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8th and 9th Graders: Now’s the Time to Apply to the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams

ALEXANDRIA, VA – Since 2018, T.C.Williams High School students with an interest in pursuing a career in the health and medical fields have had the option of enrolling in the Governor’s Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams.

In partnership with George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences, Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) formed a school within a school and created a program specifically designed to prepare those students for a future in the healthcare industry.

It was also designed to help stem the predicted shortage of healthcare staff in both Virginia and the wider U.S. in years to come.

Applications from rising 9th and 10th graders are being accepted from now until March 27.

Seven pathways are offered in the areas of:

  • Biomedical & Health Informatics
  • Emergency Medical Sciences
  • Medical Laboratory Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Pharmacy Technology
  • Sports Medicine
  • Surgical Technology

“Out of nine Governor’s Health Sciences Academies in Virginia, our Academy at T.C. is the only one that has partnered with a university, offering all of our health sciences classes for dual enrollment credit,” says ACPS.

Through the collaboration, students will have the ability to receive up to 18 college credits from GW’s School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS).

All those who successfully complete an academy pathway, with a minimum GPA of 2.75 and meet program prerequisites will be offered guaranteed admission to SMHS.

Students must apply online with completed essays and teacher recommendations. Applicants will be notified in late May of a decision.

If you have questions, please email Michele Coffman, Dual Enrollment and Academy Coordinator at [email protected].

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Mary Wadland

Mary Wadland is the Publisher and Editor in Chief of The Zebra Press, founded by her in 2010. Originally from Delray Beach, Florida, Mary is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Hollins College in Roanoke, VA and has lived and worked in the Alexandria publishing community since 1987.

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