Academies and Specialized Programs

Advanced technical and specialized elective courses are available at the High School Academies for students interested in pursuing coursework in a variety of options related to career pathways.

A high school academy is a center within an existing high school that offers advanced technical and specialized courses that successfully integrate career and academic preparation.

Enrollments in the Academy elective course offerings will provide students with career and academic preparation for postsecondary education and/or career fields. Students enrolling in Academy elective courses will be provided with opportunities to participate in a variety of career experiences including shadowing, mentoring, and/or internships with local businesses.

Open House Details

 
LocationDateTime
Chantilly AcademyJanuary 18, 20246:30 to 8 p.m.
Edison Academy February 3, 202410 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Fairfax AcademyFebruary 6, 20246:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Falls Church AcademyJanuary 10, 2024 (in person)
January 18, 2024 (virtual link - available soon)
6 to 8 p.m. (in person)
6:30 to 7:30 p.m. (virtual)
Marshall AcademyJanuary 25, 20241:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
West Potomac AcademyFebruary 28, 20246 to 8 p.m.
Fairfax County School of Practical NursingTBDTBD
Fairfax County Firefighting ProgramMarch 4, 20246:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Spring Village ConstructionFebruary 17, 2024
March 2, 2024
noon to 2 p.m.

Academy Locations

All FCPS students are eligible to participate in Academy programs. Courses and transportation are available based on base-school location. Use the High School Academy Course Finder to find courses and available transportation!

Academy Programs

Chantilly

  • Air Force JROTC
  • Automotive
  • Carpentry
  • Classroom on the Mall
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary
  • Cyber/IT
  • Firefighting
  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Korean
  • STEM Engineering
  • Teachers for Tomorrow

Edison

  • Automotive
  • Chinese
  • Construction
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary
  • Cyber/IT
  • Electrical
  • Global STEM Challenges Program
  • HVAC
  • Teachers for Tomorrow
  • Veterinary Science

Fairfax

  • American Sign Language
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Dance
  • Fashion Careers
  • Game Design and Development
  • Korean
  • Music and Computer Technology
  • Musical Theatre
  • Professional Photography
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Television and Media Marketing

Falls Church

  • American Sign Language
  • Biotechnology Foundations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Vietnamese

Marshall

  • Arabic
  • Automotive
  • Chinese
  • Cosmetology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culinary
  • Cyber/IT
  • Entrepreneurship
  • STEM Engineering

West Potomac

  • Army JROTC
  • Biotechnology Foundations
  • Criminal Justice
  • Dance
  • Early Childhood Careers
  • Health and Medical Sciences
  • Music and Computer Technology
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Television Production

For a list of specific courses available at each of the academies, please visit the Academy Course Catalog.

Specialized Programs

In addition to courses offered at the six Academies, specialized programs for students with particular interests are available at community-based locations and at single school sites.

Classroom-on-the-Mall

The Classroom-on-the-Mall program is located at Fair Oaks Mall and provides instructional marketing and fashion marketing experiences.

Auto Dealership Program

The Auto Dealership Program, now available at 13 high schools, introduces students to operating a licensed auto dealership.

Practical Nursing

The Fairfax County School of Practical Nursing is located at Plum Center for Lifelong Learning and offers nursing classes to both secondary and postsecondary students.

Spring Village Residential Construction Site

Spring Village Residential Construction Site offers students an opportunity to construct single-family homes.

Firefighting

Firefighting I and Firefighting II are offered at the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Training Academy through a partnership with the Fairfax County Fire and Rescue Department. This program is open to high school seniors.

Health Informatics

Sponsored by the Claude Moore Foundation, FCPS and INOVA have partnered to bring a Health Informatics course to our Health and Medical Sciences Program. The course will be taught at the Falls Church Academy. Health Informatics is an in-demand field with opportunities for students interested in working in a healthcare environment utilizing computer hardware and/or computer software skills.

Work-Based Learning Experiences

Students are able to enhance their learning experiences through a variety of work-based learning opportunities. Work-Based Learning experiences include:

Career Awareness

  • College and Career Fairs
  • Guest Speakers
  • Information Interviews
  • Job Shadows
  • Work-Based Tours

Career Exploration

  • Career Mentorship
  • Externships
  • Internships
  • Service Learning

Career Preparation

  • Apprenticeships
  • Clinical Experience
  • Entrepreneurships
  • School-Based Enterprise

For additional information about Work-Based Learning and opportunities

Career Experience Specialists

Each of the FCPS Academies is staffed with a Career Experience Specialist (CES) whose primary role is to connect students and teachers to work-based learning experiences through the coordination of opportunities with division Work-Based Learning Specialists, business, and community partnerships.