Governor's Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School

  • The Governor's Health Sciences Academy at T.C. Williams High School is a school-within-a-school. The academy has been designed through a collaborative effort between ACPS and The George Washington University. Through this collaboration, students will have the ability to receive up to 18 college credits from The GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences. Students will have the opportunity to start a career pathway that leads to an associates and/or bachelors degree and career-related industry certifications. Students who successfully complete an academy pathway will be offered guaranteed admissions to the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

    If you have questions, please email Michele Coffman- Dual Enrollment and Academy Coordinator at

    Additional information about the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences can be found


    ACPS and The George Washington University (GW) School of Medicine and Health Sciences have partnered to create a new CTE pathway for students interested in careers in medicine and healthcare at T.C. Williams. This partnership aims to addresses the workforce shortage of qualified healthcare workers in Virginia and the wider U.S.

    It will start with the launch of a biomedical informatics pathway in fall 2018, followed by four additional pathways–sports medicine, pharmacy, emergency medical services and medical laboratory sciences–that will launch over the next four years. See an overview of the Pathway Options at the Academy of Health Sciences (PDF).

    GW faculty will work collaboratively with faculty from T.C. Williams to broaden and enrich the offerings for the students. Currently, T.C. Williams offers a nursing and surgical technology pathway in its Health and Medical Sciences Department.

    Through the pathways created by the partnership, T.C. Williams’ students can begin earning college credits in their first year of the program, which could be as early as ninth grade. For some, this will significantly reduce the amount of time and money needed to graduate from college and will create various career options upon graduation.

    Students who successfully complete the program have the option to:

    • Attain employment immediately after graduation into an entry-level medical role in the workforce,
    • Matriculate into Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA) to attain an associate’s degree, or
    • Transfer into the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, through a guaranteed admissions agreement, with college credits towards earning a bachelor’s degree. Under the partnership, students who opt to complete their health sciences degree at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences will also be eligible for scholarships.

    The Goals of the Academy are to:

    • provide expanded options for students’ health science literacy and other critical knowledge, skills and credentials that will prepare students for high-demand, high-wage, and high-skills health sciences careers in along with a comprehensive career readiness curriculum.
    • use hands-on collaborative learning and lab experiences to better prepare students for rapidly changing, technologically enhanced health science fields.
    • build on the strength of existing CTE program areas within the high school.
    • improve the academic achievement of Academy students by increasing academic rigor and relevance within selected pathways.
    • increase completion of dual enrollment courses.
    • increase high school graduation rates, and reduce dropout rates.
    • increase enrollment and retention in postsecondary education.
    • reduce the proportion of student requiring remediation in college.
    • grow the number of industry certifications awarded to high school students.

    Students will:

    • gain a deeper understanding of the skills and knowledge incorporated in their health sciences field of study.
    • benefit from specialized, project-based courses that develop critical-thinking, problem-solving and decision-making skills.
    • improve communication and collaborative skills.
    • develop workplace readiness skills.
    • gain opportunities to earn industry certifications preparing them to be more competitive in the workforce and when applying to advanced training schools or postsecondary institutions.
    • obtain meaningful hands-on experiences in their career pathway studies.
    • benefit from opportunities for internships, mentorships, clinical and cooperative experiences.
    • reduce post-secondary education costs and time for degree completion.