Specialty Programs

Specialty programs focus on career exploration, subject area concentration, and college/university preparation. Prince William County Public Schools provides excellent opportunities for students to explore a wide variety of special programs in our schools. These “specialty” programs give students the chance to investigate careers ranging from building trades to advanced computer science. Students participating in these programs can earn certifications, licenses, or other professional credentials in an area of study. Students can choose from programs tailored to their strengths and interests as they prepare for post-secondary experiences, whether they plan to enter the workforce directly, seek additional training, or enroll in a post-secondary institution. 

High School Specialty Programs

Advanced Academics and Specialty Program (AASP) opportunities:

Advanced Placement Scholars(AP), Biotechnology, Cambridge Programme, Center for Applied Sciences, Interactive and Information Technology (CASIIT), Center for Environmental Sciences (CENS), Center for Fine and Performing Arts (CFPA), Center for International Studies and Language (CISL), International Baccalaureate (IB), Information Technology (IT), Fine and Performing Arts, Governor’s School @ Innovation Park, Pathways to Global Citizenship, and Pre-Governor's School.

Career and Technical Education (CTE) Transfer Opportunities:

Agriculture, Automotive Technology, Aviation Maintenance, Biomedical Science, Building Trades, Cabinetmaking, Cybersecurity, Electricity, Medical Coding and Billing, Pharmacy Technician, Plumbing, Television Production, and Welding. 

CTE Transport Opportunities:

Cosmetology, Culinary Arts, Firefighting, and Practical Nursing. 

Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC)

If your school does not offer Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC), you may apply for a school-based transfer through the JROTC webpage.

Applications and Admission

Specialty Program applications will be available beginning November 1.

Specialty Programs are available by application to students. Students may apply to:

  • Attend a program at their base school
  • Transfer to a program at another school
  • Attend a CTE transport program for part of the day and attend all other classes and activities at their base school

Transfer Program Applications

All students must apply for admission through the PWCS Specialty Program application beginning November 1. All applications are due on February 1.

*Applications to The Center for Fine and Performing Arts at Colgan High School are due on Monday, December 7, 2020.

Transport Program Applications

CTE Transport program applications are accessed and processed by the site school. Applications are due on March 15, 2021. Please see each program website for specific information.


Transfer Programs

Students living within the boundaries of the specialty program school may ride their regular bus to school. Students who reside outside the program school boundaries may utilize the network of express bus stops. Transportation requests must be returned to the school with the specialty program application and again for every year the student is enrolled in the program. Parents have the responsibility to provide transportation to and from express bus stops.

Transport Programs

Students attend all core and non-program classes and activities at their base school. A PWCS bus transports students between their base school and their program school for all CTE program classes daily, returning in time to ride their regular bus home.

Middle School Programs

Nine middle schools in PWCS offer Specialty Programs. These programs are available by application. Please see the Middle School Programs Website for more information.

Programs Offered:

  • International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Same Gender Program
  • Traditional School
  • World Languages

Elementary School Programs

PWCS offers a variety of Specialty Programs at the elementary level. These programs are available by application. Please see the Elementary School Programs Website for more information.

Programs Offered:

  • International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme
  • Mathematics and Science
  • Traditional School
  • World Languages

Virginia High School League Eligibility

Students who enter such programs as rising ninth graders are eligible to participate in Virginia High School League sponsored (VHSL) activities. Once a student establishes eligibility in a high school, and the student transfers to another high school, the student shall be ineligible for 365 days unless there is a corresponding change of address in accordance with Virginia High School League Rule 28A-7.

If a student is dismissed by the program director from the designated site program for not meeting the program requirements, the student shall return to his or her base school the following school year.

Complete details regarding VHSL eligibility are outlined in PWCS Regulation 640.2.