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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.)aceBW3200

Student Application Directions:

    1. 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:
Class of 2026
(Current  8th graders)
Click here:
Alternative Applications by Language Spanish: Click here


Arabic: Click here

  1. 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 –
  2. 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. 
  3. 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 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. 
  4. Secondly, on page 2, identify the program you are applying to. 
  5. 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. 
  6. 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 ( 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. 
  7. Once you are satisfied with your responses, you will submit your application. Remember, there is only ONE submission per student. 
  8. 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.

 Contact Information

ACE Center at Hermitage – 756.3020

Russell Lewis, Counseling Director –

ACE Center at Highland Springs – 328.4075

Paula Harris, Counseling Director –

ACE Center at Virginia Randolph – 

Kevin Hurley – Assistant Principal –

16 Comments Add yours

  1. Joseph Elionai says:

    Dear Sir
    How can I obtain admission for M-1 international high school to take Vocational course in the center


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      Are you a Henrico County student who is already enrolled in a area high school?


  2. Asir Taha says:

    When is the due date for the High Tech Academy application?


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      All ACE Center applications including HTA, are due by Jan 18th 2017.


  3. Shoa Durant says:

    Due to the weather effecting the visitation schedule. Is there a new application deadline?


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      We are still taking applications for classes that have not been filled. Please give them to to a student counselor and they will put it in the system. What class were you interested in. You can email your response to Thanks


  4. DeShaun clarke says:

    I am looking for an opportunity here DeShaun c


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      Which high school are you enrolled in. We are currently visiting all 10th graders about our programs they can sign up for now and begin attending in their junior year.


  5. I want to participate in this program Electricity & cabling


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      If you are in 10th grade you can apply with the online application. We also have early bird registration for 8th graders. Thank you.


  6. Jourdan Jones says:

    when will we learn if we are accepted into an ace center?


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      Sometime in March. Thank you for your question.


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      The application period for the 10th and 11 grades has been extended to February 6th so sign up online today. 8th-grade applications have expired for this year. Thank you for your question.


  7. Nyaza mangum says:

    I like the class nd I wanna try it


    1. Henrico CTE says:

      8th, 10th, and 11th-grade students can apply for the class of their choice to start their junior or senior year. 8th-grade registration has ended for this year. 10th and 11th-grade students’ application window has been extended to February 6th. Just apply on the Apply Now page and you will hear back sometime in March. Thank you for your question.


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