Academic Resources

20 Questions to Ask your School Counselor: Prepared by The College Board:
Your school counselor is one of your best resources as you plan for college. Your counselor has information about admissions tests, college preparation, and your education and career options. The site includes some basic questions to help get your conversation started.


Test-Taking Tips:
Whether you are a high school or college student, tests are unavoidable. If you take a multiple-choice exam, your strategy will be different than if you were to take an essay test. This site discusses proper note taking, studying and test taking strategies as a vital part of improving your grade and academic success.


Study Skills: provides free links to valuable sites on the Internet related to the subject of studying.


Early College Scholars:
The Early College Scholars program allows and encourages eligible high school seniors to complete their high school diploma and concurrently earn at least 15 hours of transferable credits toward a college degree, resulting in a more productive senior year and reducing the amount of college tuition for families.


CTE Administrative Planning Guide (APG):
Includes information to help school divisions plan and schedule career and technical instructional programs and make the best use of instructional resources. The document is organized around specific program areas and the courses, course sequences, and certifications available to students as they begin preparing for careers.


Path To Industry Credentialing for Secondary Career and Technical Education:
Encourages students to work toward earning an industry certification, achieving a state licensure, or passing an occupational competency assessment while pursuing a high school diploma. Students who earn a credential and complete a Career and Technical program may earn up to two student-selected verified credits to meet graduation requirements. The Virginia Board of Education has approved 151 credentials for career and technical education (CTE) courses or course sequences.


Career Connections:
Designed to help students prepare for careers and continuing education in a challenging and rapidly changing workplace. The total concept of Career Connections includes the components of career information resources, career development, and career connecting links.


Commonwealth Scholars:
The primary goal of Commonwealth Scholars is to increase
the number of high school graduates who successfully complete a specified program of academic courses that are designed to prepare them to enter community colleges and universities ready to succeed. Commonwealth Scholars is targeted to “middle majority” and first generation students.


Virginia Department of Education, Office of Career and Technical Education:
Career and Technical Education in Virginia annually serves more than 550,000 students in grades 6-12 through its career and technical courses and programs. At the state level, Career and Technical Education supports many initiatives and provides valuable resources that further enhance the value of its educational offerings.


Virginia Department of Education, Office of Middle and High School Instruction:
Office of Middle School Instruction

Office of High School Instruction
Provides quality instruction in a well-articulated educational program to Virginia’s middle and high schools to include English-language arts; mathematics; science; history, social sciences and international education; fine arts; health, physical education and driver education; gifted education and Governor’s schools; school counseling; STEM education; and foreign languages. Additionally, the Office provides leadership on Standards of Learning, program initiatives, state and federal grants, and facilitates technical assistance to the field.


Virtual Virginia:
A program of the Virginia Department of Education serving students
in Virginia middle and high schools by providing flexible options for the diverse educational needs of students and their families. The program offers access to online courses for students who might not be able to take advanced placement and world
language courses due to the lack of a highly qualified instructor, too few students to offer the course, or scheduling conflicts within the school.


Governor’s Career and Technical Academies:
Academies are programs designed to expand student options in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) literacy and the related skills and credentials that will prepare students for high-demand, high-wage and high-skill careers.


Courses to Satisfy Graduation Requirements for the Standard, Advanced Studies,
and Modified Standard Diplomas in Virginia Public Schools: Section 8 VAC 20-131-50 of Regulations Establishing Standards for Accrediting Public Schools in Virginia (8 VAC 20-131-10 et. seq.) (the Standards of Accreditation - SOA) sets forth the requirements for the Standard, Advanced Studies, and Modified Standard Diplomas. Those requirements specify which level of courses and/or subject area disciplines students must complete to earn either a standard or verified unit of credit in the areas of mathematics, laboratory science, and history and social science, as well as the credit requirements in other content disciplines. The regulations also specify that the Board of Education can approve additional courses (other than those specifically named in the standards) to satisfy the requirements in those areas.

For students entering the 9th grade prior to 2010-2011

For students entering the 9th grade in 2010-2011 and beyond

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