We are thrilled that you are interested in attending the Advanced Career Education (ACE) Center!
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Read the directions and timeline below to get your ACE Center application started! If at any time you need assistance, please contact the ACE Center you are applying to for help. (Contact numbers are listed below.)
Student Application Directions:
- Students will select the appropriate application based on their grade level:
|Grade Level||Application Link|
|Class of 2023 and 2024
(Current 10th & 11th graders)
|Click here: https://bit.ly/ACEAppHCPS|
|Class of 2026
(Current 8th graders)
|Click here: https://bit.ly/ACEappClass2026|
|Alternative Applications by Language||Spanish: Click here
Arabic: Click here
- Once you are ready to begin, click on the application link above that matches your grade level. Be sure that you are logged into your HCPS Google account. NOTE: If you were accepted as an 8th grade student to the ACE Center there is no need to reapply. Check your ACE Center Schoology Group for directions about next steps or contact Mrs. Bishop – email@example.com
- Next, complete your personal contact information and school information. Take your time and double check your email address and contact phone numbers for accuracy before moving to the next page.
- On page 2, first, you will select the ACE Center you’re applying to based on the home high school you attend. To verify which Center you should apply to based on the program and school, use bit.ly/ACEcentersBYschool. NOTE: Students who are not selected at the first Center they apply to, may be selected for the program at another Center if space is available.
- Secondly, on page 2, identify the program you are applying to.
- At the end of this section on page 2, you will communicate your wishes should you not be selected during the first round of the application process. Students may select to remain on a waiting list of the program they’ve selected OR they can select an alternative program of interest to be considered for.
- In the last section of this application, students will complete a series of questions that are intended to communicate your interests and goals. These responses will be used to score the application to determine the students’ fit at the ACE Center. Teachers will score the responses using a rubric (bit.ly/ACErubric2021). Students are encouraged to review this rubric prior to responding and submitting your application to ensure your responses reflect how you are hoping to score. Note: Scores will not be shared with applicants or families.
- Once you are satisfied with your responses, you will submit your application. Remember, there is only ONE submission per student.
- Congratulations, you have now officially applied to the ACE Center!
November 15th – Application is available online on the Specialty Center and CTE websites
February 1st – Open House at Highland Springs ACE
February 2nd – Open House at Hermitage ACE
January 10th – Application deadline for 8th grade students
February 1st – Open House at Highland Springs ACE 5-7pm
February 2nd – Open House at Hermitage ACE 5-7pm
February 6th – Application deadline for 10th & 11th grade students
February 11th – Application re-opens. All applications submitted on or after this date will be placed on a waiting list and will be reviewed/notified on a rolling basis as openings become available after March 11th. Students who have already applied do NOT need to reapply, they should contact their home school counselor to learn about which programs have openings. First time applicants should apply for consideration to the open programs.
March 11th – Eighth grade students submit acceptance notification to Mrs. Bishop (ACE Center at Hermitage Associate Principal)… details of how to do so will be explained in the March 11th email. High school students (10th or 11th grade) must notify their home school counselor of their intent for attending the ACE Center next school year.
March 18th – 10th & 11th Grade students notified via email of acceptance status
*All waitlist and alternative program selection applications will be notified on a rolling basis as openings are available.
March 21 – June 3 – Students who were not selected for their first choice and choose an alternate option will be notified on a rolling basis as openings are available. Students who applied after the February 6th deadline will follow this same timeline. During this time period, priority for remaining openings is given to students who applied by the initial deadline.
March 31st – Students no longer planning to attend the ACE Center must notify the homeschool counselor.
April 16th – Eighth grade students will be added to a Schoology group for the “ACE Center Class of 2026” (This group is used to communicate with the students about events that will take place during their freshman and sophomore years.)
FAQ – Can I make changes after I submit?
Students who want to make an application change PRIOR to the application window closing can communicate this request with the homeschool counselor, who will collaborate with the ACE center counselor to process the change. After the initial window closes, changes cannot be processed until AFTER the first round of applications have been reviewed. To clarify, all applications submitted within the deadline are processed first and letters are communicated through email on March 18th for the status of the first application. After March 18th, we begin reviewing the applications that have been submitted during the rolling admissions process on a first come first serve basis. It should be noted that when the application re-opens for rolling admissions, programs that had a high number of applicants will not be available.
NOTE: New applications will NOT be accepted after the first 2 weeks of the beginning of a school year. Students enrolling after this time have typically missed the equivalent to 15 class periods of a standard course and have a hard time catching up.
ACE Center at Hermitage – 756.3020
Russell Lewis, Counseling Director – firstname.lastname@example.org
ACE Center at Highland Springs – 328.4075
Paula Harris, Counseling Director – email@example.com
ACE Center at Virginia Randolph –
Kevin Hurley – Assistant Principal – firstname.lastname@example.org