Alternative Programs

Welcome to Alternative Programs

Chesterfield County alternative programs provide students individualized academic and behavioral support to access the standard curriculum in a small non-traditional setting. 

Please let us know if you have any questions or need support.  We look forward to serving you!

Academy 360

Mission/Vision:  A360 provides a safe learning environment and non-traditional option for middle school students to enhance their social and study skills and achieve academic success.

  • 1st Period - 8:30-9:10 (at home high school)
  • Planning until 9:45 for teachers
  • Homeroom - 9:45-10:10 (Student Arrival to A360)
  • 2nd Period - 10:10-10:50
  • 3rd Period - 10:52-11:32
  • 4th Period - 11:32-12:14
  • LUNCH - 12:14-12:39
  • 5th Period - 12:41-1:21
  • 6th Period - 1:23-2:03
  • Homeroom - 2:05-2:40 (Student Dismissal)

Candy Maso, Counselor, [email protected]    639-8668 x2803

Missy Radtke, Assistant Principal, [email protected]   639-8668 x2836

Rebecca Harmon, Coordinator of Alternative Programs, [email protected]  804-398-0581

Students are accepted to A360 at the beginning of every school year.  Schools refer students to the programs based on age and commitment to complete the program.  We are only able to accept 70 students each year.

YES!    We are slated to be staffed with an ESL teacher for the 2021-2022 school year.

YES!    We have a Special Education teacher who will be serving as a collaborative teacher.  We will have collaborative classes, but no self contained or pull out.

Successful students are ones who want to be here, they know the value of the program, it has been explained to them and they want it!  Please call us so we can talk with you about this program.

We do not turn down students for behavior, grades or attendance – we are in the business of removing barriers and getting every student a high school diploma!

Students must have repeated a grade level somewhere K-8.   Students can be in the 8th grade for the first time or repeating the 8th grade.  Students must pass the 7th grade or be socially promoted to the 8th grade.  If students have passed the 8th grade, this program is not for them.

Students must be 14 by September 30 of the current year.

A360 students start every day at their home high school where they take 1st period HPE9 with other high school students.  After 1st period they get on a shuttle bus with other high school students that will take them to the Hull Street campus for their A360 classes.  At the end of the day, students will get on the shuttle bus back to their home high school and then board the neighborhood bus back home.

We will follow a typical high school bell schedule, 4 periods a day, plus a flex block.

List of classes A360 students will take:  English 8, English 9, Algebra 1, World History 1, Career Investigations, Health/PE9, Physical Science

Currently all classes are C-Level.   Possibly offer Honors depending on interest.  Cannot guarantee Honors classes, nor Earth Science.  If a student is in SS2 then they will take Physical Science at A360.

The classes are really small.  We limit the program to 70 students to keep classes small.  We will be able to grow and expand our program if we have more teachers and more space.

No.  Your ‘school of record’ will still be your middle school where you are technically an 8th grade student.  But you will never take another class there and you will not go to that school again, unless you want to visit a former teacher.

NO!  Students can earn 4 high school credits (English 9, HPE9, Algebra, World History)  and 2 verified credits (Algebra, World History)

Students will take ALL the SOLs – English 8 Writing and Reading, English 9 PBA, Algebra, World History, Physical Science

Yes!  But they have to want it!  Students have to put in the work to earn those 4 high school credits.  Remember, a standard diploma is only 22 credits.  When students leave A360 they only need to earn 18 more credits, which is more than possible in three years.  Early graduation is a family choice, it is not mandatory. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in Tech Center programs in the future if they attended A360.

Transportation to and from A360 is provided, parents DO NOT have to provide transportation.  A360 is housed at the Career and Technical Center on Hull Street at 13900 Hull Street Road, Midlothian VA, 23112.

Space is usually the first factor.  We can only accept 70 students.  Parent acceptance is sometimes another.  If you have questions, please call us!

Yes – this can be VERY confusing for many students and families.  In order to be a sophomore you must have 5 credits.  A360 students will only enter with a maximum of 4.  Even if they had 10 credits, they would still be a 9th grader. Because, the first time a student enters High School, they MUST be coded as a 9th grader.  We are happy to explain this in further detail to students and families.

Yes!  A360 is the alternative option for middle school students in CCPS at this time.  We have small class sizes and our focus is on targeted remediation, social skills, and social emotional learning.

Cell phones must be turned off and put in the students locker at the start of the day.  Or placed at the front of the room at the start of class.  We are a no cell phone program!

We follow the CCPS policy.  We do not have uniforms at A360.

Most students go to their home high school with their friends to start their high school career.  Others choose to attend Carver College and Career Academy, CCPS’s alternative high school.  Once students leave A360, the possibilities are up to them!  They are just like any other high school student, but with 4 credits towards graduation, which will allow them to do high school in three years if that is their choice.

PLEASE CALL US!  We are here to help.  This is our passion and mission.  Let us know what you need!

Assistant Principal serving Academy 360
[email protected]  804-639-8668 Ext. 2836 (office)

 

Office Manager
[email protected]  804-639-8668 (office) 

 

Coordinator of Special Education
[email protected]   804-639-8900 x1905 (office)  804-621-2580 (google voice)

 

Testing Coordinator
[email protected]  804-639-8900 x1845 (office) 804-251-0995 (google voice)

 

School Counselor serving Academy 360
[email protected]   804-639-8668 ext 2803 (office)  804-464-8057 (google voice)

Students need to leave their valuables at home. Bookbags and cell phones will be stored in their locker from the time students arrive at Academy 360 to the time they leave at the end of the day.  The expectation is for students to leave their cell phone in their book bag, in their locked locker which only they have the combination to.  

However, if a student chooses to carry their cell phone, it must be put in the front of the classroom when the student walks into the classroom.  Cell phones are not allowed during class time.  Students who choose to use their phones during class will have their phones taken by an adult.   Confiscated cell phones will not be returned to students but will only be returned to a parent or other adult identified by the parent.  There will be no warnings, this is the warning.  Cell phones will be taken on the first offense. 

Please contact Mrs. Rebecca Harmon, Coordinator of Alternative Programs, if you have any questions or Mrs. Melissa Radtke, Assistant Principal of Academy 360.

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Updated 7/13/2021

Los estudiantes deben dejar sus objetos de valor en casa. Las mochilas y los teléfonos celulares se guardarán en su casillero desde el momento en que los estudiantes lleguen a Academy 360 hasta el momento en que se vayan al final del día. La expectativa es que los estudiantes dejen su teléfono celular en su mochila, en su casillero cerrado con llave, donde solo ellos tienen la combinación.
 
Sin embargo, si un estudiante elige llevar su teléfono celular, debe colocarlo en el frente del salón de clases cuando el estudiante ingrese al salón de clases. No se permiten teléfonos celulares durante el horario de clases. A los estudiantes que elijan usar sus teléfonos durante la clase, un adulto se los quitará. Los teléfonos celulares confiscados no se devolverán a los estudiantes, sino que solo se devolverán a un padre u otro adulto identificado por el padre. No habrá advertencias, esta es la advertencia. Los teléfonos celulares se tomarán en la primera infracción.

Adult Continuing Education

Adult Programs offers opportunities for Chesterfield County residents to continue to learn and grow.  We offer Work Force Training and Certifications, Enrichment Classes and the Super Senior Passport.   We also work with adults who are interested in completing their GED.    Adult students who want to improve their English Language Skills can also take classes with us.

Workforce Information

Registration site for workforce classes:  ace.mychesterfieldschools.com

Contact:  804-768-6140

Dawn Wells - [email protected]

GED Information

In Person classes led by a teacher are held in the Fall and Spring Semesters.  Registration is open for a limited time before both sessions.   However, we offer a self-paced online program for GED preparation that can be started at any time during the year.  If you are interested in getting started online, please contact our office for more information.

In-person class registration will open again in August:

ace.mychesterfieldschools.com

Contact - 804-768-6140

Hilary Parr - [email protected]

Classes available for GED Preparation

Tuition - $25 Book (optional) - $25 Calculator (optional)  - $15

Critical thinking

Prepare for the GED Reasoning Through Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies Exams. Explore themes in history and science and discuss their application to current events.  Learn to evaluate arguments, practice the rules of written English, and learn how to write in a formal, organized style.

Math

Prepare for the GED Math Exam.  Solve everyday problems using numbers, graphs and charts, basic operations, central tendency, decimals, fractions, percents and ratios.  Use measurement, probability, equations, expressions, algebra, geometry, functions and patterns to represent data and relationships.

GED Testing Service ged.com Official site for all information for the GED

Thank you for your interest in Chesterfield County’s Practical Nursing Program. Included in this packet is an application and a PN handbook. Please read the handbook in its entirety before applying to the program.

Applicants must be 18 years of age or older, graduated from high school or have a GED diploma and currently have a DCA, CNA or PCA license.

Follow the instructions in the application. The complete application including references and transcripts must be received or postmarked by November 22, 2022.

Applicants will report to take the TEAS (Test of Essential Academic Skills) practical nursing aptitude test on December 5 at 6pm at 10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield. (enter at door 3)

Study material available at https://atitesting.com/teas-prep

You are applying for the spring of 2023 PN cohort. This cohort will take PN 1 in the 2023 school year and continue to PN 2 in the spring of 2024 school year. The class will graduate in December of 2024.

You will be notified of your admission status by December 16. The cost of PN 1 is $4000 and due before the start of class. The cost of PN 2 is $2000 and due before spring 2023 class. Payment plans may be available.

Classes will be held at the Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road starting January 9, 2023. Classes are held on Monday-Thursday from 6 pm to 9 pm in room 106. Please use door 3 to enter the building after school hours.

Required clinicals for PN 1 will be 40 hours and may be during the weekday or on the weekends.

We appreciate your interest in our nursing program. If you have any further questions, please call 804 768-6140.

What is the TEAS? 

The ATI TEAS, or Test of Essential Academic Skills, is a standardized test designed specifically to assess a student’s preparedness for entering the health science fields. Questions are designed to test the basic academic skills you will need to perform successfully in the areas of: Reading, Math, Science, and English and Language Usage. 

You can review additional information about the ATI TEAS, Version 7 exam, here.

Why do I (the student) have to take the TEAS? 

The ATI TEAS has been statistically proven to be a valid predictor of early nursing school success. Your score on the TEAS is one measure of academic preparedness that helps Chesterfield County consider your acceptance into our nursing program(s). 

What does the TEAS exam consist of? 

The ATI TEAS test is comprised of 170 questions that are formatted as both multiple choice items with 4 answer options and alternate-type items. This includes 150 scored questions and 20 unscored pretest questions. Students have 209 minutes to complete the exam. 

For students testing on or after June 3, 2022 (ATI TEAS, version 7), the number of questions in each content section and subsection are as follows: 

  • Reading – 45 questions (55 minutes)
  • Key Ideas & Details – 15
  • Craft & Structure – 9
  • Integration of Knowledge & Ideas – 15
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 6
  • Math – 38 questions (57 minutes)
  • Numbers & Algebra – 18
  • Measurement & Data – 16
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 4
  • Science – 50 questions (60 minutes)
  • Human Anatomy & Physiology – 18
  • Biology – 9
  • Chemistry – 8
  • Scientific Reasoning – 9
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 6
  • English & Language Usage – 37 questions (37 minutes)
  • Conventions of Standard English – 12
  • Knowledge of Language – 11
  • Using Language and Vocabulary to Express Ideas in Writing – 10
  • Unscored Pretest Items – 4

  

How should I prepare for the TEAS exam? 

ATI, the official provider of prep for the exam, recommends that you allow yourself at least six weeks to prepare for the exam.

There are a variety of prep resources available to help you study for the test – all aligned to the ATI TEAS, Version 7 and packed with thousands of practice questions based on the content and format of the actual exam.  

ESL Information

Come join our learning community! In our English classes, students will improve their reading, writing, listening and speaking abilities.  Students will learn about American culture, workforce and educational systems while improving their computer literacy skills. Levels include: Early literacy through high advanced. There are three methods of instruction offered: in-person, virtual classes (100% on the computer, teacher led) and distance learning only (100% on the computer, self-paced).  Students receive a textbook and opportunities to access online learning and educational enrichment. 

Contact - 804-768-6140

Joyce Clements - [email protected] 

Melinda Dart -  [email protected]

Call or email us and speak with one of our staff members.  768-6140

Pearson Vue testing Center

  • Test appointments are available for the Pearson Vue testing Center.
  • Location:  Chesterfield Technical Center, 10101 Courthouse Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832
  • Day: Every Wednesday 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Night: Every Monday and Wednesday 5-9 p.m.

Adult Continuing Education Specialist – Workforce
[email protected] 804-768-6140 ext. 1920 (office)

 

Adult Continuing Education Specialist
English Language Support [email protected]net  804-768-6140 Ext. 1914 (office)

 

Adult Continuing Education Specialist
English Language Support [email protected]net 804-768-6140 Ext. 1923 (office)

 

Adult Continuing Education Specialist
GED [email protected] 804-768-6140 ext. 1917 (office)

 

Adult Continuing Education Secretary
[email protected]  804-768-6140 (office)

 

Adult Continuing Education Secretary
[email protected]net  804-768-6140 (office)

Connections

Connections Academy is an alternative program to serve students who have been removed from the comprehensive school setting by the Office for Student Conduct. Students in Connections Academy will continue to work with their home school to receive instruction and complete assessments. Teachers at Connections Academy facilitate learning assignments between the student and their home school and provide academic support when needed. 

Contact Information

Mr. Ben Collins, Assistant Principal  804.768.6156 ext. 5315  [email protected]

Night School

Night School provides high school students the opportunity to complete and earn high school credits for FREE in the evening. Students engage in intense academic study to complete a traditional year-long course in a single semester. Please note that students not present on the first night of their class will be unenrolled to allow students on the waitlist to attend.

Due to the program's accelerated nature, students will be withdrawn with a failing grade after five unexcused absences. All classes start promptly at 5:00 PM and in-person students must be picked up at 9:00 PM. Absences and tardiness will be closely monitored. Arriving tardy or leaving early three times equals one absence. With the tardy and attendance policy in mind, please arrange reliable transportation and/or internet service. 

There will be a break in instruction at 5:45 PM and again at 7:45 PM. All in-person students will be provided dinner for FREE. Students may also bring food to eat. Students may not order food to be delivered to school. During breaks, students are not permitted to leave school grounds.

Students may retake the first semester of a course at Night School while they continue the second semester at their home school. The goal is for students to retake the first semester in order to earn a passing grade for the year. Students in ReStart classes will be withdrawn after three unexcused absences. Restart is limited to English 12 and Government only.

Assistant Principal serving Night School and Connections Academy
[email protected]net  
804-263-4821 (cell)  
804-768-6156 Ext. 5315 (office)

 

Office Manager
[email protected]  
804-639-8668 (office)

 

School Counselor serving Night School and Connections Academy
[email protected]   
804-768-6156 (office) 
804-372-3187 (google voice and text)

 

Coordinator of Special Education
[email protected]   
804-639-8900 x1905 (office) 
804-621-2580 (google voice)

 

Testing Coordinator
[email protected] 
804-639-8900 x1845 (office)
804-251-0995 (google voice)

Fall Courses Offered:

Monday/Wednesday Nights 5:00- 9:00 

  • AFDA – Hybrid- Virtual Monday/in-person Wednesday
  • English 10
  • English 11
  • English 12
  • Virtual English 12
  • Virtual Economics and Personal Finance
  • Ethics & Culture in Film
  • Health/PE2 & Drivers Ed. (together)
  • Health/PE 2 (only)
  • Driver’s Education (only)

Tuesday/Thursday Nights 5:00 – 9:00 

  • Economics and Personal Finance
  • World History I
  • VA/US History
  • Government
  • Virtual Government
  • Ecology
  • Art I
  • Art II

Spring Courses Offered:

Monday/Wednesday Nights 5:00- 9:00 

  •    AFDA – Hybrid- Virtual Monday/in-person Wednesday
  •    English 10
  •    English 11
  •    English 12
  •    Virtual English 12
  •    Virtual Economics and Personal Finance
  •    Health/PE2 & Drivers Ed. (together)
  •    Health/PE 2 (only)
  •    Driver’s Education (only)
  •    ReStart Government 

   Tuesday/Thursday Nights 5:00 – 9:00 

  •     Economics and Personal Finance
  •     VA/US History    
  •     Government
  •     Virtual Government
  •      Biology II
  •      Restart English 12
  •      Art I
  •      Art II

Contact Information

Please let us know if you have any questions or need support. We look forward to serving you!

Coordinator of Alternative Programs
[email protected]
804-398-0581 (cell)

In accordance with School Board Policy 6131, please report any concerns regarding sexual harassment to the
Title IX Coordinator, Rebecca Harmon, 804-398-0581.