VSBA Showcases Three PWCS Programs as Successful Models

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Provided by Prince William County Schools (PWCS)

The Virginia School Boards Association (VSBA) has released its VSBA “Showcases for Success” directory, highlighting unique program offerings in Virginia’s public schools.

“In addition to highlighting some of the best practices taking place in Virginia’s schools, the Showcases for Success directory can serve as a starting point to develop similar programs in other school divisions,” said Gina G. Patterson, VSBA executive director.

The following three PWCS programs were recognized:

Career and Technical Education and Specialty Programs offer students an array of career choices that prepare them for high-demand jobs, with many leading to certifications upon graduation. Accelerated classes in high school specialty areas are available to all students through an application process.

The PWCS Summer Graduation Academy is offered to high school seniors with 24/7 online access to 19 courses at a fee of $25 per class, eliminating economic barriers. The Academy enables students, many of whom are English Learners and/or economically disadvantaged, to graduate on time.

PWCS has two traditional schools for students in grades one through eight that enroll students based on an application process. The schools emphasize writing, high academic expectations, community service, and parent volunteer hours. A school uniform is required. The schools are Porter Traditional School in Woodbridge and Pennington Traditional School in Manassas.

Virginia School Boards Association is a voluntary, nonpartisan organization of Virginia school boards.


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