Specialty Program Applications

The technical problem with the specialty program application has been resolved. All links are available in the Applications and Admission section of this page.

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 in elementary, middle, and high school 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.

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High School Programs

High school students can choose from Advanced Academics, Specialty, and CTE Programs. 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. 

Middle School Programs

Nine middle schools in PWCS offer Specialty Programs. These programs are available by application. Offerings include the International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, Mathematics and Science, Same Gender Program, World Languages, and Traditional Schools. Please see the Middle School Programs Website for more information.

Elementary School Programs

PWCS offers a variety of Specialty Programs at the elementary level. These programs are available by application. Offerings include the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme, Mathematics and Science, World Languages, and Traditional Schools. Please see the Elementary School Programs Website for more information.

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Applications and Admission

High School Application

Middle School Application

Governor's School Application

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.

*Students applying to the Pre-Governor's School Program at Osbourn Park must complete an additional application. Please visit the Pre-Governor's School Webpage for additional details

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 for specific information.

Transportation

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.

High School Programs

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Advanced Academic and Specialty Programs

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), Environmental Engineering, Fine and Performing Arts, Governor’s School @ Innovation Park, International Baccalaureate (IB), Information Technology (IT),  Law and Public Safety, Pathways to Global Citizenship, and Pre-Governor's School.

CTE Transfer Programs

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 Programs

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.

Middle School Programs

Middle School Information Night Video

PWCS offers Specialty Programs at nine middle schools. 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

High School Course Catalog

Detailed information on graduation requirements and all high school programs and courses is available in the PWCS High School Course Catalog.

Frequently Asked Questions

Admissions Lottery

All programs accept students in good standing based on student interest apart from the Center for Fine and Performing Arts. A lottery is conducted when student application requests exceed the space available in the program.

School Information Nights

Detailed program information and dates for school-based information nights are posted on each program website. Follow the More Information link within each program tab. 

Transfer Eligibility for Virginia High School League Activities (VHSL)

Students who are granted approval to transfer to a school outside their established attendance area shall be eligible to participate in Virginia High School League activities when entering the school as a first time ninth grader, or as a 10th grade student entering a specialty program for the first time. Any further transferring without a corresponding address will result in a 365-day period of ineligibility.

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.

If a student chooses to withdraw from a designated site program, the student shall return to his or her base school the following school year. The student will be ineligible for 365 calendar days in accordance of Virginia High School League Transfer Rule 28A-7-1.

Students participating in Transport programs shall attend all non-program courses and activities at their base school.

Please see PWCS Regulation 640-2 for more information.

Advanced Academic and Specialty Programs

Supervisor:
Karima Wesselhoft
wesselka@pwcs.edu

Secretary:
Karen Fulton
fultonkl@pwcs.edu

Career and Technical Education Programs

Supervisor:
Doug Wright
wrightdr@pwcs.edu

Secretary:
Charlena McCuin
mccuincg@pwcs.edu