Academy of Health Sciences

  •  Academy of Health Sciences 

    Middle College High School 

    The Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George’s Community College 

    On July 11, 2011, the first middle college high school in the state of Maryland opened at Prince George’s Community College (PGCC) with a summer bridge program for 100 rising 9th grade students. The Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George’s Community College represents a significant partnership with the Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS). 

    The Academy is focused on preparing students to enter one of PGCC’s Health Sciences Clinical Programs or transfer to a four-year college or university to pursue additional educational offerings related to health sciences. The Academy’s rigorous, innovative four-year program combines high school and college courses through dual enrollment credits. Students are introduced to college courses in their first year. By 12th grade, college courses are the foundation of the program. At the time of graduation from the Academy, students will have met the requirements for a high school diploma and an associate’s degree. 

    Students are supported by academic coaches and have access to both PGCPS and PGCC student services and academic support programs. 
     

    Extracurricular Activities
    The Academy does not offer interscholastic athletics. However, extra-curricular clubs and programs are developed by the school in collaboration with PGCC and make use of the many resources available at the college.

    Transportation and Food
    Transportation, breakfast, and lunch are provided for students. Students eat their meals in the “Owl’s Nest” dining hall located on the first floor of Lanham Hall.

    Governance
    The Academy is a Prince George’s County public school. The principal, teachers, and staff are school employees. Day-to-day operations of the school are under the direction of the principal.

    Target Population
    Admission to the Academy is open to all 8th grade students from Prince George’s County with an expressed interest in health sciences. One hundred 9th grade students will be admitted to the Academy each year until full enrollment of approximately four hundred students in grades 9-12 is attained. 

    Application Process and Criteria
    The application process will ensure equity of participation from all areas in Prince George’s County.  Fifty percent of the students will be underserved students who are First Generation College (i.e., neither parent has graduated and received a bachelor’s degree) and/or students of low socio-economic status. Admission will be contingent upon student participation in the Academy’s Summer Bridge Program.

    To be considered for admission to the Academy of Health Sciences, PGCPS students must take an entrance exam that will be administered at their schools. Middle school counselors have access to the electronic application for students enrolled in PGCPS and will print the electronic application for students interested in applying for admission. Students not enrolled in PGCPS must access the online application on the PGCPS website. Applications will be reviewed and processed by the Sub-committee for Student Applications and Recruitment. 

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    For more information, contact:
    The Academy of Health Sciences @ Prince George’s Community College
    301 Largo Road
    Lanham Hall, Room 119
    Largo, MD 20774-2199
    (301) 583-1593
    http://www1.pgcps.org/academyatpgcc/index.aspx?id=147422