Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School

The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School is a school-within a school. The academy has been designed through a collaborative effort between Alexandria City Public Schools and The George Washington University. Through this collaboration, students will have the ability to receive up to 18 college credits from The GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to start a career pathway that leads to an Associate and/or Bachelor degree as well as earning career related industry certifications. Students who successfully complete an academy pathway meeting minimum credit and GPA requirements will be offered guaranteed admissions to the GWU School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

See the Academy web page at www.acps.k12.va.us/healthsciences.

Academy Goals:

  • Provide expanded options for students’ health science literacy and other critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare students for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skills health sciences careers in the Commonwealth of Virginia and will provide a comprehensive career readiness curriculum;
  • Use hands-on collaborative learning and lab experiences to better prepare students for rapidly changing, technologically enhanced health science fields;
  • Build on the strength of existing CTE program areas within the high school;
  • Improve academic achievement of Academy students by increasing academic rigor and relevance within selected pathways;
  • Increase completion of dual enrollment courses;
  • Increase high school graduation rates; and reduce dropout rates;
  • Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education;
  • Reduce the proportion of student requiring remediation in college;
  • Increase the number of industry certifications awarded to high school students; and
  • Increase the number of graduates employed in high-wage, high-demand, high-skilled careers.

Students will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge incorporated in their health sciences fields of study;
  • Benefit from specialized, project-based courses which develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills;
  • Acquire greater communication and collaborative skills;
  • Develop workplace readiness skills;
  • Receive opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the workforce and when applying to advanced training schools or postsecondary institutions;
  • Obtain meaningful hands-on experiences in their career pathway studies;
  • Benefit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, clinical, and cooperative experiences, providing the student with an advantage when entering postsecondary education and/or the workplace; and
  • Reduce post-secondary education costs and time for degree completion.

Freshman Application Process:

The first Academy class started in the Fall of 2018 with students in the class of 2022. The application will be available online in early February 2020 and will include three short essays, transcript, and three teacher or other recommendations. Applications will be due in late March or Early April 2020. After the applications have been received the academy team will review all applicants and make final decisions regarding admissions. Students will be notified by May 29 about their status. An academy orientation program will be offered in June and students will sign a commitment letter to complete the process.

Students selected for the Academy will be required to complete a 2-week Summer Bridge College Preparatory Program during the summer before they start the academy.

Sophomore Application Process:

During the first three years of the Academy students may apply to start the program during their sophomore year. The number of students selected will be determined by the number of available seats in the academy. A sophomore application will be available online in February 2020 and will include three short essays, transcript, three teacher or other recommendations. Applications will be due in April 2020. After the applications have been received the academy team will review them and identify the top candidates. These candidates will then be interviewed before a final decision is made. Students will be notified by May 29 about their status. An academy orientation program will be offered in June where students will sign a commitment letter to complete the process.

Students will be required to complete Dual Enrollment Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences during the summer. The course will be offered through a combination of face to face meetings and online assignments.

Proposed Academy Pathways:

All courses are offered for dual enrollment credit with the George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Academy Pathway

Year I

9th Grade

Year II

10th Grade

Year III

11th Grade

Year IV

12th Grade

Possible Degrees

Surgical

Dual Enrollment Introduction to Health and Medical Sciences

*Students admitted to the program as rising sophomores complete this course the summer between grades 9-10

Dual Enrollment Medical Terminology with Anatomy and Physiology

Dual Enrollment Sterile Processing

Dual Enrollment Surgical Technologist II (3 credits)

Surgical Technology, A.A.S.

Health Sciences, B.S.

Nursing

Dual Enrollment Nurse Aide I (2 credits)

Dual Enrollment Nurse Aide II (2 credits)

Nursing, A.A.S.

Health Sciences, B.S.

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Dual Enrollment Medical Laboratory Technology I

Dual Enrollment Medical Laboratory Technology II

Medical Lab Tech, A.A.S.

Medical Laboratory Sciences

Sports Medicine

Dual Enrollment Sports Medicine I

Dual Enrollment Sports Medicine II

(2 credits)

Physical Therapy

Health Sciences, B.S.

Pharmacy

Dual Enrollment Pharmacy Technician I

Dual Enrollment Pharmacy Technician II

(2 credits)

Certificate of Pharmacy Tech

Health Sciences, B.S.

Emergency Medical Services

Dual Enrollment Emergency Medical Technician I & II

(2 credits)

Dual Enrollment Emergency Medical Technician III

Emergency Medical Services, A.A.S.

Emergency Medical Services, B.S.

Biomedical Informatics

Dual Enrollment Biotechnology Foundations in Health and Medical Sciences

Dual Enrollment Health Informatics

Health Information
Management, A.A.S.

Medical Informatics, B.S.