, church choral music, or any other solo vocal literature. Rap music is not acceptable for this audition. Students must perform the song with the accompaniment – no a cappella singing is permitted. Students may bring the sheet music as a pianist will be provided, or students may bring an accompaniment (instrumental or karaoke version with NO vocalists) on a CD, MP3 player, flash drive or iPhone. All CDs or devices must be clearly marked and cued to start. Students will also perform vocalizes to obtain range, aural memory, and vocal tone. Each candidate must stay for the entire audition time slot. Musical Theatre auditions will be held in the Henrico High School auditorium and the Henrico High School chorus room.

Center for the Arts Dance: Henrico High School All auditions will be held at Henrico High Schools Center for the arts facilities on Saturday, February 3, 2018.

Students should be prepared to remain for the entire time of the audition. Please call 228-2718 if you are unable to keep your audition time. Students may audition for one or two curriculum areas but may enroll in only one area if accepted to the CFA. Call the CFA office at 228-2718 if you have questions about selecting an audition session.

Students should wear clothes they can move in: leotards, tights, leggings, or jazz pants. No Tshirts, tank tops, sweat shirts, skirts, shorts, or jewelry can be worn. Wear clothes that do not have large patterns, drawings, writings, or advertisements on them. Bring any dance shoes that you own. No stocking feet or socks. Please have hair pulled back and fixed so it does not hinder movement.

Dance applicants will be asked to participate in a series of movements from several techniques such as ballet, jazz, and modern dance for approximately 90 minutes. Students will learn a short combination of steps that they will perform with a small group as part of the audition. No prepared solo dance is needed for the audition; all dance is taught at the time of the audition. Each student will also have a brief interview. Please be on time. If you come early, please use this extra time to stretch. Each candidate must stay for the entire audition time slot. Dance auditions will take place in the CFA Dance Studio.

Advance College Academy for Social Sciences: Tucker High School Success in college-level work requires certain habits of mind: exercising persistence, thinking, flexibly, finding humor, thinking about thinking, striving for accuracy, applying past knowledge to new situations, taking responsible risks, and developing creativity.

Reflecting back on your school years, describe how you have already developed up to three of these habits, and identify at least one habit you will need to develop further as a student in the Advance College Academy.

Advance College Academy for Business Administration: Highland Springs High School Success in college-level work requires certain habits of mind: exercising persistence, thinking, flexibly, finding humor, thinking about thinking, striving for accuracy, applying past knowledge to new situations, taking responsible risks, and developing creativity.

Reflecting back on your school years, describe how you have already developed up to three of these habits, and identify at least one habit you will need to develop further as a student in the Advance College Academy.