Hampton City Public Schools Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Project Title: Hampton City Public Schools Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
Program Focus: The program will provide rigorous academic preparation and realistic job previews and experiences for students prior to participating in health science programs that lead to industry recognized credentials and state licenses and increase rigor in all related academic subjects, meet local and regional employer needs, and develop students to meet the current and imminent health care industry needs. The curriculum is designed to motivate and challenge students by building their knowledge and critical thinking skills through cutting-edge, technology-infused performance-based instruction. Performance-based learning connects students to the world beyond the school walls, helping students to appreciate the social relevance of their studies while exploring STEM careers.
- Academy Website: Hampton City Public Schools Governor’s Health Sciences Academy
- Board of Education Approved Governor’s Academy Application (PDF)
Partnership Members: Hampton City Public Schools, Hampton University, Thomas Nelson Community College, ECPI University, Riverside School of Health Careers, and Sentara Healthcare
Lead/Fiscal Agent: Hampton City Public Schools
Whitney Ketchledge, CTE Director
School Administration Center
One Franklin Street, Suite 566
Hampton, VA 23669-3570
Bethel High School
1067 Big Bethel Road
Hampton, Virginia, 23666
Number of Students Served: The Governor’s Health Sciences Academy will have the capacity to enroll 260 students, grades 9-12. Seventy students were admitted to the academy for the 2016-2017 school year.
Diagnostic Services (2013-2014)
Therapeutic Services (2013-2014)
Biotechnology Research and Development (2014-2015)
Support Services (2014-2015)
Health Informatics (2018-2019)
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; 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.