Lloyd C. Bird High School is to provide a program of studies that allows the student to explore a wide range of engineering fields while building an understanding of the core skills necessary to further his/her education in engineering. The academic curriculum that a student follows is both rigorous and centered around a lab experience to better prepare the student for a rapidly changing technologically based field.
Specialty Center Coordinator – Nancy Hoover
Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
Office: 804-768-6110, ext. 3064
While attending the Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies, students will have the opportunity to explore a wide range of engineering fields. Students will be challenged by a rigorous academic curriculum that will prepare them for college. We utilize project based learning and modern technology to prepare the students for tomorrow’s challenges.
Engineering is a field that requires math, science, art, and creativity to create something useful. It’s based around solving future challenges, such as creating new and renewable energy sources, building infrastructure, solving environmental issues, and countless other things.
In March of 1999, under the leadership of Mr. Joe Tylus, Principal of Lloyd C. Bird High School, a steering committee convened to start the planning of what today is known as the Virginia Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies. The committee started with some essential questions: Why should a young person want to be an engineer and what, in a course of studies, would attract a young person to engineering? Over the next several months, the committee developed a mission statement and a program of study designed to “allow students to explore a wide range of engineering fields while building on an understanding of the core skills necessary to further his/her education in engineering” (Steering Committee Workbook).
Mrs. Robin Malone was the first center director for the Pre-Engineering Specialty Center and, under her guidance and administration, the center recruited its first cohort of 32 freshmen who entered Lloyd C. Bird High School in the fall of 2000. The Class of 2004 blazed a trail for students who followed and set a standard for enthusiasm and hard work. The following year, 42 freshmen entered the program and the center saw an increase in enrollment every year thereafter.
Mrs. Beth Teigen, a mathematics teacher in the program since its beginning, became the center director in 2004. As the program grew, so did the number of applicants and entering freshmen. Each subsequent cohort grew until there were over 50 freshmen entering the program each year. Mrs. Teigen was promoted to Assistant Principal in the summer of 2005, and Mrs. Nancy Hoover assumed the director’s position. Mrs. Hoover, like both directors before her, had taught in the program since its beginning. By 2008, the program expanded to offer a 3-year pathway that would enable sophomores to join the engineering program. That same year, applications for the four-year program swelled to over 175 and the freshmen class expanded to include approximately 75 entering freshmen. The first graduating class of the Pre-Engineering Center graduated from college, many with engineering and science related degrees. In July of 2012, Mr. Bob Benway joined the Academy as director and has brought a great deal of experience and excitement for engineering with him.
In August 2018, Dr. Nancy Hoover has come back as Director.
School bus routes and stops may be viewed on the school division website by going to http://mychesterfieldschools.com/transportation/bus-routes/.
If you do not have access to the Internet, you may call the area transportation office:
For additional information about Specialty Center transportation please visit CCPS Specialty Center.
Thank you for your interest in our specialty centers and two regional governor’s schools. The application window for this year has closed. Those who have already applied may access the online application portal at ccpsopportunities.com to monitor their submitted applications. Please see the calendar below for future deadlines specific to individual specialty centers. Please note that the CCPS calendar for the two regional governor’s schools is slightly different than that which appears on their school websites. The calendar below has deadlines specific for students applying through Chesterfield County Public Schools. If you have questions about specialty centers, please visit their websites. You can find a link to each school’s page below.
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.
|Clover Hill High||Mathematics and Science|
|Cosby High||Health Science|
|CTC @ Courthouse||Career and Technical Center @ Courthouse|
|CTC @ Hull||Career and Technical Center @ Hull|
|James River High||Leadership and International Relations|
|Lloyd C. Bird High||Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies|
|Manchester High||Mass Communications|
|Manchester High||Spanish Immersion|
|Matoaca High||Information Technology|
|Meadowbrook High||Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs
International Baccalaureate Program
|Midlothian High||International Baccalaureate Program|
|Monacan High||Health Professions and Therapies
|Thomas Dale High||Center for the Arts|
|10/15/2020||– – – – – –||Applications for Governor’s Schools & Specialty Centers available online and in middle school counseling offices for reference/review|
|10/26/2020||6:30 p.m.||Virtual Specialty Center Fair — Video available on CCPS Schools website|
|10/28/2020||7:00 p.m.||Virtual Open House – CodeRVA|
|11/5/2020||6:00 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Appomattox Regional Governor’s School for the Arts and Technology|
|The 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Open House for each Specialty Center will be repeated again at
|11/9/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Health Professions & Therapies, Monacan High School|
|11/9/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Mass Communications, Manchester High School|
|11/10/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Humanities, Monacan High School|
|11/10/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Center for the Arts, Thomas Dale High School|
|11/11/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Spanish Immersion, Manchester High School|
|11/11/2020||6:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Maggie L. Walker Governor’s School|
|11/12/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Leadership and International Relations, James River High School|
|11/16/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Mathematics and Science High School – Clover Hill High School|
|11/17/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Meadowbrook Academy for Developing Entrepreneurs – Meadowbrook High School|
|11/17/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – International Baccalaureate, Meadowbrook High School (for students zoned for L.C. Bird, Manchester, Matoaca, Meadowbrook, and Thomas Dale High Schools)|
|11/17/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – International Baccalaureate, Midlothian High School (for students zoned for Clover Hill, Cosby, Midlothian, Monacan, and James River High Schools)|
|11/18/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Information Technology, Matoaca High School|
|11/19/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Governor’s Academy for Engineering Studies, L.C. Bird High School|
|11/19/2020||6:00 p.m., 7:30 p.m.||Virtual Open House – Health Science, Cosby High School|
|12/1/2020||7:00 a.m.||Applications for Governor’s Schools & Specialty Centers OPEN in online SchoolMint system|
|12/1/2020||7:00 p.m.||Virtual Open House – CodeRVA|
|12/16/2020||11:59 p.m.||Applications for Governor’s Schools & Specialty Centers CLOSE in online SchoolMint system|
|1/4/2021||– – – – – –||CodeRVA online application opens|
|1/15/2021||3:00 p.m.||Teacher Recommendations for Governor’s Schools & Specialty Centers Due in online SchoolMint system|
|2/20/2021||11:59 p.m.||Applications for CodeRVA CLOSE|
|3/5/2021||3:00 p.m.||Acceptance offers for Governor’s Schools & Specialty Centers made via online SchoolMint system|
|3/6/2021||– – – – – –||Acceptance offers for CodeRVA emailed|
|3/19/2021||3:00 p.m.||Student responses to Governor’s Schools & Specialty Centers admission offers are due via online SchoolMint system|
|3/22/2021||– – – – – –||Students notify CodeRVA of intentions|
|Specialty-Center-Q-_-A Document 2021-2022||October 20, 2020||Download|
|Specialty Centers Application SAMPLE||November 4, 2020||Download|
|Specialty Center Governors Schools Acceptance Process FAQs||March 16, 2021||Download|
|2020-2021 Guidelines for Specialty Centers||October 16, 2020||Download|
|Spec Centers Overview- HS Options 2020-2021||October 16, 2020||Download|
|Event Calendar Insert 2020-2021||October 26, 2020||Download|
|Specialty Center Directory SY21||October 16, 2020||Download|
|SIGNED - Superintendent Invite letter Spec Ctr Fair 2021-2022||October 20, 2020||Download|
|Recommendation Form - Specialty Centers 2020-21||October 20, 2020||Download|
|Specialty Centers Application Requirements 2020-2021 Final||December 11, 2020||Download|