Specialty Center fairs, open houses offer information about high school choices

To help students and their parents learn about the variety of high school options, Chesterfield County Public Schools will hold two information fairs, as well as open houses at every specialty center and governor’s school. Students decide in eighth grade whether to apply to a specialty center or governor’s school, so middle school students and parents interested in learning more about these high school opportunities are invited to these events.

Information fairs offer general information and give families a chance to visit booths, ask questions and pick up information. All 13 specialty centers, both career and technical centers, both governor’s schools, CCPSOnline and the school division’s Transportation Department will participate in two information fairs:

  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 2 at Midlothian High, 401 Charter Colony Parkway
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Matoaca High, 17700 Longhouse Lane

Open houses at specialty centers and governor’s schools provide in-depth information about each site:

  • 6 p.m. Oct. 17 for the Health and Physical Therapy Specialty Center at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 18 for the Humanities Specialty Center at Monacan High, 11501 Smoketree Drive
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 for the International Baccalaureate Program at Meadowbrook High, 4901 Cogbill Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19 for the International Baccalaureate Program at Midlothian High, 401 Charter Colony Parkway
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 for the Mathematics and Science High School at Clover Hill High, 13301 Kelly Green Lane
  • 7 p.m. Oct. 24 for the Leadership and International Relations Specialty Center at James River High, 3700 James River Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Oct. 26 for the Meadowbrook Academy for Digital Entrepreneurship (MADE) at Meadowbrook High, 4901 Cogbill Road
  • 6 p.m. Nov. 8 for the Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies at Lloyd C. Bird High, 10301 Courthouse Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 8 for the Visual and Performing Arts Specialty Center at Thomas Dale High (main campus), 3626 W. Hundred Road
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 9 for the Information Technology Specialty Center at Matoaca High, 17700 Longhouse Lane
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 13 for the Mass Communications Specialty Center at Manchester High, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 13 for the Spanish Immersion Specialty Center at Manchester High, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road
  • 7 p.m. Nov. 14 for the Health Science Specialty Center at Cosby High, 14300 Fox Club Parkway
  • 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 for Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School for Government and International Studies, 1000 N. Lombardy St. in Richmond
  • 5:25 p.m. Nov. 16 for Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology, 512 W. Washington St. in Petersburg

Applications for specialty centers are currently available at mychesterfieldschools.com. Applications for governor’s schools will be available starting Oct. 16 in middle school counseling offices. Dec. 1 is the deadline to apply to attend a specialty center or governor’s school for the 2018-2019 school year. Students will find out in March if they have been accepted. More information about the specialty centers and governor’s schools is available here: http://mychesterfieldschools.com/schools/specialty-centers/.