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High School Specialty Programs Charting a Path to Excellence

Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

Learn about specific specialty programs during upcoming open houses. Representatives of our specialty programs, Career & Technical Education (CTE) programs, and Junior ROTC will be on hand during their scheduled session to answer your questions and provide detailed information about their respective programs. Preview information about each program in the online specialty programs brochure.

The application deadline is February 1, 2018 for most high schools. Many students enter specialty programs and CTE transfer programs as freshman, while CTE transport programs typically start during the sophomore or junior year. It is important to note that an application is required even when the program location is in the student’s base school.

If a program receives applications for more students than the program can accept or the school can house, a lottery is used to select program participants. Due to enrollment capacity at a given school, a program may close to new transfer students.

Specialty Programs

Ninth-grade students may participate in the comprehensive program at their base high school, apply for the specialty program at their base high school, or apply to transfer to another high school for a specialty program.

Presentations Begin at 7:00 p. m. on these dates unless otherwise noted

*Check school websites for weather-related cancellations.

Advanced Placement Scholars

Patriot High School

Monday, November 20, 2017

Monday, January 8, 2018

Woodbridge High School

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

The Biotechnology Center

Osbourn Park High School

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

The Cambridge Programme

Brentsville District High School

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Potomac High School

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Center for Environmental and Natural Sciences

Freedom High School

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Center for the Fine and Performing Arts

*In order to be considered for the program, students must complete and submit the Application Packet and participate in a live audition. Application deadline is December 11, earlier than standard specialty programs.

Colgan High School

Monday, November 13, 2017

Center for Information Technology

*for IT Cyber Security see dates under Career and Technical Education

Battlefield High School

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Thursday, January 11, 2018

Forest Park High School

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Center for International Studies and Languages

Hylton High School

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

International Baccalaureate Programme

Gar-Field High School

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Stonewall Jackson High School

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 11, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

The Pre-Governor’s School @ Osbourn Park

Osbourn Park High School

Wednesday, November 29, 2017 @ 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m.

Career and Technical Education

For students who have a strong sense of the career area they wish to pursue, Career and Technical Education programs provide an opportunity to explore their interest while gaining valuable knowledge and skills in preparation for a career or post-secondary studies.

Information sessions are open to students in grades 8–11.

Transfer Programs:  Agriculture, auto technology, cabinet making, cyber security, Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC), plumbing, television production, and welding sequences require students to transfer to the school that offers the program once they are accepted.

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