Health & Medical Sciences Academy

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The Health and Medical Sciences Academy is a Virginia Governor's Health Science Academy that is currently found on Monticello High School's Campus. The Academy provides opportunities for students interested in Health Care Careers. Course curriculum is designed to prepare students for post-secondary education and the workforce. Students will engage in various learning experiences during their tenure in their academic course work.


Congratulations Senior Rachel Field

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Started in 1942 as the Westinghouse Science Talent Search, the Regeneron Science Talent Search

(Regeneron STS) recognizes and empowers our nation’s most promising young scientists who are developing ideas that could solve society’s most urgent challenges.

Each year, nearly 1,900 students enter the Regeneron STS, submitting original research in critically important scientific fields of study. Unique among high school competitions, the Regeneron STS focuses on identifying, inspiring, and engaging the most promising scientists among the nation’s high school seniors.

Program alumni include recipients of the world’s most coveted science and math honors, including 13 Nobel Prizes, 13 National Medals of Science, six Breakthrough Prizes, 21 MacArthur Foundation Fellowships and two Fields Medals.

This year Senior Rachel Field is among the 300 top scholars selected by the Regeneron Science Talent Search for her research surrounding bio-pathways associated with the degenerative diseases, ALS.  If her research is clinically supported it could help mitigate ALS symptoms as well as prolong the lives of those who suffer from the disease. 

We are very proud of Rachel for her accomplishments, her commitment to learning and her contributions to Monticello High School. 


9th Grade Classes, Biology, Health I, Biotech Foundations
10th Grade Classes; Chemistry, Anatomy and Physiology
11th & 12th Grade Classes; AP Sciences, HMSA Capstone, Certifications

The goals of HMSA include exciting students about health and medical science as a profession, increasing student exposure to a broad range of career opportunities in health and medical sciences, exploring Anatomy and Physiology in order to prepare students for the rigors of collegiate A&P course, and providing opportunities for preparation and practice via clinical rotations and internships.

Students enrolled in the Academy will engage in lessons and activities that will provide opportunities for students to demonstrate workplace readiness skills. During their first year, students are enrolled in an integrated curriculum covering topics in Biology, Health and Medical Sciences, and Health. This integrated curriculum was designed by teachers and feedback was provided by local Health Professionals, Professors, and Research Scientists in order to ensure that students would gain the skills necessary for current practice.

Second year students enroll in Anatomy and Physiology and Chemistry. These courses are taught separately with a couple of integrated units.

During a student’s junior and senior year, students no longer come together as a cohort. Students are encouraged to enroll in rigorous coursework designed to prepare them for post-high school education. Additionally, students complete a Capstone course where they engage in workplace experiences or complete a research project prior to graduation

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Want To Be A Part of HMSA?

Interested in HMSA for the 2021-22 school year?
Want to learn more about our program?

We are hosting several virtual open houses to help support your decision to join us in the upcoming school year. 

November 19th 4:00-5:00
December 1st 6:00-7:00
December 9th 2:00-3:00

Register by clicking here to receive a zoom link to attend a Virtual Information Session.

Can't make an info-session? Watch this quick HMSA overview below. 

Are you ready to express your interest in joining HMSA for the 2021-22 school year? Fill out the Academy Interest Form for HMSA to join the lottery for our program.    

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HMSA & Virtual Learning

Working From Home

ACPS will open the 2020-21 school year on Tuesday, September 8, in Stage 2, which includes virtual learning for most students and in-person access for a limited number of students.

HMSA faculty have been, and will continue to work to best modify curriculum and apply best practices to aspire to an engaging and quality virtual experience. 

We know that one of the standout features of the HMSA program is the hands-on and skills based curriculum. As we hope to return to some level of Face-to Face instruction at some point this school year we are trying to front-load units which translate better to virtual lessons and forgo, for as long as we can, those lessons which are further enhanced by real-world interactions.

For details about our stages of returning to school, including the transition between stages, please visit the ACPS Stages of Returning web page.