8th Grade Families – High School Applications

8th Grade Families,

8th grade is a very exciting year in Henrico County Public Schools.  There are several opportunities for our students to apply to amazing programs for the next school year.  Here is a brief overview of the programs as well as links for more information including this Application Timeline:

  1. Henrico County Public Schools Specialty Centers – HCPS offers 17 Specialty Centers including the 2 ACE Centers (formerly known as the Tech Centers).  There will be two Information Sessions for all centers on September 28th (Highland Springs HS) & October 6th (Glen Allen HS), and both sessions are at 7:00 PM.   Each center has its own website for more exploration. Follow this link to find these websites.
  2. Code RVA – “CodeRVA is an innovative, regional, public high school in central Virginia focused on preparing students for college and careers in computer science and coding.”  To find out more, please follow this link.
  3. Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School – “The Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies is an innovative public high school offering a comprehensive college preparatory program emphasizing government, international studies, science, mathematics, languages, and fine arts. The school serves students selected on the basis of aptitude and interest in its mission.” Students must meet certain criteria to apply.  If interested, keep this link handy for applicant criteria and program information as more information will be posted soon.


As application season approaches, students will be able to find links and more information by looking at our HCMS School Counseling Schoology Course. Please feel free to contact me (student last names A-F) or your child’s school counselor (Counselor Nill, G-N and Mrs. Hughes, O-Z) with questions.