In addition to the broad spectrum of programs in each comprehensive high school, Chesterfield County Public Schools offers students the opportunity to participate in optional academic programs related to special interests.
Specialty centers and locations
|Visual and Performing Arts||Thomas Dale High|
|Information Technology||Matoaca High|
|Mass Communications||Manchester High|
|Spanish Immersion||Manchester High|
|Mathematics and Science||Clover Hill High|
|International Baccalaureate Program||Midlothian High|
|International Baccalaureate Program||Meadowbrook High|
|Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies||Lloyd C. Bird High|
|Leadership and International Relations||James River High|
|Health Science||Cosby High|
|Chesterfield Technical Center||next to Lloyd C. Bird High|
Please download documents below to print, fill in and submit to school Guidance Office.
- Specialty Center Application Requirements
- Specialty Center Application
- Specialty Center Recommendation Form
Other options for secondary students
- Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies
- Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology
Specialty center transportation
Bus stops are established within a three-mile radius of students’ residences. These are considered express stops. No intervening stops are made between the established stops, even though the bus may pass right by your door.
Routes and stops are established by the transportation office in the home school area of the student. For example, if the student normally attends James River High but enrolls in the Specialty Center for Visual and Performing Arts at Thomas Dale High, then transportation is through the transportation office responsible for James River.
Each year, routes are posted on this website and are available to schools by Aug. 15. Stops are created if the addresses do not fit existing stops (i.e. a new student does not live within a three-mile radius of an existing stop).
School bus routes and stops may be viewed on the school division website by going to http://mychesterfieldschools.com/about/transportation/bus-routes/. There are six transportation areas – find your home school, then click the specialty routes for that area – located at the bottom of each list.
If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call the area transportation office:
- Area 1 – Bird/Meadowbrook 804-743-3605
- Area 2 – Midlothian/Monacan/James River 804-378-2475
- Area 3 –Clover Hill/Manchester 804-739-6260
- Area 4 – Matoaca/Thomas Dale 804-796-2604
- Area 5 – Exceptional Education – 804-768-6124
With permission, students may ride a different bus in the afternoon. For example, if an afternoon bus leaves a specialty center going to a stop that is more helpful to the student and family, the student may ride that bus rather than the one taken in the morning.
Activity buses are available and leave from each specialty center about 4:30 p.m. to return students to their home school. Once at the home school, specialty center students are responsible for getting home just as all other students who stay after school for various activities.