Henrico County Public Schools provides a unified process and calendar for applications to all Specialty Centers. All information can be found on the HCPS website for Specialty Centers. Please reference these documents to obtain an idea on how each individual specialty center establishes its own criteria that is based on the specific curriculum along with the other factors in determining the eligibility for enrollment into their center.
HCPS students can login at this link to complete their application. Non HCPS students can access the application from the HCPS Website. Current eighth grade students living in Henrico County who are not enrolled in a Henrico County middle school and are interested in applying for a Specialty Center for the 2020-2021 school year must take the NWEA MAPS Reading and Math Tests and will also have to complete a one hour writing prompt. Interested students must register for both the NWEA and writing assessments. Information can be found on the HCPS Specialty Center web page.
Shadowing will take place on March 17, 2020 for those students who have been offered a spot in the CIT for the 2020-2021 school year. Detailed information will be sent to those students on March 6, 2020.
The Center for Information Technology seeks students who have a strong desire to participate in a rigorous course of study in Information Technology/Computer Science. This is an immersion program and all CIT classes center around these topics. The CIT receives an abundant amount of applications each year, and the applications with the qualities below will have a higher chance of being accepted.
|1||Possess a genuine interest in Information Technology/Computer Science|
|2||Demonstrate strong math skills|
|3||Have achieved high academic performance|
|4||Take initiative in leadership roles and responsibilities|
|5||Are willing and able to adapt to changes|
|6||Work effectively in teams and independently|
|7||Have effective communication skills|
|#||Applications will be evaluated on:|
|1||Strength of submitted application, including two letters of recommendation (math, technology or science teachers recommendations preferred)|
|2||High academic performance indicated through grade transcripts and standardized test scores, with a minimum GPA of 3.2|
|3||Competitive performance on the NWEA Assessments and the CIT writing prompt (submitted with the application)|
|4||Demonstrated interest in IT/Computer Science activities|
|5||Completion of Algebra I with a 93.0 or higher average prior to final acceptance|
|6||Demonstration of the qualities of the ideal candidate|