Newport News City Public Schools and York County Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Project Title: Newport News City Public Schools and York County Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Program Focus: The program will combine academic coursework and clinical experiences with a challenging and focused school environment to prepare students for careers in the Health Sciences. Students will gain the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in Health Sciences careers by learning how to work in teams, communicate effectively, and apply the principles of mathematics and science to solve real-world problems in the health career field. The program of study is designed to expand options for students’ health science literacy and other critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare students for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skills health sciences careers in Virginia.
Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Newport News Public Schools, York County Public Schools, New Horizons Regional Technical Center, Riverside School of Health Careers, Riverside Health Systems, Thomas Nelson Community College, Hampton University, Old Dominion University, and Community Health Charities.
Lead/Fiscal Agent: Newport News City Public Schools
Lead Contact Person:
Dr. Crystal B. Taylor
CTE Instructional Supervisor, Newport News City Public Schools
Secondary Contact Person:
CTE Instructional Specialist, York County Public Schools
Warwick High School
51 Copeland Lane
Newport News, VA 23601
Bruton High School
185 East Rechambeau Drive
Williamsburg, VA 23188
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy will have the capacity to enroll 400 students, grades 9- 12. During the initial school year (2013-2014) applications will be accepted for 150 students.
Support Services (2013-2014)
Therapeutic Services (2013-2014)
Diagnostic Services (2014-2015)
Health Informatics (2015-2016)
Biotechnology Research and Development (2015-2016)
Academy Goals and Description:
The overall goals of the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy are to provide expanded options for students’ health science literacy and other critical knowledge, skills, and credentials that will prepare them for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skills health sciences careers in Virginia.
Specific Governor’s Health Sciences Academy objectives include:
- Improve academic achievement of students in the Academy;
- Increase completion of dual enrollment courses;
- Provide work-based experiences for students through strong partnerships with businesses and health care institutions;
- Increase high school graduation rates;
As a result of participating in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy, students will:
- Gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge incorporated in their health sciences fields of study;
- Benefit from specialized, project-based courses which develop critical-thinking, problem-solving, and decision-making skills, preparing them for the 21st century world;
- Acquire greater communication and collaborative skills;
- Develop workplace readiness skills;
- Receive opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the work force and when applying to advanced training schools or postsecondary institutions;
- Obtain meaningful hands-on experiences in their career pathway studies; and
- Benefit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, clinical, and cooperative experiences, providing the student with an advantage when entering postsecondary education and/or the workplace.