Chesterfield County Public Schools Health Sciences Academy
Program Focus: The program will provide a program of studies that allows students to explore a wide range of health science-related fields, while building an understanding of the core skills necessary to enhance students’ ability to find success in higher education and the 21st century workplace. The rigorous academic curriculum is centered around hands-on classroom and lab experiences to better prepare students for the rapidly changing, technologically enhanced health science field.
- Academy Website: Chesterfield County Public Schools Health Sciences Academy
- Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Chesterfield County Public Schools, Chippenham-Johnston Willis Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University, John Tyler Community College, Virginia Tech, ECPI, Bon Secours Sports Medicine, Sheltering Arms Hospital, St. Francis Hospital, St. Mary’s Hospital, Memorial Regional and Richmond Community Hospital, Central Virginia Health Planning Agency, Brandermill Woods Retirement Facility, West End Orthopedic, Medical College of Virginia and Wauford Group.
Lead/Fiscal Agent: Chesterfield County Public Schools
David S. Eshelman, Ed.D.
Director of Career & Technical Education
Chesterfield County Public Schools
13900 Hull Street Road
Midlothian, VA 23112
Chesterfield Technical Center
10101 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield, VA 23832
Cosby High School
14300 Fox Club Parkway
Midlothian, VA 23112
Monacan High School
11501 Smoketree Drive
Richmond, VA 23232
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 125 students.
Diagnostic Services (2013-2014)
Therapeutic Services (2013-2014)
Health Informatics (2014-2015)
Support Services (2014-2015)
Biotechnology Research and Development (2014-2015)
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;
- Reduce dropout rates; and
- Increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education.
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.