Health & Medical Sciences Academy
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.
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
HMSA & Virtual Learning
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.